What is Reiki?

Reiki is an ancient form of energy healing.  It is a natural and highly effective method of maintaining health and harmony in your life.  Loosely translated, Reiki means “universal life force energy”.  If our life force energy is low, we are more likely to become ill.  But if it is high, we more easily maintain health and a feeling of well-being.  Reiki is not massage, hypnosis, or a tool for diagnosing illness.  It is a technique that addresses both chronic and acute conditions by gently and powerfully promoting balance among the body’s systems and the normal regenerative processes of the body and mind.  Reiki helps restore the natural balance and harmony of the whole person by working holistically on all levels of one’s being – body, mind, and spirit.   As with most things in life, one must experience Reiki to appreciate it.

Benefits of Reiki

Reiki helps relieve pain, agitation, and stress.  It promotes restful sleep, healing, and relaxation. Relaxation in itself promotes a host of benefits for the mind and body including a heightened sense of well-being, release of muscle tension, and relief from anxiety and depression. In addition, relaxation has been shown to help restore immune function and improve circulation.  This enhances the body’s ability to resist disease and recover faster (including a quicker repair of injuries such as bruises, cuts, burns, sprains, and fractures).  Reiki also helps to alleviate common problems such as headaches, migraines, arthritis, flue, and asthma.  The Reiki practitioner does not heal the recipient but merely assists the life-force within the person being treated.

A Typical Reiki Treatment

Sessions normally take place in a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere – often with music, soft light, and subtle aromatherapy.  Having a Reiki treatment is really quite simple … you will lie on a massage or treatment table, fully clothed, for approximately 45 minutes to one hour.  Modesty is respected at all times.   The practitioner moves around the table placing hands on or above energy centers.  Reiki can be performed with the client sitting, standing, or in a hospital bed.  It can be given in a room full of people as well as in a place of solitude.  While the effects vary from person to person, most people experience deep relaxation.  You may feel tingling, pulsing, warmth, or many other sensations during a treatment session and may even fall asleep.  Some people feel nothing.  Many report feeling a sense of calm and well-being afterwards.  You may experience powerful sensations or emotions during or after your session as well.

Reiki and Health/Wellness Care

Reiki is NOT a substitute for medical treatment but rather complements and medical treatment as well as natural and preventative therapies.  Reiki is a vital part of your integrated health/wellness care.  There are no side-effects, it is non-invasive, and it’s safe for all ages and levels of health (premature babies to the elderly).  Reiki is used by a rapidly growing number of hospitals, health care facilities, and hospices all over the world.  Medical research has focused on verifying its effects rather than trying to explain how it works.  Many medical facilities have teams of Reiki practitioners available to patients with a wide range of medical conditions including those with cancer or recovering from surgery.  As Reiki requires no specific setting, it can be used in all hospital environments including outpatient clinics, emergency rooms, intensive care units, operating rooms, and all other patient settings.

Talking with Your Reiki Practitioner

You are a participant in your treatment and are always in control.  Your practitioner will welcome comments and questions.  Always let your practitioner know of any health concerns you may have or if you are uncomfortable in any way during your session – maybe you’re too warm or too cold, need a tissue etc.  Ask questions at any time (including in the days following a session).

Frequency of Treatment

The number and frequency will vary from person to person.  Those dealing with acute disease or stress will need treatment more often (possibly once a week) than those who are simply maintaining a sense of well-being.  If you enjoy relatively good health, a Reiki treatment every 3 to 6 months will help maintain health.  You will determine frequency in conjunction with your practitioner.


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