Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin (“rei” means “universal life” and “ki” means “energy”). Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice, and it is not massage. Rather, it is a subtle form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy. In this context, reiki is the energy that flows through all living things.
Reiki practitioners understand and respect that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and others. In a body at peace, a person’s energy should be strong and free flowing and in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked, it can produce symptoms indicating physical or emotional imbalance.
A reiki session can help ease tension and can foster healing in the body on all levels—physical, mental, and emotional. These sessions are pleasant and relaxing, encouraging personal wellness.
The rediscovery of reiki is credited to Mikao Usui. Although reiki takes many forms today, the Usui System of Natural Healing is most widely practiced. Through an initiation process, Practitioners and Master Teachers learn about reiki through their Masters, who impart their knowledge and expertise.
DESCRIPTION OF A TYPICAL SESSION
Before the session, a discussion will usually take place between the client and the Reiki Practitioner. The typical session will be described to the client, and the two will discuss any particular problems or issues the client is experiencing.
A reiki session is usually 60 to 90 minutes long. The client can rest comfortably on a massage table on his or her back with shoes removed. Reiki can also be performed with the client sitting comfortably in a chair. Different from a massage appointment, a client is always fully clothed (loose, comfortable clothing is suggested). A session can be hands-on (a practitioner will apply a light touch during the session) or hands-off (a practitioner hold her hands slightly above your body) according to client preference.
Next, the Reiki Practitioner will progress through standard Reiki hand positions, beginning at the person’s head or feet. The client might feel a warming sensation or a tingling during the session—or nothing at all but sheer relaxation. The recipient can expect the session to be very pleasant, relaxing, and invigorating.
WHAT IS IT USED TO TREAT?
Reiki is a great approach to stress reduction. Many practice it for general wellness. Reiki is not a cure for a disease or illness, but it may assist the body in facilitating healing. This practice can complement traditional medicine and is practiced in many hospitals and medical care settings.
Many times after experiencing reiki treatment, clients will want to learn more in order to work with this energy themselves so they are able to apply it as a stress reduction and relaxation tool.
Please Note: Reiki is meant to be used as a complement to traditional care or as a personal relaxation or stress reducing technique; it is not a substitute for qualified medical or traditional care.