Most people usually turn to their counselor or medical doctor whenever they are struggling with depression or other serious mental health struggles.
Often we are encouraged to immediately rely on medication and seek no other treatment. Medication can be wonderful, but sometimes it can also just mask the real problem.
For many people, medication is a requirement for the body to actually heal but for others, medication only hides the real issues.
I know a lot of people are now turning to holistic and alternative doctors to find relief for their mental health challenges. I know, because that was my story.
I've struggled with Bipolar Disorder II since I was a child. At 19, I was diagnosed and I immediately went on medication for treatment. It took years of experimenting to get "Close" to what would be the best thing for me-but it was really really difficult for me to endure all of the trials and errors.
I struggled with weight gain, horrible & violent dreams, medical issues, and even some of my medications made my symptoms WORSE (which is a common side effect of my many medications).
I wanted to find another healthier way to approach my mental health so I started cleaning up my lifestyle. I went to bed at a decent hour, started working out every day (or at least 3-4 times a week), and started eating cleaner. I lost weight AND felt stronger both mentally and physically.
Then I found Reiki and Reiki has been a MAJOR source of healing for me. It's helped me to relieve the symptoms of my own depression - whenever they threaten to appear.
Research supports that Reiki can help in allievaiting some of the symptoms of mental health disorders, such as depression.
- Reiki aids in relaxation. – Center for Reiki Research According to the Center for Reiki Research, Reiki has been shown to reduce sympathetic autonomic stimulation and produce a significant relaxation response among people who had been diagnosed with Burnout Syndrome, a disorder characterized by exhaustion and emotional issues. It is likely that the same relaxation response would be produced among clients with depression.
- Reiki reduces the symptoms of depression. – Alternate Therapies in Health and Medicine In addition, according to a study published in Alternate Therapies in Health and Medicine, patients who received regular Reiki treatments demonstrated a significant reduction in the symptoms of psychological distress and depression. The symptom reduction experienced by these patients continued for one year after the treatment regimen was complete.
If you're struggling with mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder II - I encourage you to consider booking a Reiki session. This practice does not have to take the PLACE of what you're already doing-rather it can enhance the practices you are currently doing (such as taking your medications, working out, etc.)
Check out this article for more information on how Reiki has helped people with Depression and what research shows us.
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If you'd like to see how Reiki can help you, book your session with me. <3