The Detox Process
Reiki energy healing initiates a cleansing and detoxifying process. Reiki is like the calm after the storm. The raging winds of our traumatic past subside, a light rain falls, and grace descends like a mist. Every part of our being opens to the process of feeling, shedding, releasing and letting go. In time, we get in touch, through our body and feelings, with our sacred pulse and flow, and with our purpose in life. All our energy fields detox.
Release occurs during the session and continues after the session. Detox generally lasts a few days. It is a release from the body of the dis-ease causing toxins, and should be supported rather than suppressed. Despite experiencing cleansing symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, diarrhea, odorous and discoloured stools, increased urination or perspiration, a running nose and cold symptoms, we still feel well and relieved. Detox can be supported in the following ways: drinking water frequently, eating lightly, taking detox baths, doing yoga, exercising, and seeking naturopathic care.
In a Reiki session, the practitioner clears many blocks in our energy fields. It is vital that we support this cleansing and facilitate the clearing on a physical level in the week that follows the treatment. Our job is to rid our body of all the toxins that are congesting our system, slowing down our metabolism, clogging up our digestive tract, and polluting our blood. Consuming 2 litres of water a day is the simplest way to support our body’s filtration system.
The ideal meal after a Reiki session consists of a bowl of brown rice and green leafy vegetables. This supports the liver and kidneys while detoxifying. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, I suggest avoiding for a few days foods that beleaguer the body, such as red meat, dairy (except yoghurt), alcohol, sugar (except honey), fried and spicy foods, fizzy drinks, and wheat. So please no pepperoni pizza! Good food choices include salads, dark green leafy vegetables, vegetable juices, eggs, soya, tofu, cereals, pulses (beans), lentils, brown rice, fish, poultry, soups, olive oil, and detoxifying spices, including garlic and ginger.
Sugar and caffeine: Are you addicted?
High levels of sugar and caffeine in the body read to a Reiki practitioner like white noise from a TV that has no reception, and this noise pervades the entire energy system. Sugar and caffeine are fuels that maintain our no longer useful survival mechanisms. They efficiently and effectively keep us separated from our core selves. These toxins obstruct the process of integration and critically interfere with energy flow.
Addiction is very different from a craving. A craving is a temporary state and an addiction is a long- term, habitual problem. We create addiction by giving our bodies high levels of such things as coffee, tea, sweets, and highly processed foods that contain a lot of sugar or salt. These addictive foods give us an immediate “hit”: we feel relaxed, happy, confident and transported. Try to imagine how much you would miss that café latte or bar of chocolate if you could not have it—that’s the measure of your addiction. It is important to wean ourselves from these addictions so that our bodies can become used to lower levels of polluting toxins and revert to a less hyped state of being. It can then begin to extract the sugar/energy it needs from natural sources again.
Yoga complements and supports all aspects of our healing journey and Reiki therapy. The underlying purpose of all aspects of the practice of yoga is to reunite the self with pure consciousness. The word yoga means “joining.” It is one of the oldest systems of personal development in the world, encompassing body, mind, and spirit. Integrating the material body, the mind, and the spirit is key to the kind of balance that leads to well-being. The yoga postures, or asanas, exercise every part of the body, stretching and toning the muscles and joints, the spine and the entire skeletal system. In addition to the body’s frame, the asanas work on the internal organs, glands and nerves, keeping all systems in radiant health. By releasing physical and mental tension, the asanas liberate vast resources of energy. Yogic breathing exercises revitalize the body and help to still the mind, leaving us feeling calm and refreshed, while the practices of positive thinking and meditation promote increased mental clarity, power, and concentration. In time and with regular practice we become aware of the subtle change in our approach to life—for through persistently toning and relaxing the body and stilling the mind, we begin to reach a state of inner peace, which is our true nature.
I suggest taking a detox bath after every Reiki session, especially if you have had a significant release during the session. It is indispensable to perform a nurturing, cleansing ritual. Immersion in water is an ancient healing practice, while mineral rich waters purify body and soul. This practice is especially transformative for victims of sexual abuse. We open our pores to love, hope, and joy while letting go of all pain and fear. During Reiki, healing energy enters our crown chakra at the top of the head. For healing to occur, it requires that we open up to this energy and draw it down to the material plane. Bathing in mineral waters eases us into this process and facilitates the integration of knowledge. Our bath becomes our sacred inner sanctum in which work can continue in safety and with a conscious, directed focus.
Epsom Salts and Baking Soda Bath: Add 1 to 2 cups Epsom salts and 1 cup baking soda to a tub of warm water and soak for at least 20 to 30 minutes
Epsom Salts and Ginger Bath: An Epsom salt bath with ginger opens pores and eliminates toxins and also helps to eliminate pain. Stir 1 cup Epsom salts and 2 tablespoons of cut-up fresh ginger in a cup of boiling water, then add to the bath. Remain in the tub for 20 to 30 minutes.
Vinegar Bath: Add 1 to 2 cups 100% apple cider vinegar to a bathtub of warm water. This is beneficial when the body is too acidic. It is a quick way of restoring the acid-alkaline balance. Soak 40 to 45 minutes. This is excellent for excess uric acid in the body and especially for the sore joints, arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis.
All forms of exercise support the detox process. Many of the toxic chemicals that enter our bodies do not dissolve in water; they are fat-soluble. When our livers have difficulty breaking down toxins it sends them to our fat stores. Until our bodies need these fat cells for conversion into energy, they remain where they are, filling up with more toxins. Exercise is essential when detoxing to break down the fat stores so that the toxins can be released along with the fat cells. If our bodies remain toxic our energy flow remains constrained and sluggish, thus our self-transformation and healing are impeded.