Ja Morant has been suspended by the NBA for eight games following its investigation on his Instagram live video gun controversy. Morant is eligible to return on March 20 against the Dallas Mavericks and it seems like he's in a good place after undergoing counseling in Florida.

In an interview with ESPN's Jalen Rose, Morant revealed that he underwent several types of therapy, including the Reiki treatment. The Memphis Grizzlies superstar also noted that he feels great mentally for the first time in years.

"I feel mentally good that I haven't been in many years," Morant said. "I'm in a space where I'm very comfortable. I was constantly talking to therapists. I've been doing Reiki treatment. I've been doing anxiety breathing, different stuff to help me manage that and release all that stuff from my body."


But what is the Reiki treatment that Ja Morant used to help himself deal with stress better? It is a form of complementary therapy relating to energy healing, as per Medical News Today.

Reiki treatment is a type of energy medicine comparable to acupuncture and acupressure. Despite clinical research not proving its effectiveness, there has been an increase in practitioners around the world.

Some of the reported benefits of Reiki treatment include body relaxation, pain relief, faster healing and reduction of symptoms of different kinds of illnesses. Reiki means "mysterious atmosphere, miraculous sign," which is of Japanese origin. The word "rei" means universal and "ki" means life energy in Japanese.


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Ja Morant says he doesn't own gun in IG video

Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies

The NBA suspended Ja Morant for eight games due to actions detrimental to the league. Their investigation concluded that Morant did not own the gun in the controversial Instagram live video and did not carry a firearm while on the team plane.

The league also used the conclusion of the investigation made by the Glendale Police Department in Colorado as the basis for Morant's suspension. The Memphis Grizzlies superstar also reiterated to ESPN's Jalen Rose that he's not the owner of the gun shown on IG live.

"The gun wasn't mine," Morant said. "It's not who I am. I don't condone any type of violence, but I take full responsibility for my actions. I made a bad mistake and I can see the image that I painted over myself with my recent mistakes, but in the future, I'm going to show everybody who Ja really is, what I'm about and change this narrative."


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