What is Reiki?
What is Reiki? It’s a commonly asked question with an answer that is both simple and complex. In short, Reiki is a technique to promote relaxation and reduce stress. It originated or, more correctly, was rediscovered in Japan, but now has become popular in Western countries and throughout the world. Learning all about Reiki will give you insight into this form of healing, which involves life force energy and is connected to a Higher Power and the transcendental energy that flows through all people.
What Reiki Practitioners Do
Reiki practitioners draw on this higher energy, which flows into them and out through their hands, into the person they are working with to assist in healing. Reiki is spiritual in nature and also scientific in nature. Medicine and science recognize that the human body is made of energy and that blockages in this energy create discomfort or disease. Helping to free blocked energy, reducing stress, and providing relaxation are a few of Reiki’s characteristics. This helps to create an environment in the body that fosters healing and wellbeing.
All About Reiki Treatments
A Reiki treatment generally lasts between 45 and 90 minutes, depending on the specific needs of the client. Some practitioners place their hands on their clients, while others keep their hands near but not touching the body. Clients remain fully clothed, and may lie down, sit, or even stand. Each person experiences Reiki differently, but many clients feel a deep sense of relaxation, along with a loss of tension, fear, and anxiety. Some people fall asleep during the treatment, while others report floating outside their bodies or having visions or related experiences.
After the Reiki Session
People also generally feel very refreshed when their Reiki session is over, and they have an outlook that is more balanced and positive than before they came to see the Reiki practitioner. Reiki can have an effect on all types of negative conditions and illnesses, from small problems like headaches to larger concerns such as cancer, reducing anxiety and assisting with the side effects of treatments.
While Reiki cannot guarantee miracles or any specific level of healing, it is always beneficial and may reduce depression, pain, and stress. Some people have experienced complete healing from Reiki, anecdotal stories abound, while others have seen lesser but still significant improvement in their condition. Anyone can be treated with Reiki, and enjoy the benefits from it.
**This article appeared in The Reiki Times, the official magazine of the International Association of Reiki Professionals.