Article originally published on Zuri Sabir Doula Artistry
Reiki is a gentle, hands-on energy healing modality that calms the nervous systems so the body can naturally heal itself. Reiki can be incorporated into any pregnancy wellness program or birth plan. The results ensure a happy and healthy parent and child.
How Reiki Works
The central nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, optical nerves, digestive system, and nerve endings. In a reiki session, the reiki practitioner/master places his or her hands on the client’s head, over the eyes, on the arms and legs, and around the belly sending energy to the body. The energy relaxes the nervous system so the client can experience the following:
- Calm mind;
- Reduced stress;
- Increased focus;
- Stronger concentration;
- Improved sleep;
- Increased energy.
The mind and body heals naturally when the central nervous system is at peace. Reiki can be done in person or absentia. The client does not have to be present to gain the same benefits as the live sessions. The reiki practitioner/master focuses their energy on the client to deliver the same energy.
Reiki Healing and the Baby
Singing and talking to a baby during pregnancy helps with development and strengthens the emotional bond between parent and child. Receiving reiki during any trimester or while in labor creates a similar healthy bond. When the parent is calm and happy, so is the child. Some case studies have described babies as moving around less or falling asleep during reiki sessions.
Reiki has become increasingly popular as doctors share stories about reiki given to patients during surgery, which accelerated healing. Reiki is now used in hospitals across the globe for check-ups, in emergency rooms, and during recovery. As a result, doulas, midwives, and nurses are integrating reiki in prenatal care.
A healthy pregnancy includes proper nutrition, exercise, and rest. Reiki can be included to increase the wellbeing of parent and child. It can also be given to co-parents, grandparents, and siblings so the entire family can be resting easy as they await the arrival of the baby.