Q: Can Reiki be given or taught to children?
A: Yes! Reiki is very beneficial for children in many ways! Here’s a little background:
After I learned Reiki, I found myself using it to soothe my kids (I have four) when I didn’t otherwise have the answer. For example, my infant daughter had gas built up in her tummy, and Reiki energy relaxed her, helping her release it and feel better. My toddler had a bad dream, and Reiki energy combined with hugs helped him release the negative emotions associated with his dream and get back to sleep. My 5 year old had a headache, and while she rested on the couch, Reiki helped release the pain. My 7 year old was angry about something and Reiki helped her calm down faster from her intense emotions. When my kids were sick with colds or fevers, giving them Reiki helped speed recovery and healing. I realized that I was using Reiki all day long, for all kinds of reasons, and it was working. Self healing with Reiki also would help me release the stress from the day when I went to sleep at night, and helped me feel calmer and more balanced to deal with all of the demands of being a working mom.
My kids describe Reiki as “a warm energy that feels good and helps you feel better when something is wrong.” I think it is a great explanation for kids to understand. I even use this explanation sometimes when an adult asks me to describe Reiki in one sentence.
Kids may need less Reiki than adults, because they are smaller. So shorter sessions are usually fine.
A parent who has been attuned to Reiki can channel Reiki to his or her children, to increase balance, relaxation, and relieve stresses that children experience on all levels. Reiki can empower you to help your child with: nightmares, insomnia, strong emotions they don’t know how to deal with, aches and pains, illness, and stress. I love teaching parents Reiki because they have instant access to tools that can make parenting easier, and enhance the loving parent-child bond.
Children can also learn Reiki, and teaching them Reiki is a gift they’ll have for life. They will always know that they have the power within themselves to help them when they have trouble falling asleep, pain, aches, intense emotions, or want to help their friends, family, and pets feel better too. My kids give each other Reiki, and it’s a beautiful way for them to share love and show they care for each other. Reiki is also useful for teens, who are naturally off balance from hormones and teen drama. Infants through adults can benefit from receiving and learning Reiki, and it lasts a lifetime.
I have developed a Reiki for Parents course that teaches parents ideas for how to incorporate Reiki energy into a daily way of life for balance, effective parenting, and increased well being overall. You can learn in person, or from home. Find out more about Reiki for Parents here.
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