Body and mind: try out Reiki in Dublin
Therapist Rebecca Naughton emphasises the need for people to switch off from their busy lives when they see her for Reiki in Dublin Wellness Centre
How did you discover Reiki?
I stumbled upon Reiki in 2015 – at the time I had been having some mild health problems and started exploring a more holistic approach to figure out what was causing it. I was also in a job I didn’t love and I was feeling confused about the direction my life was going in.
I was looking for more meaning and purpose in my life but was struggling to connect with what that was. A friend mentioned to me she was doing Reiki 1 and I was convinced to go for a session even though I had never heard of Reiki and had no clue about what it was.
The session had a powerful impact on me, so I decided to pursue Reiki Level 1 course which was the beginning of a journey of self-discovery. Since then I have completed all three levels and I am currently studying nutrition and a style of bodywork.
Through my own healing journey and giving friends and family treatments, I began to realise the profound impact Reiki could have on people, so I decided I wanted to share that with a wider audience as I believe it can be an amazing catalyst for growth.
How would you describe Reiki?
Reiki is a form of energy healing that involves gentle, hands-on, body touch – it works on the non-physical elements of our physical and energetic body. I work intuitively and in my sessions I am guided to work on specific chakras, and tend to do a lot of aura work. So my treatments involve both hands-on and off body healing.
I like to explain to people that our physical and energetic body stores a lifetime of our history and when we let go of blockages or anything that may have been holding us back, we create space within which opens up the potential for shifts on many levels.
Energy healing works by bringing the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual aspects into harmony to allow the body’s natural healing process to take place.
What is your aim for the people who attend your therapies?
My aim is to hold a supportive space, away from the daily hustle and bustle, phones, work, worries etc. This facilitates my clients to connect and listen to how they are feeling emotionally and physically.
It is a time for people to come to relax and be at peace. I believe everyone’s inner guidance is always speaking to them; sometimes we just need a bit of help to reconnect with it.
How can people take the lessons from your therapies and apply them in their own lives?
I encourage people to take the time out and listen to themselves, what they are feeling and acknowledge it. Awareness is the starting point as once you bring awareness to your body and mind, you can start to learn about the signals and clues.
Also I tell people to tap into what they like doing and what makes them feel fulfilled. Experiment and try new things if you’re not sure – whether it be dance, yoga, writing or volunteering. Be conscious to continuously nourish this aspect of your life.
How do you unwind when you’re not in the Dublin Wellness Centre?
I love being in nature, especially in places there are lots of trees! I find it so peaceful. I always fit spending time in nature into my everyday life, even if it is just a 15-minute walk in a park. It’s so naturally beautiful and uncomplicated. I also love to write, cook and do creative things – I find all those activities are very mindful for me as I am able to switch off as I do them.
I like to go to different kinds of healers, therapists, classes, workshops etc. It’s important for me to look after myself but I also love learning from others and the area of wellness is so broad there is never-ending knowledge and nuggets of wisdom to learn.
What makes the Dublin Wellness Centre a great venue for people to attend classes and workshops?
When you walk through the door, you immediately feel calm and at peace. There’s a really good dynamic of people working there; it’s a great hub for lots of different things – treatments, yoga, workshops. All the people who work there are so helpful, responsive and friendly – it’s a great place to be part of.