Our bodies have the ability to regulate all of their internal processes very carefully to keep everything in balance. All of the things that go on inside of us, that we are not normally aware of, such as blood flow and digestion are controlled by a part of the nervous system called the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS).
The ANS is split into two parts:
- 1. the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) which is the body’s accelerator, and
- 2. the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) which is the body’s brake.
The SNS (accelerator) speeds things up by releasing adrenaline into the blood and is responsible for the fight or flight response. This is also known as the ‘Stress Response’. The Stress Response gets triggered multiple times a day by alarm clocks, work stress and traffic jams, but also by adrenaline stimulating foods such as caffeine and alcohol.
Its not hard to see that if you don’t do something to combat daily stresses you can easily go through life with the accelerator pedal pressed down to some degree or other most of the time.
Living with the Stress Response constantly activated uses up energy (tension in your muscles, mind racing, elevated blood pressure), energy that you could be using in more exciting ways.
Having a tight, tense body and mind is not going to help the flow of energy around your body and stuck or stagnant energy can lead to feeling exhausted, emotionally drained and generally unwell.
One of the many wonderful things about Reiki is that it has the ability to apply the brakes, literally. When you receive Reiki the brakes are applied in the form of activation of the PSNS, which works in opposition to the accelerator (SNS).
This triggers something called the ‘Relaxation Response’, and is where all the good stuff happens:
- Restful sleep
- Feelings of calm
- Inspiring ideas
- Positive emotions
Triggering the Relaxation Response allows your body to start to come back into balance and to start healing on all levels. Reiki is very effective at doing just that.