Reiki for Menopause: How Reiki and Chakra Balancing can Help
Dawn Woodes, Reflexologist and Reiki Master Teacher explores how we can use Chakra Balancing and Reiki for Menopause Symptoms
Cycles and phases are repeated in nature and are a part of what makes and defines womanhood. More than any other earthly creature, our bodies run according to them – from the monthly menstrual cycle to the ‘maiden-mother-crone’ life cycle, known as the Three Goddesses or Triple Goddess.
As with all cycles occurring within nature, the stages of a woman’s life represent an arc of growth, maturation and instinctive winding down as we prepare to pass on our wisdom and return to the earth.
Our bodies and psyche change as we go through considerable hormonal changes, which are characterised by certain features.
As the reproductive aspect of our physical body winds down, the spiritual aspects of our subtle body ramp up. Shifting the focus from the physical to the spiritual, with increasing wisdom and insight, is something to embrace and celebrate.
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Menopause represents our birth into the ‘wise woman’ or crone phase of our life
Changes to our subtle body (our chakras and energetics systems) mirror many of the changes in our physical body. Energetic shifts can manifest in any number of ways.
Menopause represents our birth into the ‘wise woman’ or crone phase of our life, and with this comes the energetic, psychological, and spiritual shifts that usher us into our wise woman years. Our ability to sense and connect with energies and spirit is magnified.
There is already an imbalance happening during the menopause with both oestrogen and progesterone levels declining but it is the imbalance ratio which can be attributed to its many symptoms.
During peri-menopause and menopause, many women experience sporadic rising kundalini energy bursts as actual sensations of warmth (that’ll be the hot flashes) or tingling in a part of their body associated with a chakra. Just as our hormones swing during this time, so does our energetic system.
When it comes to hormonal balance, aligning all the chakras helps to ensure optimal function of the entire endocrine system and when it comes to menopause, emphasis should be on the second and sixth chakras.
Reiki for menopause – emphasis should be on the second and sixth chakras.
Reiki for menopause: Focus on the Sacral and Third Eye Chakra
As the healing energy flows to these centres, it brings with it a sense of calm, relaxation and well-being. It balances emotions and lowers stress levels.
The crucial female power base is the second chakra, the sacral chakra, and the source of strength for women. A strong connection to the mental body, bringing the sacral chakra back into balance to restore hormonal balance will help with both physical and emotional symptoms.
The sixth chakra, the third eye chakra is connected to the hypothalamus (the part of your brain that secretes hormones into the pituitary gland), the pituitary gland (which tells the adrenal glands what to do), growth hormones and metabolism. This chakra is related to our autonomic nervous system and our intuitive inner vision. It assists with sleep and brings about more positive thinking.
Reiki for Menopause
The importance of the endocrine system
When it comes to the symptoms of menopause, relief can be as urgent as it is complicated as it affects all physical, mental, emotional and social aspects of life. Because every person going through menopause will have differing levels of symptoms and severity, the same goes for what will help address the issues.
Sensible areas to focus on in supporting women with hormonal imbalances are the endocrine system; to find hormonal balance, the parasympathetic nervous system; to provide relaxation and stress relief, and the emotional points, through touch and by holding space.
Creating a relaxing environment and bathing the senses and nervous system in healing, soothing energy offers a much welcomed remedy.
The relaxation response can be viewed as having a multifaceted impact. When our bodies are inundated with stress, muscles tense and circulation is impaired. Toxins accumulate in the tissues and over time, all bodily systems function with less and less efficiency. Chronic stress also upsets the hormonal balance in a woman’s body as excess stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol run amok.
Therapeutic touch is proven to reduce stress, reduce pain and produce relaxation. Touch helps the body’s ability to heal and encourages a mind-body connection. It emphasises the direct association between psychological and physical health and well-being. Touch is also clinically proven to significantly improve tiredness, anxiety, depression and immune system functioning.
The many stages women experience are indeed a metamorphosis, a distinct passage through profound maturation, representing the powerful resilience and wisdom of our nature.
Nature functions with effortless ease and grace. We too can follow its intuitive rhythms, aligning ourselves with its cycles and stages as a powerful way to embrace the natural ebb and flow of our lives and to find deeper serenity within.
Dawn’s tips for supporting clients with menopause
1. Chakra balancing helps to ensure optimal function of the entire endocrine system – emphasis should be on the second and sixth chakras.
2. Regulated breathing patterns can move the body and mind towards a calm and relaxed state or feeling. Use guided, deep, box or rhythmic breathing techniques with the client.
3. Earthing connects one to nature’s energy, nurturing and balancing the body at the deepest levels. Earth or ground the client well. Advise they walk barefoot on grass, soil, sand or stone.
4. Create a relaxing environment to bathe the senses and nervous system in healing – use light, candles, and aromatherapy.
5. Sound and vibrational therapy works with the chakra system. Deeply penetrating the mind, body and spirit through the psyche, it induces relaxation and supports self healing.
Top tip: When a hot flash strikes… put your wrists under cold running water. Feet and ankles too if it’s a bad one! (this cools the blood vessels nearest the surface of the skin, reducing temperature).
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Dawn Woodes MAR, is a Reflexologist and Reiki Master Teacher, on a mission to support clients health, wellbeing and energetic connections to live in wholeness and wellness. Her practice has evolved over the last ten years to incorporate Facial Reflexology, Zone Face Lift, Spiritual Facial, Facial Cupping and Indian Head Massage, amongst others, to offer both therapeutic and aesthetic benefits to strengthen the mind-body-spirit connection.
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