In today’s ever-changing world, more and more people are turning to therapeutic touch to assist the body’s natural healing process, to support their immune system, increase their vitality and zeal for life, to achieve faster recovery from illnesses and injuries, and to gain relief from stress. Also, in the search for pain relief and increased vitality, people are discovering that they are getting better and longer lasting results using more than one healing modality. We are seeing a rising trend in patients and clients integrating allopathic medicine, “therapeutic touch” modalities, and other alternative health modalities because of allopathic medicine's ability to cure a small range of issues and the recent research in the effectiveness of "therapeutic touch modalities."

In theory, Reflexology is considered a “therapeutic touch modality” because through the application of specific touch and pressure this modality removes congestion and blockages around the nerve endings that restrict the body’s ability to heal itself and return to its natural state of balance.

By integrating Reflexology with other therapeutic touch and healing modalities we as reflexologists can provide longer lasting and more therapeutic sessions to our clients. For this article, I will focus on the healing system of Reiki and how Reflexology and Reiki can be integrated to create a multi-dimensional approach to healing for better and longer lasting results.

What Is Reiki and When Was It Discovered?

Reiki (ray' key) is a gentle and non-invasive system utilizing natural energy to release tension and optimize the healing process in the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies. Although Reiki is a means of working with energy that we cannot see, it is not a religion, and requires no particular belief system. Reiki was re-discovered, according to his account, by Mikao Usui in Japan toward the end of the 19th century. Mikao Usui passed on Reiki to others through an attunement process. Once this attunement is performed on a new practitioner, it never diminishes. Over time the passing of Reiki by Reiki Masters stemming from the Mikao Usui lineage has moved Reiki into worldwide practice.

A Typical Reiki Session

During a Reiki session, the client lays fully clothed on a massage table as the Reiki practitioner lightly lays his or her hands over specific positions along the length of the body allowing Universal Life Force energy to flow from practitioner to client. The practitioner does this by using symbols that are passed on during the attunement process. These symbols help in focusing the practitioner’s intent, which allows the energy to flow to the client. During a session, most clients move into a deeply relaxed state as energy blockages and toxins are released. The energy that’s given during a session can also be sent to clients at any location via “Distance Healing.” One of the many benefits of Reiki is that the Reiki practitioner also receives a healing session while performing a session on the client.

Integrating Reflexology and Reiki

As reflexologists, we know that in theory reflexing specific points on the feet, hands, and ears produces an initial response to the corresponding areas of the body. This initial response is usually experienced as relaxation. However, what I have discovered is that by focusing Reiki on the reflex points, while performing a Reflexology session, the results are more dramatic and longer lasting than if either one or the other are used. In addition, a client’s session can still be kept within an hour even after incorporating the Reiki hand positions into the session. When Reflexology and Reiki are integrated a multi-dimensional approach to healing is created that directly affects the three primary components of body, mind, and spirit thus creating a much deeper relaxation response, a more dramatic and long-term healing response, and a much stronger sense of well-being for the client. This multi-dimensional approach to healing, which I have created, is called Integrated Reflex-Reiki®.

In Summary

In this article we’ve discovered that there’s a rising trend in integrating different forms of “therapeutic touch” modalities to produce a longer and lasting healing and relaxing effect. We’ve also briefly gone over what Reiki is, how it works, and the integration of Reflexology and Reiki creating a multi-dimensional approach to healing, which produces deeper relaxation and a more dramatic and long-term healing response for the client. By keeping an open mind to the many healing possibilities that can be created by the integration of Reflexology and other therapeutic touch modalities we can better prepare ourselves as healing practitioners to provide the quality healing sessions our clients need and expect from a professional.

Author's Bio: 

- Certified Hypnotherapist-2010
- Certified Low-Level Laser Therapist-2010
- Certified Quantum Bio-Feedback Therapist-2008
- Certified astropsychologist/astrologer-2008
- Doctorate of Naturopathy-Clayton College of Natural Health-Oct 2007
- Certified Matrix Energetics practitioner-2007
- Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner-Sept 2006
- Certified reflexologist, ARCB-2005
- Graduate of The American Academy of Reflexology-Aug. 2004
- Certified Reiki Master/Teacher-April 2002

Dr. Ibarra's been practicing alternative and holistic health and wellness since April 2002, and owns and operates Aviante Health and Wellness Center®. Dr. Ibarra began his practice with the creation of an alternative health modality called Integrated Reflex-Reiki® in 2004. Then, in 2005, Susan Nowelll-Ott and he founded Aviante Health and Wellness Center® in Thousand Oaks, California. By listening to what the client is experiencing, and researching the client’s lifestyle, they are able tailor holistic health programs that best fit the needs of the client.