Reiki is an ancient Japanese energy healing technique that emerged in the late 1800s. It is used to manage symptoms of disease, heal mental and physical trauma, support mental clarity, and improve general well-being. In Japanese, ‘Rei’ means “universal life”, and ‘Ki’ means “energy”, the combination of these two words produces the definition of reiki as “spiritually guided life-force energy”. Practitioners perform reiki by placing their hands either directly on the patients or just above them with the intent of channeling life force energy through their hands to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and positive energy. It is believed that if a person’s “life force energy” is low they are more prone to illness and stress; high energy equates to being happier and healthier.
Reiki is a form of complementary healing and is not associated with any religious practices or beliefs. It is considered safe, simple, natural, and can be used by everyone as a method of spiritual healing and self-improvement.
Reiki is not intended to cure any illness or disease but is recommended as a complementary treatment to traditional medicine. There is still a lot of research that has to be done surrounding the benefits of reiki therefore it is hard to prove its effectiveness through science. However, existing studies have found possible benefits of reiki that include:
– Pain, anxiety, and fatigue relief
– Improvement in symptoms related to depression
– Overall enhanced quality of life
– Treating symptoms and conditions like headaches, tension, insomnia, and nausea
When searching for a reiki practitioner, exercise caution and do your research. Many places have no or very little regulation so it’s wise to ask about experience, training, and qualifications. As mentioned previously, reiki should not be used as an alternative treatment but can be used as adjunctive therapy to help support healing and increase overall wellbeing. It is always wise to discuss any complementary forms or treatment with a medical doctor beforehand.
Those who have used reiki, describe the feeling of treatment as a wonderful glowing radiance that flows throughout and around your entire body. Sessions can last between half an hour to two hours, this varies depending on where you go. To begin, you and your practitioner will go over a brief introduction that will address the process and will allow you to talk about your expectations or intentions. You should inform your practitioner of the areas you’d like them to focus on, symptoms you have, and if you have any injuries or otherwise painful or sensitive areas.
Fully clothed and covered by a sheet, you will sit or lay on a massage table, and there is typically relaxing, soft music playing. Throughout the treatment, the practitioner will continuously rest or hover their hands around various parts of your body covering three main areas: your major organs, chakras, and energy pathways that are found all over the body. Often, patients will fall into what’s called a “reiki sleep” which is described as being a trancelike state that produces very lucid dreams.