Reiki is a holistic healing art form that originated in Japan. Reiki involves the channeling of energy by a qualified practitioner to a recipient for the purposes of stress reduction and healing (reiki.org).
Originating in Japan, Reiki is an ancient form of healing which is guided by the higher power in the universe. Reiki is a non-denominational practice, and you may receive the benefits of a treatment whether or not you believe in any type of organized religion.
During a Reiki treatment, the client lays, fully clothed, on a massage table. The practitioner places her hands on specific parts of the client's body. The practitioner acts as a facilitator for healing energy - not directing the flow but acting as a channel.
The effects of a Reiki treatment can be powerful. It can vary from person to person, but according to the International Center for Reiki Training, it is generally relaxing, and can provide a release of tension or anxiety. Some people have visions or report out-of-body experiences. In her book, Pamela Miles reports that many people with serious illness have experienced dramatic improvements in their condition.
Reiki Master Pamela Miles points out that Reiki does not attack disease but rather supports well-being by strengthening the body's ability to heal through better balance. Reiki may not always bring about a cure, but it can bring about a spiritual healing through restoring energy flow and providing a sense of well-being.
According to altmedicine.about.com, Craniosacral Therapy (CST) uses gentle manual pressure applied to the skull, spine, and membranes to restore rhythmic flow to the craniosacral system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, cerebrospinal fluid, and surrounding membranes.
Everyone can potentially benefit from this subtle work, though with some, the improvement may be more dramatic than with others. Because CST enhances the natural desire of the brain and nervous system to be healthy, it is effective in assisting the prevention of chronic conditions, including the problems of aging, stiffness, dryness, memory loss, inflammation, and immune imbalances. CST also addresses injuries, even those that occurred long ago and that we had no idea were still affecting us. Birth trauma commonly affects one throughout life unless addressed, for example. Other common examples include head or tailbone injury from sports, falls, violence, or auto accidents. Even recovery from minor surgeries such as dental work which can create strains and anesthesia residues, can be supported by CST. Because CST practitioners focus on strengthening the whole system and creating a safe environment, the body can show these unresolved issues, and the CST practitioner can facilitate a resolution. We do not need to remember or relive our traumas in order to benefit from their resolution.
Craniosacral Therapy and Children
Children respond well to CST because it is gentle, non-invasive, and effective in ways they intuitively recognize. Even newborns and very small children quickly get used to the work as they develop trust in their practitioner. Pre-verbal children may actually direct the practitioner’s hands to areas of discomfort. Children easily show the dynamics of their experience through movement and sounds. Subtle work can be done by the practitioner during "playtime" in which the child is observed and assisted in completing unresolved challenges. Parents are often astounded at the way a crabby, hyperactive, or miserable child will fall into deep relaxation or sleep during treatment. The challenge, of course, is the busy toddler who won't lie still. Here the parent can help out by holding the child as the practitioner makes even brief contacts on the spine, head, and sacrum (craniosacraltherapy.org).
Children tend to be very open to this gentle treatment, so one session can be profoundly effective. Any issues that can be resolved during infancy or childhood, typically in only one or two sessions, can potentially prevent decades of medical and psychological treatment later on. Parents report better feeding, longer naps, more restful sleep at night, decreased symptoms of cholic and other gastrointestinal disturbances, as well as an overall sense of well being after just a few sessions.