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What is Reiki? How about a calming session of relaxation while reducing stress.

A few years ago, I was introduced to Reiki by a friend. She is a Reiki Master. I scheduled a session with her, and it was terrific. I had more sessions throughout the years. I would try to convince my husband to try it.

Then one day, we went on a road trip to Sedona. I said to him, is it okay if I schedule a Reiki session here. He said yes, and I will have one too. He had a healing with energy experience during his Reiki session. Since that trip to Sedona, my husband has encouraged me to become a Reiki Practitioner. It may have been for his benefit. He can have Reiki anytime he wants it.  

I am sure a few of you have never heard of Reiki, and some of you have. 

What is Reiki? 

Reiki is a Japanese technique for relaxation, which also promotes healing. Reiki’s performed through touch, or hands are hovering over someone or distance. Warm and soothing energy flows from the practitioner’s hands into the recipient, promoting relaxation and releasing tension. 

A Reiki treatment takes about an hour and is carried out with the recipient fully-clothed (except for shoes) and resting comfortably with pillows and a blanket on a massage table or other stable flat surface, which is a comfortable height for the Reiki practitioner to work. The Reiki practitioner’s hands are placed gently on or near the body and kept still for a few minutes. The recipient may feel heat or tingling from the practitioner’s hands or notice a flow of energy within the body. Recipients usually feel calm and relaxed during and after the treatment; however, some may feel energized.

What may happen during a Reiki session?

  • You may feel very relaxed and fall asleep
  • You may see colors
  • You may feel at peace or emotional

What is Distant Reiki?

The practitioner conducts Reiki to flow into a person who isn’t near them from a distance with their permission.

How can Reiki help?

Reiki balances and works on the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual levels. It may assist with pain management, preventive care, and mental/emotional circumstances such as anxiety, addiction, stress reduction, relaxation, and more. It focuses on sending energy into the body for optimum health.  

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Posted in Blog, Inspirational Moments, Personal Inspiration, Work-Life balance

Forest Bathing – Why Spend Time in Nature?

I enjoy being out in nature or just plain outside. Whether it is a few moments outdoors on my patio drinking coffee, a hike in the mountains, or camping lakeside taking time outdoors seems to rejuvenate me. So I am not surprised that others feel the same way.

Spending Time in Nature! Photo by Patti Oskvarek

There is a new craze called Forest Bathing (a Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku), which means spending time in nature and using all your senses. There is scientific research on this concept of Forest Bathing. According to the study being in nature restores our mood, refreshes, and rejuvenates us. It can lower blood pressure and decrease stress levels. When you feel overwhelmed, go outside, take a brief walk alone and see if this uplifts your spirit. 

Spending Time in Nature! Photo by Patti Oskvarek

This weekend my husband and I went to a cabin in the woods. It was lightly raining, and the smell of the trees was so refreshing. After the rain stopped, we went for a walk to the nearby creek. The sounds of the rushing the water and the birds in the trees were very relaxing.

Me in the trees.

How to Forest Bath:

Go outdoors and find some trees or a large garden area with a variety of plants and trees.

Turn off your phone.

Walk slowly and quietly within the area.

Breathe in the smells.

Listen to the nature sounds.

Look around at your surroundings.

Ask yourself “What am I noticing?”

Enjoy those moments of peace and calm.

Places to go in Arizona for Forest Bathing:

Boyce Thompson

The Arboretum At Flagstaff

Payson Arizona

Mountain Lemmon

Show Low Arizona

Cochise County Arizona

Take Away:

Being in nature is soothing, especially when having a chaotic day. Making some time to go outdoors and get fresh air and a little bit of sunshine can uplift our spirit and decrease anxiety.

How about trying it today?

What did you notice?

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