How Reiki helps in Pregnancy

By Clare Ford, Beautiful Souls


Reiki is a Japanese healing therapy developed in the last century by Dr Mikao Usui that uses light touch on or just above the body.   It’s generally used for emotional and mental healing, de-stressing and promoting relaxation to enhance balance and an optimal state of well-being.

The Reiki practitioner will channel energy to troublesome spots by placing their hands on or over your body in specific places.   The treatment addresses physical, mental, emotional and spiritual problems as well as encouraging your body to restore its own balance and heal.  Treatments can be given in whatever position is most comfortable at the time – seated or lying on back or side.

The gentle nature of this body work is especially beneficial for expectant and new mothers because it helps prepare women for the physical, emotional and spiritual changes necessary for a “centred” pregnancy, labour and post-partum recovery  experience.

Reiki is a healing and balancing energy that is a wonderful support for both mother and baby. It is completely safe and poses no risk to either.  In fact, Reiki works particularly well in helping with all stages of pregnancy including conception and child birth.

Emotional and spiritual support – for expectant mother and baby

Expectant mothers have always been advised to enjoy pregnancy, but common health issues often mar this experience.  Unlike prescription medications, Reiki goes beyond just the physical support to provide emotional help and bring a deep sense of calm, connection and positivity to both mother and unborn child.

Reiki creates a balanced, loving and harmonious relationship between the mother and the future child; practiced in the early days of the pregnancy it can help reduce exhaustion and nausea.

During pregnancy, hormones and emotions can be all over the place. Reiki offers time to relax and feel calm and may help with anxiety and stress.  In addition to a general treatment, areas of focus during pregnancy include the heart, solar plexus, hips and back, and of course the stomach area which will treat the baby as well.

Due to its calming effect, it is also recommended as a preparation for birth. You may find, whether you believe in the energy channelling or not, the time to think and prepare for birth really helps to settle your thoughts and ready yourself for giving birth.

Reiki during pregnancy can be a gentle, yet powerful, non-invasive treatment that may help symptoms such as:

  • tiredness and exhaustion
  • low back pain and general backache
  • morning sickness and nausea
  • general muscle aches
  • emotional upheaval
  • mood changes
  • high blood pressure
  • stress
  • swelling and poor circulation
  • lack of sleep

Reiki is not an instant miracle cure.  However, with regular treatment – which ensures better circulation, harmonized energy levels, elimination of toxins and a stable and confident  emotional,  mental  and  spiritual  outlook  –  you  might  be surprised at your body’s ability to heal and maintain itself.

Even apprehension and fear experienced in the late stages of pregnancy, and the distress at the impending labour, can be alleviated through the deep relaxation, balance and confidence gained through a Reiki treatment.