I have been certified to practice Reiki 1 & 2 for around 4 years and it’s one of my greatest loves in life; I feel very confident in my energy reading and healing skills. I’ve recently been reading that reiki has been extremely beneficial to many people on the autism spectrum, so I’ve begun putting more time into working on Oliver. For those who are unfamiliar with this practice, reiki is “a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy,” (www.reiki.org). I only give Oliver reiki treatments when he is sleeping or when he is sitting down calmly, so that I can concentrate on certain areas with adequate focus. I begin by sitting down next to him and thinking about how much I love him and how greatly I want to help him. I rub my hands together, then slowly (about 2-3 inches away from his body) begin slowly “scanning” his body. By going slowly, you can feel tense energy in certain areas over others; this feeling, to me, has a similar feeling to that of when you attempt to put the wrong sides of magnets together. After performing the scan, I focus on the tense areas by holding my hands above said areas and just thinking of him thriving and feeling good. I do this for a few minutes then move on to the next spot. During this morning’s reiki treatment, I felt tension on Oliver’s head and, after finishing up, he turned to me with immense eye contact and put both of his hands on his head and smiled. He really felt it!
A few articles I have come across:
Reiki Mom Helps Kids: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/ART02746
Reiki and Autism: http://www.sallykobrien.com/reiki/reikiandautism.php
Reiki Practice Helps Son with Autism: http://reikiinmedicine.org/reiki-stories/reiki-healing-aspergers/
Reiki for Special Needs Children: http://www.wildiris.ca/pages/Reiki%20and%20Special%20Needs%20Kids.htm