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To Combine or Not to Combine – Should I do Reiki and Massage on the Same Day?

Are you one of those people who’s always been curious about Reiki or massage but never made the leap? Or maybe you’re a regular client of one but don’t know much about the other? Either way, you’re probably wondering if it’s a good idea to get both done on the same day. After all, they both involve touch therapy, but they have different techniques and targets. So should you go for it, or not? In this article, we’ll explore the pros and cons of combining Reiki and massage so you can make an informed decision.

First, let’s define what Reiki and massage are and how they differ. Reiki is a Japanese technique that uses energy transfer through the palms to promote healing and relaxation. Massage, on the other hand, is the manipulation of muscles, soft tissues, and joints to relieve tightness, pain, and stress. While both modalities aim to improve well-being, they have distinct approaches. Massage is very physical, while Reiki is more subtle. Reiki is performed fully clothed while massage requires some level of undressing. So, can they coexist?

One advantage of combining Reiki and massage is that they can complement each other’s effects. Massage can ease physical tension in the muscles, improving your mobility range, and Reiki can help relieve stress and anxiety, promoting mental relaxation. The combination can provide a deeper sense of peace and release than using only one of the techniques. You’ll experience the tangible benefits of massage and the holistic ones of Reiki, each enhancing the other.

However, some people may prefer to have them done separately, perhaps due to personal preferences regarding touch. Some may prefer the intense pressure of deep tissue massage but find Reiki’s lack of physical touch underwhelming. Alternatively, some may enjoy Reiki’s calming and gentle energy but may find the physical manipulation of massage too intense. It’s all about finding the right balance for you.

Another thing to consider is the order of the treatments. Reiki is not a massage or a physical manipulation, so it won’t impact the effectiveness of the massage or overexcite your muscles, so getting a massage after Reiki can extend the benefits of both Reiki and the massage. Alternatively, you may opt to have the massage first, then the Reiki session, so that your muscles are more relaxed and receptive.

So, should you combine Reiki and massage? There’s no definitive answer. The decision ultimately boils down to personal preference. Whether you choose to have them done together or separately, Reiki and massage are both potent methods of addressing your physical, mental, and emotional needs. At the end of the day, it’s all about having an experience that’s comfortable, relaxing, and customized to your unique situation. Whatever option you choose, remember that you’re taking a step toward a happier, healthier you.