Reiki For Pregnancy
Prenatal Reiki can be a beautiful gift to mother and baby. Prenatal Reiki treatments can enhance the mother-baby connection, support a healthy pregnancy, prepare for labour and help relieve some of the discomforts associated with pregnancy. Reiki automatically adjusts itself to be gently beneficial to baby, and cannot harm or hurt in any way. “Reiki babies” are generally said to be very ‘zen’ babies, being calmer and less fussy than other babies. A postnatal Reiki session with mom and baby or dad and baby can help strengthen bonding and support recovery from the birth.
Reiki is a healing art from Japan that uses light touch on or just above the body to help facilitate deep relaxation, promote balance and an optimal state of well-being. The gentle nature of this bodywork is especially beneficial for expectant and new mothers because it helps prepare women for the physical, emotional and spiritual changes necessary for a “centered” pregnancy, labor and post-natal recovery experience.
Reiki healing is especially useful for relieving the physical discomforts of pregnancy. Reiki treatment can be so deeply relaxing that people often drift off into asleep – and as any pregnant woman knows, sleep is a valuable commodity!
Reiki treatment can help expectant mothers reduce stress and remain more grounded emotionally. A Reiki treatment is, first and foremost, time for women to reorient themselves and their bodies during a time when they may no longer feel like it belongs to them. Reiki treatment, along with other supportive practices such as chiropractic, prenatal massage and prenatal yoga, can have great benefits for a mother-to-be and her developing baby.
Reiki During Labor
Reiki treatment can also provides a non-invasive comfort measure, helping to relieve pain from contractions and reduce anxiety during labor. Spouses, partners, doulas and other childbirth professionals trained in Reiki practice can be a valuable source of support for laboring women:
The birth partner has the very specific role during labor, delivery and post-birth of giving the mother and the baby Reiki, creating that Reiki space of peaceful, deep relaxation that assists the mother in flowing with her body and the baby throughout labor. – “Reiki and Sacred Childbirth”, Summer 2010 issue of Reiki News Magazine
Assisting a laboring mother with Reiki treatment can provide the space and support for her to experience a centered, empowered birth experience. It can be tremendously gratifying for the spouse or partner to be able to provide an additional source of loving and centered support, creating a deep shared connection between the couple.
Reiki treatment is also helpful for postnatal recovery. Healing is still occurring inside a mother’s body after her baby is born, even after an easy or uncomplicated birth. Reiki treatment can help new mothers maintain well-being and emotional balance during those first weeks of adjustment. This is especially important for the percentage of women who may experience postpartum depression.
For those women who had a difficult labor, or a cesarean birth, Reiki treatment can help facilitate reducing anxiety and pain levels. Women recovering from surgery or birth trauma can benefit from this additional source of compassionate, palliative support.Reiki treatment supports the physical healing process, enabling women to get back on their feet sooner.
A postpartum Reiki session with mom and baby or dad and baby can help strengthen bonding and support recovery from the birth.