What is Reiki?
Reiki is a form of energy healing that targets the energy fields around the body. It has been around for THOUSANDS of years. The current form of Reiki was first developed in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist, Mikao Usui, who reportedly taught 2,000 people the Reiki method during his lifetime. The practice spread to the U.S. through Hawaii in the 1940s, and then to Europe in the 1980s.
Energy can become stagnant in the body, especially where there has been physical injury or even possibly emotional pain. In time, these energy blocks can cause illness. Energy healing aims to help the flow of energy and remove blocks in a similar way to acupuncture or acupressure. Improving the flow of energy around the body can enable relaxation, reduce pain, speed the healing process, and reduce other symptoms of illness. Reiki aids in relaxation, assists the body’s natural healing processes, and helps to develop emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. It also induces deep relaxation, helps people cope with difficulties, and relieves emotional stress to improve overall well-being.
The healing effects are mediated by channeling the universal energy known as qi, pronounced “chi.” In India, this is known as “prana.” This is the same energy involved in Tai Chi. It is the life force energy that surrounds all of us. This energy permeates the whole body. While this energy is not measurable by modern scientific techniques, it can be felt by those who are attuned to it.
Conditions that Reiki has been used to help treat include:
What to Expect in a Reiki Session
Reiki is best held in a peaceful setting like a massage room, but it can really be performed anywhere. The recipient will sit in a comfortable chair or lie on a table, fully clothed. There may or may not be music, depending on the recipients preference. The practitioner will place their hands lightly on or over specific areas of the head, limbs, and torso using different hand shapes, for between 2 and 5 minutes. The hands can be placed over different areas of the body, energy centers or particular injuries, such as a burn.
While the practitioner holds their hands lightly on or over the body, the transfer of energy takes place. During this time, the practitioner’s hands may be warm and tingling. Each hand position is held until the practitioner senses that the energy has stopped flowing. When the practitioner feels that the heat, or energy flow in their hands has subsided, they will remove their hands and place them over a different area of the body.
There are so many articles, books, and videos that explain Reiki more in depth. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have about this practice or if you are interested in practicing. As a Reiki Master, I do take on students on a case by case basis. You can click here to book a free discovery call.