A couple weeks ago, my friend’s baby was having a difficult afternoon. He was fussy, cranky and eventually turned up the dial and started crying. My friend texted me, upset. At the time, I was nursing my daughter Evelyn down for her afternoon nap and couldn’t do much besides send text messages offering support. But then it dawned on me - Reiki! I’ve successfully given both Evelyn and Henry Reiki treatments in the past. For crankiness, illness and otherwise general malaise when we weren’t sure what was bothering them.
Without telling my friend, I sent her son Henry some distance Reiki to help calm him down. 3 minutes later she said, “He’s asleep now.” I’ve no doubt it was the calming energy sent his way to help him find sleep and stay asleep.
Some of you might be rolling your eyes right about now, wondering how on earth energy ‘medicine’ could work in person much less via distance. A little healthy skepticism is a good thing to have, with all health-related treatments. All I can say is I’ve seen enough and lived through enough examples of it working to say that indeed, it does. I encourage everyone to try it for themselves.
Reiki is a Japanese word – Rei means universal transcendental spirit and Ki means life energy. Everything we are, do and experience is energy. And so, Reiki is a form of using our energy and that around us and setting an intention for its use. Reiki promotes the body’s natural healing process
Hands-on, yet gentle, Reiki can help:
- babies sleep well for longer stretches
- aid in soothing a baby with colic
- relieve pain from teething
- speed up recovery during a cold
During a Reiki treatment, subtle energy flows from the hands of the practitioner to the client during a Reiki treatment session and it’s this energy that creates relaxation and a healing effect.
I’ve used Reiki most often in my Hospice work, with palliative patients. But given that I’m a mom to an infant now, with friends who also have babies, I’ve used it a lot on our babies with a great deal of success. I am so confident in what Reiki does that I am considering creating and holding a course for local Toronto parents on how to use Reiki with/for their babies. Who wouldn’t want an extra tool in their arsenal to help soothe a crying baby?
Any local Toronto mamas interested? I’m putting together course materials now and will likely hold my first group/course here in my home in late October/early November. I am also considering a video series for those who don’t live in Toronto. Is there any interest out there for this sort of thing?
Have you ever used Reiki or any other alternative treatments on an infant or young child? Share your stories with me!