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What is Reiki Healing?


Are you stressed out? Need more clarity and peace in your daily life? Do you want improved health, well-being and happiness?

Usui Reiki Ryoho (Usui Reiki Healing Art) is a system for natural healing and self-improvement developed by Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 1900s. The Japanese kanji or pictogram  (“Rei” and “Ki”) can be defined as a miraculous and sacred energy (essence) of the universe that sustains all life.

The goal of Reiki healing is to assist the body in restoring energetic balance for the well-being and health of mind, body and spirit.  These concepts are similar to other forms of Eastern-based medicine and mind/body practices including meditation, yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, and shiatsu.

What are the benefits of Reiki treatment?

Reiki is non-invasive and gentle, which makes it an ideal tool for supporting your overall wellness.  As a complementary therapy, it relieves stress and supports the body’s self-healing ability.

Clinical observation and preliminary evidence from small studies demonstrate that Reiki treatment can be beneficial for:

Reiki is very easy to learn as a daily practice for wellness, self-care and balance. Self-treatment is especially helpful for people undergoing treatment for health issues, or who live with chronic health conditions. Caregivers are also encouraged to learn Reiki for self-care and to provide caring, healing touch for their patients or loved ones.

Reiki treatment is a supportive tool for use as a complement to conventional medicine, and is increasingly being offered in many hospitals, medical care and therapeutic settings.  Reiki treatment should not be a substitute for regular medical care from a qualified professional.

What is a Reiki treatment like?

Before your first treatment, a Reiki practitioner will spend a few minutes describing the session to you and what you might expect.  He or she will also give you an opportunity to discuss any particular issues you are experiencing and what you hope to achieve from your session.

For the actual treatment, you will rest comfortably and fully clothed on a massage table on your back with your shoes removed. You may spent part of the session face-up and then may be asked to turn over so the practitioner can work on the back part of your body.  If a medical condition requires it, Reiki can easily be performed with you sitting in a chair as well. Reiki treatment can easily accommodate people in care settings who are in hospital beds or wheelchairs.

A typical Reiki treatment lasts about an hour, but can be modified or shortened as needed. The practitioner utilizes a combination of hand positions beginning at the head. Some hand positions may be hands-on, where a light touch is applied, or hands-off where the hands are held slightly above the body.  Your Reiki practitioner should ask your preference for touch prior to beginning treatment.

During a treatment, people often report feeling relaxed, peaceful, and may experience physical sensations such as warmth or tingling. Some people enter a limnal state (between waking and sleeping) or actually fall asleep during a treatment, both of which are wonderful for promoting deep healing. Upon follow-up, people say that their mood is improved, they are less tense, and are feeling less discomfort.

Part of the healing journey requires that the person to be healed take responsibility for their part in the process.  This quote by Misa Hopkins (The Root of All Healing) illustrates this point beautifully:

The human being’s ability to heal is extraordinary. The power of love and intention a person can generate for healing is remarkable. Using the power of your mind and heart is in complete alignment with the law of nature. Bodies regenerate themselves naturally. Sometimes we need to help our bodies remember how to do that healthily and if we choose to do this consciously, we embark on a healing journey.

The healing benefits of Reiki treatment are not limited to in-person sessions.  Distance healing can be conducted by qualified practitioners, and is very useful for someone who does not have immediate access to a Reiki practitioner, is housebound or would simply prefer to relax in a safe, familiar environment.

A good source for understanding a scientific viewpoint of distance-based healing comes from an interview/article with James L. Oschman, Ph.d entitled Science and the Human Energy Field.

Clinical research

For more information on Reiki, as well as clinical reports or studies that support Reiki’s healing benefits, see:

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