The Holidays. Some of us revel in the hustle and bustle. Others count the minutes until it’s all just a memory. The season is marked by overextending and overindulging. We strive to meet unrealistic expectations of perfection. Awkward family dynamics are draining. Missing loved ones, both here and beyond the veil, is magnified.
Regardless of how it figures into our lives, holiday time ignites our pushing far beyond our normal routine and sapping our vigor.
It is crucial to seek comfort within, for championing your wellbeing in caring and supportive ways. Add yourself to your holiday to-do list. In fact, put YOU at the top, and see how much easier things become for you. Carve out time for activities and treatments that keep you strong and well, soothe depression, enhance joy, and help with feeling grounded and tranquil. It is, after all, the time of giving, and we are deserving of giving to ourselves.
“To touch can be to give life,” said Michelangelo.
Therapeutic touch is emerging as the ultimate mind-body medicine. Touch therapies reduce cortisol, increase serotonin, and boost uplifting dopamine and oxytocin, the hormone responsible for emotional bonds and love. All that translates to lower stress levels, decreased stress-based eating, better sleep patterns, a more balanced mood and happier outlook.
Touch therapies activate biological building blocks of compassion and self-compassion, enabling greater empathy toward others, and especially oneself, bringing relief from depression and self-loathing.
Lymphocytes and NK (natural killer) cells, the vanguard of the immune system, increase with the soft nudging of touch therapies.
Energywork, such as Reiki, adjusts disease-causing imbalances in the human energy field, and engages the body’s innate healing ability.
Reiki is simultaneously touch and energywork, uniquely offering the benefits that both therapies offer. It balances the body’s energy centers while propagating the healing balm of touch for harmonizing body, mind, spirit, and soul.
As holiday festivities wind down and segue into frigid winter, staying healthy isn’t promising if you are already depleted. A restorative Reiki treatment is a gentle and uncomplicated way to reset your body’s dials and feel replenished heading into the New Year.