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Reiki for caregivers

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Reiki therapy sets the stage for deep relaxation, restored balance of mind-body-spirit, an enhanced sense of well being and improved ability to concentrate. It is also a powerful resource to address specific mental, emotional and physical imbalances like pain, stress, injury and illness. As part of an ongoing program, Reiki brings relief to groups of people who share symptoms in common like veterans with PTSD, cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, people with ADHD and the more than 44 million Americans classified as 'informal' or 'family' caregivers, who provide unpaid care for persons in need. In Los Angeles, where the life expectancy exceeds the national average (78.3 years vs. 80.3 years), caregivers are under tremendous strain as they strive to create a better quality of life for those in their care and for themselves.

The most common informal caregiver is an adult child caring for an aging parent. In other scenarios, people may provide care for an elderly or sick spouse, elderly grandparents, severely disabled children or siblings, disabled friends and neighbors in need. In the U.S., informal caregivers provide 80% of long term care. Most caregivers are middle-aged women and many work full time jobs. They struggle with deep-seated feelings of guilt, anger, loneliness, depression and exhaustion. Shared illnesses throughout this population include heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, high levels of stress hormones and a compromised immune system. They spend lots of time taking care of others, yet tend to neglect themselves and, compared to non-caregivers, they are less likely to get enough sleep, cook healthy meals or get enough physical activity.

Reiki encourages caregivers to take better care of themselves, so they can provide better care for others.

Overcome feelings of overwhelm. A scheduled Reiki therapy session is about one hour long. That's an entire hour during which you release all demands placed upon you in everyday life and relax into a state of receiving pure love, light and positive energy. You will emerge from a single session feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Program yourself for a healthier lifestyle. Reiki can be performed with a specific intent in mind. With the Reiki practitioner, determine some specific changes you would like to see in your life. During the session you will remove energy blockages that prevent you from choosing healthy behaviors. It's like a form of self-hypnosis, gently planting seeds that subtly modify your daily life choices, nudging you into alignment with your true desires for yourself.

Boost your immune system. Preliminary studies show that Reiki enhances the immune system by increasng the number of white blood cells present in subjects. An enhanced immune system means fewer incidences of colds, flu and infections.

Lower blood pressure. In one study, heart rate and diastolic blood pressure decreased significantly in people who received 30 minutes of reiki, as compared to a placebo intervention or 30 minutes of rest.

Feel more in control. Reiki is something you can have done to you by a practitioner, or you can learn to perform Reiki on yourself and on those you are caring for. By taking a level I Reiki class with a certified Reiki Master Teacher, you are taking steps toward, and opening yourself up to, a system of self-care and healing that is available to you anytime, anyplace and in any amount needed.

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