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“Your body’s ability to heal is greater than anyone has permitted you to believe.” - unknown
As healthcare costs rise, many of us are searching for natural ways to maintain health and ward off disease. Without question, we need more information about how some of the practices beyond our daily routines—proper nutrition, exercise, sleep—can contribute to health and wellness, like yoga, meditation, crystals, essential oils, and Reiki.
But can Reiki really influence your wellbeing? Whether you’ve never heard of this word or it’s already part of your practice, here is a little knowledge on how this technique can elevate your path to wellness.
According to the International Center for Reiki Training, “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.”
During a Reiki session, you lie on a couch, bed, or massage table, fully clothed. The Reiki practitioner may diffuse oils, play relaxing music, and share affirmations along with the treatment, but every session is different. Although there are over a thousand styles of Reiki, they are all founded on the same principle. The practitioner channels the life force energy already in and around us. He, or she, helps us tap into that energy and use it to relax, reduce stress, and heal.
In the original Usui Reiki Method, there are 12 hand positions, which all correspond to the seven chakras (energy centers) of the body. The hands can be placed on the body or hover above it, depending on the Reiki style and your comfort or needs. With each hand position—lasting up to five minutes—the entire process takes about an hour.
People often report a warmth or tingling with each hand position, which means it’s working! Reiki is practiced on men, women, children, and even animals. It can also be done remotely, over a voice or video connection. Remember, the energy is always there—waiting for us to use it for our own wellness.
While Reiki keeps you relaxed and decreases stress, it can also create positive change in the following physical and psychological areas:
- Learning, memory, and mental clarity
- Immune system
- Mood swings, fear, anger, grief
- Migraine, arthritis, sciatica
- Asthma, fatigue, menopause
- Recovery from illness, surgery, and chemotherapy
So, why have practices like yoga, meditation, and Reiki become so popular? Curiosity. We’re looking for healthier alternatives. We are discovering the miraculous abilities of our bodies and positive energies we possess and saying, ‘I respect my body, and it deserves something better.’
What if you could heal yourself? How powerful that would be. Go ahead, give Reiki a try.
That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.
Let’s break this down:
1. Scheduling convenience
A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine.
2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19
And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.
With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room.
We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.
With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours.
4. Working out without a commute
My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work.
Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind.