If you have ever moved you know how stressful and how emotionally draining it can be. Now ,try breaking up with your significant other of six years, selling all your possesions and moving 1800 miles away from everyone you know and love (with two dogs to boot). Needless to say I’ve been a bit stressed and if you have read my previous entry you know that I now have three children in my life . My life is definitely different , but I’m adjusting…slowly. Luckily I have had the good fortune of meeting an amazing Reiki Master here in Austin by the name of Karisa Prestera.
Reiki was developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. It uses a technique commonly called palm healing as a form of complementary and alternative medicine and is sometimes classified as oriental medicine by some professional bodies.Through the use of this technique, practitioners believe that they are transferring healing energy in the form of ki through the palms.
I had an idea what Reiki was prior to meeting Karisa, but have never had a session. Karisa explained that I would be on a massage table and that she would essentially transfer energy to my seven chakras. I was definitely looking forward to this transfer of energy. I had been in my head for the last couple of weeks, unable to connect with others or even play with my nieces. Yes, you could say I was being selfish and stuck on stupid. After all this talk about Reiki and unblocking my energy, I couldnt wait. I am always open to alternative medicine and other unconventioanl treatments.
As I lay there waiting for her to begin I started to concentrate on my healing and letting go of my pain. She was kind enough to put my favorite music on from the Cocteau Twins, Victorialand. I immediately relaxed and shut my eyes and thanked the universe for my healing ,over and over again until I began to drift off. Not knowing what to expect, I just kept my eyes closed and evisioned my pain leaving my body. I felt heat from her hands as they hovered over my head. I would love to say that I was transported to this lovely place of euphoria, but it was more like a wonderful nap, yet so much more relaxing. When I awoke an hour later, laying in such a restful state, I felt all tingly and warm, but better than any nap I have ever taken. I honestly just wanted to keep lying there. I felt lighter and suprisingly less stressed as if she had taken a squeegie and wiped away the crazy. I slowly came to and sat up on the table a little dazed with a glass of water waiting for me. We talked about what I was feeling and how this sessions would actually be with me for 21 days. I was just hoping it would last me till the end of the day.
When I arrived at home to some not- so- happy campers, I was surprised that my annoyance level was not rising. For the rest of the evening I found myself keeping my composure, even when the seven year old was screaming that the 18-month old had covered herself in grape jucie. Even at 10pm when the 18 month old refused to go to sleep, I was still surprisingly at Defcon 5. I even found myself happily folding laundry and showing her how to put on her pajamas. Even now, as I am typing and they are screaming and running around the house, I still feel peaceful. Not exactly Ghandi peaceful, but for me this is an amazing feeling. I am so looking forward to my next session. I’m sure everyone around me is too!
Many thanks to Reiki Master Karisa Prestera. See you next week!