Reiki (pronounced “Ray key”) is a healing modality with Japanese origins. The name translated means “Universal [rei] life force energy [ki]”.
A Reiki session typically involves sitting or lying down, fully-clothed, while the therapist places her hands gently on strategic points of the body. The therapist “taps into” the universal energy field and channels it through their body and hands to you, rather than generating the energy, so they are not drained by the process.
Reiki can help support you in your healing journey when used alone or in conjunction with your regular treatment. Reiki energy invites you to relax and to release your tension, anxiety, and negative thoughts. As the stress leaves you, your body is free to let the natural healing systems begin to work, supported by the healing energy being channeled by the therapist.
Reiki can be used as part of your treatment plan for ailments ranging from the minor (such as headaches or stomach aches) to the major (like depression or heart disease).
The practice of Reiki is only about a century old, having been developed by Mikao Usui in the early 1920s, though it is part of an older tradition. Usui was a Buddhist who attained a doctorate in theology.
Reiki is not part of any religion, nor is it a religion unto itself. Practitioners are not asked to change any religious or spiritual beliefs they may have, nor are the recipients of a treatment.
Benefits of Reiki
- Helps in opening, clearing, and re-balancing one’s energy
- Helps calm the mind
- Enhances and speeds natural healing
- Promotes self and body awareness
- Decreases stress and promotes relaxation
- Alleviates anxiety and depression
- Helps clear headaches
- Helps relieve/manage general aches, pain, and discomfort
- Improve sleep
- Improve digestion
- Promote general well being, improve immune system