Reiki for PreConception, Pregnancy and Postnatal
Please do not hesitate to contact Karen for Consultation
As a Nurse/Midwife registered under the Nursing and Midwifery Council and a Holistic therapist registered with the Federation of Holistic Therapists, I have had the privilege of caring for the health and well-being of women and their families for over ten years. Midwifery care strives to empower women and provide them with the knowledge and support they need to live full and healthy lives, not just during pregnancy and the postpartum period, but throughout preconception and the many phases of their lives. It is our duty as Midwives to advocate for women and hold them in a place of great admiration and to serve as safeguards of powerful, life-changing moments in a woman and her family's life.
Pregnancy is a time of many changes. Your body, your emotions and the life of your family are changing. These changes may be welcome, but they can also add new stresses to your life. Feeling stressed is common during pregnancy and the preconception phase, particularly if you are finding it difficult to conceive. Stress can cause trouble sleeping, irritability, headaches, loss of appetite or overeating and weight gain.
High levels of stress that continue for a long time may cause health problems, like high blood pressure and heart disease. When you’re pregnant, this type of stress can increase the chances of having a premature baby (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy) or a low-birthweight baby. Babies born too soon or too small are at increased risk for health problems.
Reiki and Conception
Reiki is a therapy that can be used at preconception, pregnancy and postnatal stages. Reiki has no contraindications and is completely safe for any stage of pregnancy, even during the first trimester where other therapies would normally be approached with caution.
Preconception can be an especially stressful time. Trying to conceive is not always as easy as you’d expect and the longer things take to happen the more anxious you can become. Stress can be counter-productive to fertility and can make the whole conception journey a very difficult time. Experiences throughout our lives can impact and creates the energy dynamics that are occurring in our body. Positive behaviours, such as good eating habits, exercising, and increasing a healthy self-esteem feed a positive energy flow in the body. Conversely, constant stress, lack of exercise, substance abuse and harbouring a negative or fearful belief system can also cause blockages in the energy field that diminish flow to different areas of the body. Major illnesses or long-term emotional or mental stress can also impact upon these blockages within the body.
Restoring wellness using Reiki is a process. To work on repairing and restoring a person’s energy field, the practitioner must explore where the energy is blocked or out of balance and begin to restore those areas. Many times, the energy in and around the reproductive systems is very low, particularly if the woman has old emotional wounds stored in this area.
All parts of our body serve a role in keeping us healthy. Our energy, when at its optimum, supports total health and well-being. When this energy is reduced we may feel as if we are struggling on various levels; our body might not be able to perfectly perform in the way that the various components were meant to, and our emotional or mental states may experience depression or feel overwhelmed.
Reiki provides emotional and mental balance, helping the client to align with the process of fertility in a more positive way. When a woman is feeling empowered to start a family. It is very discouraging to be told that she should give up or that she is unable to conceive without medical intervention. This negativity permeates into her emotional and energetic fields, creating more blocks. Reiki nurtures her into a place of knowing that all will work out for the best and that all parts of her being are working toward creating the highest good for all. Energy follows thought and is empowered by our feelings.
Reiki and Pregnancy
The causes of stress during pregnancy are different for every woman, but some common concerns that women experience may be dealing with the discomforts of pregnancy, like nausea, constipation, being tired or having backache. Your hormones are changing, which can cause your mood to change. Mood swings can make it harder to handle stress. You may be worried about what to expect during your labour and birth or how to take care of your baby, or maybe be suffering some post-traumatic stress from a previous traumatic birth. If you are working you may have to manage job responsibilities and prepare your employer for time away from your job. Life is busy and it can sometimes take unexpected turns. That doesn’t stop just because you’re pregnant.
Reiki is great for taking time out during pregnancy to relax and prepare for the physical and emotional changes ahead. It is a fully adaptable treatment so you can receive Reiki in whatever way is most comfortable for you during your pregnancy, i.e. lying on your side, sitting in a chair or lying in a slightly reclined position.
Reiki provides both emotional and physical support during pregnancy and will also be great for baby too. The deep relaxation also means that some pregnancy related aches, pains and other symptoms, such as backaches, headaches & nausea, etc can be relieved or minimised.
Learning methods of deep relaxation and stress relief also assist in the natural process of labour and birth, empowering women to trust in their own body’s ability to birth, with or without intervention. Reiki is a valuable asset alongside Hypnobirthing in order to achieve optimal wellbeing for both mother and baby.
Reiki after birth
Reiki can also be a great help for postpartum and postnatal care. It is a gentle non-invasive therapy, which will help bring about a sense of calm and peaceful relaxation. There are no contraindications so it does not matter at all what type of birth you had. It can be a tremendous support, both emotionally and physically, to help new mums cope with the challenges of having a newborn, adjust to different sleeping patterns, and feel comfortable with their new body after birth, also supporting the body with healing and repair.
Reiki for babies
Reiki is an exceptionally good treatment for babies and children of any age. It is completely adaptable and so flexible that it can be given at any time. Of course, there’s nothing more comforting for babies than cuddles with mum or dad, but there may be times when babies need additional comfort, for example when they’re suffering from colic or feeling unsettled after receiving their vaccinations.
Skin to skin care is essential in establishing Breastfeeding and treatments can be given to both mother and baby whilst baby is in a skin to skin position. Babies go through a dramatic transition following birth and those held skin to skin tend to adapt sooner than those that are not, temperature, heart and breathing rates stabilise and baby is altogether calmer.
Please do not hesitate to contact Karen for consultation regarding Preconception, pregnancy and postnatal packages