My Reiki appointment was scheduled for not long after my yoga session. I did not know what to expect but was excited for the experience, and open to whatever would occur. The woman who performed the treatment was so sweet and soft-spoken, I instantly felt at ease. I was told to lay on a bed underneath blankets so that only my head was exposed. Then, for the next hour, the - I guess we will call her a healer - gently touched different areas of my body that correlated with the 7 main chakras. I started on my stomach (it was so hard to breathe!), and then a little more than halfway through she had me flip to my back. She stayed in specific areas longer, which included the throat chakra, heart chakra, and the solar plexus (just below the rib cage). When she touched my throat, I instantly felt emotional - almost choked up and on the verge of tears. Turns out, that area focuses on communication, but it's challenges are doubt and negative thinking. The heart chakra focuses on love, but also compassion and openness to receiving love. One of the challenges can be grief, which makes sense for me as well at this time in my life. The last area she focused on was the solar plexus, which includes self-esteem. I also interpret it as part of your identity and self-confidence, two things I am actively working on. She also paused on my lower left hip, in which I've actually been battling some pain - I presume from sitting so much at my job.
Overall, it was a really neat experience. Afterward I asked the healer if she had any recommendations: she advised me to drink lots of water, and also to be kind to myself. Secretly, I had hoped she would have some prolific recommendation like, "talk to this person and tell them this..." or, "eat blue foods for 3 days." It's cool though. I read online you're supposed to have ideally 3 consecutive sessions, but that's a little much for my wallet at the moment.
So, now I'm trying to remember to be more compassionate towards myself. It's ok if I feel an unpleasant feeling, but I need to ride it out and not attempt to suppress it. Not allowing myself to feel, even if it causes discomfort, would only allow yucky negativity to build. So let yourself feel! Everything is temporary, the feeling will pass.