At the beginning of this year I had the opportunity to work on my first client that had brain trauma from a fall. It was an amazing experience that I will talk about in a bit. Working with this client opened up many other opportunities to work with others who have brain trauma. I really never thought about the many ways that brain trauma can occur or how Reiki could be used to help all of these different types of brain trauma.
What I learned from working with clients with brain trauma is a lot of the time they look normal as if nothing has happened to them. But when they begin to give you the list of issues, you are amazed at how they can function. Brain trauma can be caused by falls, accidents, substance abuse, strokes, surgery, blows to the head, sports injuries, infections, drowning, and being near explosions (military personal).
My first brain trauma client Nancy had fallen twice and hit her head on the bathroom floor. The doctors told her that it would take up to 200 days laying in a dark room before she might even begin to feel a little better and be somewhat functional. And then it might take 6 months to 2 years or more to be completely healed. Her trauma had caused insomnia, focusing issues, balance issues, severe pain in her eyes and neck, fatigue, sensitivity to light, and severe headaches. Nancy could not drive, clean, think or function. She called me after 7 weeks laying in the dark. I did 10 sessions in one month. After the first session, she slept. After the third session, her pain levels dropped and her eyes were focusing. She went out to lunch with her daughter. After 10 sessions, she resumed the life that she had before the fall. She felt 90 percent better.
My next two clients with brain trauma had been in car accidents. Adele contacted me because her healing had stalled after two years’ time and she was not able to go back to work. She had worked on the computer and the light from the screen hurt her eyes and gave her terrible headaches and nausea. Adele had been very active, but outdoor activity would also spark headaches and make her feel nauseous. Adele was a Reiki practitioner as well but wanted someone else to help her with Reiki. After a few Reiki sessions, Adele began working again part time, half days on her computer. She said there were no headaches. After a few more sessions she began riding her bike and running again. Sometimes if she overdoes it the she feels it later. She has more healing that is needed, yet she really believes that Reiki is helping her to return to a new life.
The other car accident client that I recently began working with had many stitches over the top of his head. His trauma caused internal bleeding, pain, confusion, agitation and depression. When the medical staff told him he had brain trauma he is in denial about it. His mother asked him if he would be open to receiving Reiki. He had a number of other injuries as well so he agreed to receive the Reiki. Within six weeks of being in rehab the doctors noted, after doing brain scans and testing, that his brain was healing quite well. We are continuing sessions.
Another client that I am working with has brain trauma from seven years of drug abuse. She has been drug free for 3 years. We are working with Reiki to heal her brain, mind, and body. She has neuritis in her eyes, her nerves are firing in different places in her body, and she had depression and fatigue. When I do sessions on her, I work on her whole body. The drug abuse messed up more than just her brain. After the first session she called to tell me that she felt so good for the first time since before she started drugs. She asked if this feeling would be permanent. Since the first session that feeling comes and goes as we continue to use Reiki to bring her body and mind back into balance.
A long time ago, a fellow Reiki Master had a brain aneurism burst in her brain. Her daughter, a Reiki Master as well, called me and asked if I would get the word out to the rest of the Reiki community to send Reiki right away. This was before social media. I sent out an email to 700 Reiki Masters. Her daughter reported back that her mother survived the ruptured aneurism. Statistics show that 40% of ruptured aneurisms are fatal. Of those that survive 66% suffer permanent neurological deficit. Her mother pulled through and healed quickly. She was receiving a lot of distance Reiki on a daily basis. When she could talk to us about her experience, she said that at times she could feel waves of Reiki flowing to her and through her each day. The doctors were surprised with her recovery and noted that it was a miracle that she was still with us because of the size and location of the rupture.
When working with someone with trauma to the brain, you may be dealing with stitches, inflammation, balance issues, headaches, nausea, memory issues, body weakness, sensitivity to light, loss of coordination, confusion, loss of concentration, along with depression just to name a few. A lot of times the doctors can give medication to help with the inflammation, can stitch up the areas that have been opened, but a lot of the time they rely on time and the body to heal itself. This can be a very slow process with no guarantees.
I have found that Reiki helps to remove the energy blocks, restore diminished energy, reduce pain, and give the traumatized areas a boost to accelerate the healing process. I have also found that the initial first and second sessions help the client move out of the state of despair, hopelessness and depression into feeling hopeful and feeling brighter about their future. A positive attitude will always help to accelerate the healing process. I also believe that the sooner you can work on someone that has brain trauma after it has occurred, the impact of Reiki can make a big difference in their healing process.
Reiki Master, Dawn Fleming, http://www.energytransformations.org