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Breaking the Cycle


Stress is the number one reason that clients come to see me. It is also the reason I got into Reiki myself. I spent 6 months of my life vomiting blood every single day, doctors completed every test under the sun and after every result had come back clear, it was finally suggested that I was ‘simply stressed’. I was devastated, oddly enough. I was half hoping that I had some ghastly physical disease, because if I did, then there would be a treatment and subsequently a cure. No such luck. I was ‘simply stressed’. A non-sensical phrase of course, because as it is now well known, stress can result in a multitude of crippling physical side effects and diseases.


I felt completely and utterly stuck. I wanted some pill to make it all better but absolutely nothing seemed to help. I felt too sick and exhausted to go to counselling and didn’t know how to get out of this rut I had created myself. So often with these things, we ignore the warning signs until it gets completely out of hand and then becomes seemingly irreversible. I was stressed so I got sick. Then I was sick which just made me even more stressed, which made me sicker, then more stressed, then even sicker. The one just continued to perpetuate the other. It was a nightmare and I couldn’t see a way of getting out of it. I needed something to break that cycle.


Reiki had been suggested to me, but I didn’t fully understand it and I felt too weak to go out and do anything. Little did I know that I would literally just have to lie there. Eventually, I went and had my first ever session with Samantha Goddard, Principal of the Devon School of Reiki (who would later become my teacher!). It took me a couple of sessions, but the breakthrough was major. Reiki cares for you physically, emotionally and spiritually. It works on another level. I didn’t have to talk about it, I didn’t have to put myself through the exertion of a yoga class or an 8-hour mediation class. I didn’t have to do a thing just get myself there, lie down, and shut my eyes. In my hour of desperation, it provided me with exactly what I needed. Relief from the physical symptoms, relief from the stress and anxiety, and an end to that painful cycle that was dragging me down. It provided me with a great deal of clarity and, as cheesy as it sounds, I learned so much about myself.


I’ve had a number of clients come to me for similar reasons. The physical symptoms vary greatly but the downward spiral of stress and sickness is something I treat people for regularly. It is always necessary to prioritise your own wellbeing and check-in with yourself. Don’t put it off any longer, give yourself what you need whatever that may be.





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Helena Rowan Varley