As a practice, reiki is holistic and considers the entire individual – the body, mind and the unborn child – as one. As an alternative form of therapy, reiki has demonstrated many positive outcomes especially during pregnancy, when it is focused on the heart, abdomen and the solar plexus. Right from conception up to birth, this practice may restore the mind, body, spirit and emotions with health and happiness. When practiced right from the first trimester, reiki is known to reduce nausea, morning sickness and exhaustion.
As the fetus grows, and the center of mass shifts, women begin to experience lower back aches and pains. Reiki may bring relief to every stressed muscle and aching part of the woman’s body.
Reiki may calm the mind, may ease fears and anxieties, and may also ease the process of labor and childbirth. The calming effect of this ancient practice may bring control, may relaxe the pelvic muscles and may reduce delivery pain. In fact, women who have been recommended a cesarean section and have practiced reiki during their pregnancies, have reported lesser need for cesarean sections as their deliveries have drawn closer.
When healing life-force energies are concentrated on the abdomen, reiki has demonstrated a positive effect on the baby in the womb. Pregnant women using reiki have reported positive movements and physical responses (in the form of sustained kicks) by the babies during the energy-transferring session. While reiki may make the baby wriggle with pleasure in the womb, it can also calm the baby when the mother is stressed.
Depression during pregnancy and post-partum depression are a reality today. In such a scenario, reiki may provide emotional and psychological support
Reiki may also demonstrate similar spiritual connections between the mother and the child.
Reiki is known to relieve the emotional stress that occurs when a new mothers who used reiki during and after pregnancy are known to better adjust to the big change in their lives while looking after the new born baby.