How Reiki Healing and Psychotherapy Can Treat Trauma

Trauma is old energy trapped in the body, gently releasing it with bodywork and talking therapy can transform negative thought patterns and behaviour.

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Trauma is part of everyday life. Sudden illness, accidents, divorce and death arouse powerful and distressing reactions in us on an emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual level. These may ease over time but sometimes professional help is needed.

Initially, as a result of trauma, you may feel shocked, numb, frightened and unable to accept what has happened. You may also feel remote or cut off from your feelings, other people and from the event itself, as if what has happened is hazy and unreal or like a scene from a film.

Gradually, as this first stage shifts, other thoughts and emotions take their place and you can find yourself feeling helplessness, angry, guilty and sad or an overwhelming mixture of all of these at the same time.

You might find yourself having sleep problems, feeling anxious and irritable or unable to cope, you may lose your appetite and find it difficult to concentrate. Sometimes a condition known as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) develops with a range of symptoms;

  • re-experiencing the trauma through vivid and distressing memories or dreams
  • feeling numb as though you don't have the same range of feelings as normal
  • being in a constant state of alertness and anticipating danger

At this point you may want to think about getting professional help.

GPs may suggest psychotherapy first and may also prescribe tranquillisers and antidepressants.

I have found the combination of psychotherapy and Reiki, a gentle Japanese form of energy healing, produces good results in treating clients recovering from trauma.

Reiki is simple, safe and non-invasive. It uses no pressure or manipulation of the body and is carried out whilst you are lying down, fully-clothed on a massage table, covered by a warm blanket.

If you have experienced physical and sexual violation, either recently or in the past, and you feel vulnerable, frightened and invaded, Reiki provides a gentle healing environment where deep-seated emotions can be released without the need to talk through the painful experience.

Talking can have the effect of triggering the traumatic experience causing you to relive it. Going over and over the event can reinforce the wound meaning it can never form the protective layer that allows it to heal naturally as it is constantly being exposed. In that sense psychological healing is no different from physical healing.

Reiki can be conducted non-verbally allowing profound feelings of grief and loss to be worked through where words are inadequate to express the depths of personal pain. The Reiki healing room offers a safe, non-judgmental space for you and treatments bring relief as well as activating a natural process to restore your emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

Once the initial healing process has begun psychotherapy is useful to gently explore and make sense of what has happened to you at your own pace.

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Lindsay Percival Holistic Psychotherapist & Reiki Master/Teacher

As a BBC journalist I witnessed many traumas. But there came a moment after the birth of my three children when writing about peoples’ pain did not seem enough. As a therapist I am able to go further in responding to trauma and offer hope that the anxiety, depression and stress surrounding it can be treated. It can also open up a pathway to profound personal transformation. I work face-to-face and via Skype.

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