Restorative Yoga and Reiki
You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. - Mary Oliver
Restorative yoga is all about slowing down and opening your body through gentle, passive poses supported by props like bolsters, blankets, sandbags, and blocks.
During the long-held poses of restorative yoga, not only are your muscles and spine allowed to decompress, but the nervous system begins to relax deeply. Through diaphragmatic breathing and supported poses, the habitual stress-cycle we get into in our daily lives is interrupted, the relaxation response in the body is turned on, and the result is one of relaxation, soothing, calm, and deep rest.
Reiki is a therapy often described as gentle, hands-on healing in which a practitioner places hands lightly on or just over your body to facilitate physical, mental, and emotional healing.
Reiki combines the Japanese and Chinese words of "rei" (spiritual) and "ki" (vital energy). One of the basic ideas is that this vital energy can be channeled to support the body's natural ability to heal itself. People most often find that they feel relaxed, rested, and “lighter” after a session while others report they feel energized and “grounded.” Above all, Reiki promotes relaxation which lowers your body’s stress-response.