I first "met" Jackie Linehan, better known as the Peaceful Runner (@PeacefulRunner ), when I came across her website as I was researching running and how to heal injuries. Turns out she was implementing a Remote Reiki for Runners program and though skeptical, I gave it a try. Here is what I learned by interviewing Jackie:
Christy: What is Reiki?
Jackie: Reiki is an alternative therapy that originated in Japan. It is used for stress reduction and relaxation and it also promotes healing. It is a simple, safe and natural method of healing and self-improvement that everyone can use.
Reiki treats the whole person as it aids the body's natural healing process. It focuses on the "life force energy" that flows through us and causes us to be alive. Reiki balances and heals the energy in the body and its healing energy goes where it is needed most.
After a Reiki treatment, sometimes a condition appears worse for a short period of time. This is a sign of healing as the condition is being brought to the surface where it can be healed and released.
Christy: How did you become interested in Reiki?
Jackie: I have always been interested in natural healing methods and I also have a strong belief that our health is related to how we connect to our bodies on a spiritual level. When I witness others suffering needlessly, I want to be able to help them. So when I first heard about Reiki, I knew it was something I had to learn. It has given me a way to help others improve their health and well-being in an natural and spiritual way.
Christy: What are the benefits of Reiki?
Jackie: There are so many benefits of giving and receiving Reiki and absolutely no disadvantages or negative side effects. Reiki has been known to be effective in helping virtually every known illness. It has been scientifically shown to decrease pain levels, speed healing and relax the mind and body. Some other specific benefits include:
- Strengthens the body's natural healing abilities
- Assists in high risk surgeries
- Speeds recovery after surgery
- Helps chronic conditions
- Strengthens self-esteem and awareness
- Relieves stress, anxiety and depression
- Decreases pain levels and speed healing
- Alleviates sleep disorders
- Helps substance abuse recovery
- Promotes spiritual awareness and connection
- Reduces side effects of radiation and chemotherapy
Christy: Why focus on runners?
Jackie: I am a runner myself so I am aware of the issues that frustrate runners, particularly running injuries. I also believe that many running injuries would be prevented if runners could develop a stronger connection to their bodies by strengthening the mind and body connection.
On my website, thepeacefulrunner.com, I provide lots of tips on how to prevent injuries. However, when a runner develops an injury, the healing process can often take quite a long time. This is where Reiki can help.
When injuries or illnesses take a long time to heal, it is often caused by low energy levels. Reiki's healing energy can stimulate the body's healing process and balance the energies in the body so that healing can occur much more quickly.
Christy: Can Reiki be practiced anywhere? Please give some examples.
Jackie: Another great thing about Reiki is that it is not limited to location. Reiki can be performed at a distance and it is just as effective as an in-person session.
So runners everywhere can now benefit from the healing benefits of Reiki!
Examples: I live in London, England and I have given Reiki treatments from my home to clients in Canada, the U.S., Austria and in a village nearby. All recipients have reported that they felt sensations from Reiki's healing energy during the treatment and they also reported that the sessions were beneficial.
Christy: Anything else you would like to add?
Jackie: Reiki's healing energy addresses imbalances on four levels: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. This means that the recipient may not only experience physical improvements but improvements in other areas of their life as well. Difficult situations may suddenly seem easier to cope with, relationships improve and they feel more at peace. Reiki treats the whole person creating many beneficial effects as its healing energy goes where it is needed most.