I spent a few days last week at the Cove Eleuthera Bahamas (more recap on that this week) and I had an interesting experience that left a big physical change on me that I thought was worth discussing. Despite the property and area being deeply rooted in Bahamian culture and beauty there also was an interesting Bhutanese connection to the property. The resident masseuse is a lovely Bhutanese man who is a level two Reiki master. His signature treatment, a mix of thai massage, reflexology, deep tissue and reiki, is something he has worked on creating over 10 years of experience in the East. I'm fascinated in eastern approaches to healing that involve energy reading and treating the body less scientifically and more spiritually. I had to try it while I was there. After all, I was feeling a bit off when I arrived to the island. Maybe it was all of the travel or the drowning heat in New Orleans that was leaving me feeling sluggish but I figured 75 minutes on a table at the whim of this master could set me straight. I couldn't have been more right.
He hit specific points of the body so deeply with just the intense pressure of a thumb moving along finding every pressure point so perfectly. He stretched my muscles in places that I constantly feel pain and resistance in yoga and just couldn't get to with my own daily stretching. He waved his hands, without touch, up and down throughout from top to toe. I felt amazing when I left. Not long after the treatment, I traveled up to Seattle to join my boyfriend at a friend's wedding. My head felt fine but my throat and chest began to ache. I woke up the next morning with intense soreness when I swallowed and a persistent cough. Nothing else hurt. No fever, no chills. I'm a big believer in energy playing a huge role in mental and physical health and happiness so I decided to dig a little deeper into Reiki to see if I could make sense of what I experienced. It turns out that the pain I was feeling was part of the purification process, the physical feeling of something toxic leaving my body. Since Reiki focuses on balancing the 7 chakras, chakra 5 specifically focusing on the throat and communication, I took it as a sign that there was something inside me completely off balance that related to having to get something off my chest. *Which was actually true, I've had something with someone that I wasn't voicing and it was bottling up inside me.
Regardless of truth in energy shift or not, after all a doctor at the wedding told me it was simply that he stirred my lymphatic drainage and my sickness is a response to clearing that out, it made me stop to do a complete check of my spiritual health and take a deeper look into what negative thoughts could be doing to toxic things hiding in my body. There's so much discussion about disease and the power of positive/negative thought so perhaps there really is something to it.
Have you ever had a reiki treatment or massage? I would love to hear any other interesting experiences! I don't claim to be an expert in this area at all but I thought the story was worth talking about in the Treatments section here. I would do it again in a heartbeat if given the opportunity and it's now opened up my mind to learn more about different healing options and alternatives and add more study of chakra energy to my practice and life overall.
Photos: Marianna Massey