Adding holistic modalities to your pregnancy wellness routine.

Pregnancy can be a beautiful and transformative time, but it can also come with its own set of challenges. Beyond the more traditional medical practices offered to pregnant people to promote peace of mind, such as non-invasive prenatal screening tests, anatomy ultrasounds, etc., some patients also look for holistic ways to support their pregnancy. Reiki may be worth considering. This gentle practice involves using energy to promote relaxation and balance in the body. It may also offer a range of benefits for expectant mothers.

What is Reiki, and how does it work?

Reiki is a form of energy healing that originated in Japan. It involves the practitioner placing their hands on or near the body to channel energy and promote healing. The idea behind Reiki is that the practitioner can balance the body's energy. Promoting physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. While the exact mechanisms of how Reiki works are not fully understood, many report feeling more relaxed and peaceful after a session.

If you are more comfortable with at-home pregnancy wellness, know that some Reiki practitioners also practice distance Reiki!

Benefits of Reiki during pregnancy

Reiki can be a wonderful tool for pregnant women to support their physical and emotional health. It can help reduce stress and anxiety, particularly during pregnancy when hormonal changes and physical discomfort can be challenging. Reiki can also help promote relaxation and improve sleep, a vital benefit for both the mother and the baby. Additionally, some women report that Reiki helps them feel more connected to their baby and their intuition during this special time.

Finding a qualified Reiki practitioner

When seeking a Reiki practitioner to support your pregnancy, it’s important to find someone who is experienced in working with pregnant women. You may also want to ask for referrals from other pregnant women who have had positive Reiki experiences. It’s important to feel comfortable and safe with your practitioner, so take the time to find someone who can establish trust and connection; that’s the key!

To learn more about the benefits of Reiki during pregnancy, we’ve connected with Alex Payton, Reiki Master, and Theta HealerⓇ, with Gaia Child Healing, located in San Diego, CA.

"Reiki enrolls you in a self-connection that allows your body, mind, and spirit to be expressed as one harmonious instrument." - Alex Payton

Incorporating Reiki as part of your holistic prenatal care plan might support a healthy pregnancy.

What to expect during a Reiki session?

During a Reiki session, you will typically lie down or sit comfortably while the practitioner places their hands on or near your body. The practitioner will then use gentle touch or hand movements to channel energy into your body. The intention is to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and support your overall health and well-being. You may feel a warm or tingling sensation during the session, or you may simply feel relaxed and peaceful. Each session is unique and tailored to your individual needs and preferences.

Incorporating Reiki into your overall prenatal care plan

Reiki can be a valuable addition to your overall prenatal care plan. It can help you manage stress and anxiety, reduce physical discomfort, and promote relaxation and restful sleep. It can also help you connect with your baby and prepare for childbirth. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider before incorporating Reiki into your prenatal care plan, and choose a qualified Reiki practitioner with robust experience working with pregnant women.

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Please note: and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

April 13, 2023 — Juno Diagnostics