Just a few months ago the Massage Therapist that I see asked me when I would begin following the advice that I give to clients. Whomp!
The realization that despite my mind believing I'm still 30 years old, my body is saying a loud and clear "Hey, NO!" Not easy to come to grips with, but while I do practice self-care, I need to develop a deeper understanding of my limitations.
Something I hear often from clients during or at the end of their sessions is “I didn’t know that muscle was tight, or sore, until you were massaging there” or “I didn’t realize how tense and stressed I was until I was quietly lying on the massage/reiki table”. Most holistic therapies encourage relaxation, and when added to a quiet atmosphere many people begin to breathe more deeply, become more present in the moment and become more aware of where they are holding stress and tension in their body, mind and/or spirit.
There is a lot of fast paced, hustle bustle activities in our daily lives. Reiki should not be one of them.
Lately I've noticed that people are in a hurry with their Reiki sessions, especially those that are providing one. I was discussing this with a colleague yesterday and she felt that in part it was that people, Reiki practitioners included, are often ungrounded, living in their heads and not taking time to get into their bodies and quiet their busy minds before engaging with others or with energy work. I think that she is on to something.