What is Reiki
Reiki is a holistic therapy and a form of energy healing. It originated in Japan in the late 1800s and it involves the transfer of energy from the practitioner to the patient.
The word “Reiki” comes from the Japanese words “rei” (universal) and “ki” (life energy).
This life energy is the same as known as “qi” (pronounced “chi”) in Traditional Chinese Medicine and as “prana” in India. This is also the same energy involved in Tai Chi exercise.
Energy healing has been used for centuries and it works with the energy fields around the body. It is commonly referred to as palm healing or hands-on healing as the energy is transferred to the patient through the practitioner’s hands.
When this energy flows uninterrupted there is balance and harmony within and around us, and we experience a sense of well-being. But energy can stagnate in the body and cause blocks where there has been physical injury or emotional pain, these energy blocks can cause stress and even physical or mental illness. Reiki aims to help the flow of energy and remove blocks in a similar way to acupuncture or acupressure.
Reiki is not associated with any religion.
Reiki health benefits
Reiki aids healing in the whole person, including body, emotions, mind and spirit by creating many beneficial effects that include deep relaxation, emotional relieve and feelings of peace, security and overall well-being.
Some of the conditions that Reiki has been used to help treat and alleviate symptoms are:
- Chronic stress
- Chronic pain
- Fatigue syndromes
- Heart disease
- Neurodegenerative disorders
- Crohn’s disease
As a Reiki practitioner, I do not offer diagnosis or promise to treat any conditions. It is important to reiterate that Reiki is an alternative healing therapy that enhances your body’s own ability to self heal and should be used as a complement to other medical treatments in order to facilitate the healing process and not as a replacement.
How does a Reiki session look like?
A Reiki session generally lasts about one hour, but depending on your induvial case and condition it could take up to 90 minutes.
Reiki is usually performed on a client who is fully reclined comfortably on a massage table or on a chair. Unlike a massage therapy session, you will be fully clothed. It is recommended that you wear loose-fitting comfortable clothing.
Whether or not the practitioner touches you it is up to you. Reiki can be done with light gentle pressure and static touch or with the practitioner’s hands a few centimetres above your body.