Reiki means “universal life energy.” We trace back the earliest known Reiki to Japan in the late 1800s and it involves the transfer of energy from a practitioner’s palms to their client.
I find Reiki provides my clients emotional well-being, stress reduction, and mental clarity. It also helps bring about inner peace, harmony and is a valuable tool in the quest for spiritual growth. A lot of my clients have a regular weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly session pre-booked as part of their own personal health maintenance plan.
Now, where does music come in as part of an additional modality while performing Reiki?
Reiki & Music
When I began my energy practice, it was only natural for me to add background music tracks customized for each client during session. You see, music is scientifically proven to help us relax and I believe music can aid in the healing process weather it’s healing for depression, stress, a lost loved one, to open the clients vision to help find spirit guides or even gain perspective on life purpose and direction. It’s AMAZING what the mind can do when the right music is coupled with the Reiki treatment.
It is a proven scientifically that music aides in relaxation. Check out this piece on YouTube named Weightless. This piece has been scientifically proven to slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and decrease levels of cortisol – a steroid hormone released in response to stress. The track has been labelled “the most relaxing song in the world”. I think you’ll find it interesting.
I believe that music can actually heal our mind, body and soul. Weather or not you believe this, there’s no denying that music has a powerful ability to shape our environment.
When listening to music, there is an exquisite orchestration of brain regions, involving both the oldest and newest parts of the human bran, and regions as far apart as the cerebellum in the back of the head and the frontal lobes just behind your eyes.”Daniel J Levitin, Neuroscientist
A recent meta-analysis of 400 studies in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences concluded that music can dramatically lower the level of the stress hormone cortisol and reduce anxiety by up to 65 percent! Amazingly, relaxing music can even slow our heartbeat.
How I use music in my Reiki Therapy
My clients almost always have a healing or clarity in direction from their session and say the music & instruments were perfect. Every session is different customized for each client and I spend a lot of time meditating prior to each session asking the universe to assist me in the design for the individual’s needs.
Sometimes it just comes to me. I know exactly what is needed. Other times it doesn’t come right away. But, there’s always something that is shown to me that connects the client to what is needed.
I use many different musical tools in sessions not just soft background music. It all depends on what I’m shown is needed. Sometimes I play my Cherokee Buffalo Drum, or bring my Tingsha Tibetan Bells. I may use my healing Crystal Pyramid or even my Himalayan Singing Bowl I found while traveling in Bhutan. Most sessions I use a mix modality of musical sounds which always includes a background piece of music playing softly throughout the session.
My personal connection with Music
Since a young child music has been an important part of my life. I sang in our church choir and played the piano at many different events. When I became a teenager, I traveled the east coast with my aunt playing gospel music at different venues most weekends.
When it was time for college, the only thing I was interested in was becoming a concert pianist (or maybe some kind of artist as I was always good with my hands and creating). My music teacher guided me towards one of the top 10 colleges in the country to try out for their Piano Performance program led by Veda Zuponcic. I spent my first two years of college with a Yamaha baby grand piano and weekly concerts on Fridays and Veda as my mentor/teacher.
So you see, music runs deep in my soul and veins and I bring the love of the sounds to my healing practice and share with each client what’s needed for them. If you’re interested in one of my custom Reiki sessions, CLICK HERE. If you would like more information, don’t hesitate to contact me at: (714) 794-8345.
Connie’s professional background in the health and wellness field coupled with her experience as a Usui Master Reiki Therapist and Oncology Master Reiki Therapist as well as a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals is uniquely fitting to help guide you in your healing or transformation journey using safe, natural, holistic measures coupled with healing foods for the body. Connie has received many honors and awards for her work at Cedars Sinai, St Joseph Health Systems, and CMS (Center of Medicare/Medicaid Services). She tried out for Team USA Olympic Canoe and Kayak team at the age of 55 and now holds 5 world medals in her sport. You can read more about Connie’s story featured on Amazon’s books bestseller listing called “Take On Aging as a Sport, the athletic approach to aging”. by Sharkie Zartman