Reiki means universal life energy.
Reiki is an energetic form of alternative therapy that emerged in Japan in the late 1800s which involves the transfer of universal energy through the practitioner's palms to their client. This method was developed in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist called Mikao Usui,
Energy healing, like Reiki, has been used for centuries in various forms. It works with the energy fields around the body known as qi, (pronounced "chi."). In India, this is known as "prana." This is the same energy involved in tai chi exercise. It is the life force energy that surrounds all of us. While this energy is not measurable by modern scientific techniques, it can be felt by many who receive Reiki.
Energy can stagnate in the body where there has been physical injury or emotional pain or trauma. In time, these energy blocks can cause illness.
Reiki helps the flow of energy and removal of blocks in a similar way to acupuncture or acupressure. Improving the flow of energy around and in the body and has been shown to enable relaxation, reduce pain, speed healing, balance emotional states to name a few things.
Reiki therapy is growing in popularity.
A recent survey shows that, in the United States (U.S.), 12 million adults tried Reiki or a similar therapy at least once in the previous year. Over 60 hospitals are believed to offer Reiki services to patients.
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The practitioner places their hands lightly on or over specific areas of the head, limbs, and torso using different hand shapes, holding for between 2 and 5 minutes.
The hands can be placed over 20 or more different areas of the body. If there is a particular injury, such as a burn, the hands may be held just above the wound.
Reiki relies on no other instruments beyond the practitioner. 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.
When the practitioner feels that the heat or energy in one area has abated they will move their hands to a different area of the body. This continues until the practitioner feels overall energy slow down and feels the session is completed.
Individuals report different experiences. Some say that the practitioner's hands become hot, others report cooling hands and some people feel pulsating waves. The most common reports are of a release of stress and deep relaxation.
Sessions last between 30 and 60 minutes. The number of sessions will vary, depending on what a client wishes to accomplish and how severe and longstanding the problem is.
It is a therapy whose time has come. Many people are turning to Reiki as therapy because of its healing but also because there are no negative side effects, unlike many traditional therapies.
Many have reported they feel Reiki helped them relax deeply, assisted in their body's natural healing processes, and increased emotional, mental, and improved their overall well-being.
Most people who receive Reiki describe it as "intensely relaxing."
According to the University of Minnesota, patients who have undergone a Reiki session often say things like:
"I feel very refreshed."
"I seem to be thinking more clearly."
"I think I fell asleep."
"I can't believe how hot your hands got!"
"I'm even more relaxed than after a massage."
"My headache is gone."
Cancer patients who have Reiki often say they feel a lot better after.
Another great benefit of Reiki healing is the ability to have distance healing which allows the client to be anywhere and receive Reiki energy from a qualified practitioner.
Can Reiki be harmful?
No, The main concern appears to be that people with serious health issues may opt for Reiki instead of more traditional forms of medicine. However, using Reiki alongside those treatments is likely to assist them and certainly cannot hurt.