Reiki

WHAT IS REIKI:

Reiki (Pronounced Ray-Key),  is a safe, hands-on method of holistic, spiritual healing. Reiki is an intelligent universal energy that flows through all of life. 

The etymology of the word Reiki comes from two Japanese words… “Rei” (Universal, Soul, Spirit, Divine) & “Ki” (Life Force, Life Energy, Consciousness).

Unlike other energy healing modalities, the Reiki practitioner becomes a bridge of Loving, Healing, Life Force Energy & receives guidance from the highest intelligence of all. The Reiki practitioner holds the space for spiritually guided life force energy to provide support with the intention of healing for the highest & best good for all.

WHERE DOES REIKI COME FROM:

Similar to Tibetan singing bowls, the origin of Reiki varies depending on who’s telling the story. Most stories conflict on the details (Except for the names of the primary developers of what we know call “Reiki”). 

Reiki, as it is practiced today, dates back to early 1920’s. However, it may have been around since 2,500 B.C., maybe earlier. Again, just like Tibetan singing bowls, Reiki thrived during Buddha’s time. This practice was used on Monks to heal their minds & spirits in their journey to enlightenment. 

Reiki is believed to have been associated with Mikao Usui, who is credited with rediscovering the root system now called Reiki. His tradition and methods were passed through several grandmasters of Reiki.

Today, Reiki takes many forms, however, The “Usui” System of Natural Healing is still the form most widely practiced. Practitioners and Master Teachers are trained through an initiation process where “Masters” pass on their knowledge and expertise to their students.

WHAT CAN BE TREATED WITH REIKI:

This type of hands on healing assists in bringing the mind and body back into balance and is used to relieve aches, pains, tension, stress, & anxiety. Reiki is also used to strengthen the immune system, rebalance the functioning of the organs, eliminate toxins from the body, calm the mind & emotions, aid in concentration, help in the grieving process and generally accelerate the body’s own healing process.

A Reiki energy healing session is a great way to give your body a break from all that is busy in life. A Reiki session gives your body a chance to heal, find balance, and to find peace (both mentally & physically). As a Reiki practitioner, I find that my clients often leave a Reiki session with a sense of lightness and calm that gives them clarity for their day ahead. It is not uncommon to get done with a session feeling like you just had the best massage of your life.

Reiki is a powerful, completely natural, non-invasive practice promoting: 

  • Stress relief by balancing the physical, mental, and emotional states
  • Increased energy and boosts the immune system
  • Helps reduce anxiety and pain
  • Promotes the elimination of blockages caused by stress, injury, emotion, and tension.

A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels (physical, mental, and emotional). A session is pleasant and relaxing and is often utilized for one’s personal wellness.

Use in Hospitals:

According to the Reiki Membership Association, Reiki is becoming “increasingly popular with the medical community, with over 800 hospitals across the U.S. offering Reiki as a standard part of hospital care.” 

A research study at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut indicates that Reiki improved patient sleep by 86%, and reduced anxiety during pregnancy by 94%.  In addition, nurses report that Reiki helps patients heal faster with less pain, reduces stress and improves mental attitude, appetite, and reduces the negative side effects of chemotherapy, radiation and other medical procedures.

HOW IS A REIKI TREATMENT PERFORMED:

Reiki is both powerful and gentle. It is a safe, non-invasive form of hands on healing.

For the actual session, the client will rest comfortably on a massage table on their back (with shoes removed). Reiki can be performed with the client sitting comfortably in a chair as well. Unlike massage therapy, the client is always fully clothed; loose, comfortable clothing is suggested.

The Reiki practitioner places his/her hands on or just above the clients body in a series of hand positions. Every session is different therefore the particular hand positions & time spent at each position will vary depending on the clients needs. The whole treatment usually lasts between 45 & 90 minutes.

HOW DOES REIKI HEAL:

Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In doing so, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way.

IS REIKI A RELIGION: 

Although Reiki is spiritual in nature, Reiki is not a religion. Reiki is not affiliated with any religion or dogma.

IS THERE ANYTHING REIKI CAN’T HEAL:

Reiki can heal anything & everything… Infinite in it’s abilities. Reiki can do no harm, as the intention is Light and Love. It is complimentary to all other modalities & will enhance any medical treatment, without contraindications.

Complementary/Alternative Medicine:

Per California State Law SB 577:  Reiki & Sound Healing Practitioners are not licensed physicians. Reiki and Sound Healing are complements to ‘healing arts services licensed by the State’, i.e., it is a complement to more traditional western medicine provided by doctors, nurses and hospitals. As a complementary or alternative medicine, Reiki & Sound Healing does not require licensing by the state of California.