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What is Reiki?

Reiki is an energy healing technique that promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety through gentle touch. Reiki practitioners use their hands to deliver energy to your body, improving the flow and balance of your energy, to support healing.

Mikao Usui developed Reiki in the early 1900s, deriving the term from the Japanese word's "rei" meaning “universal,” and "ki" which refers to "the vital life force energy that flows through all living things." Reiki is used all over the world, including in hospitals and hospice. It aids in healing by helping people become energetically balanced physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

The health benefits of Reiki?

Reiki promotes relaxation, stress reduction and symptom relief to improve overall health and well-being.

It can:

  • Bring on a meditative state.

  • Foster tissue and bone healing after injury or surgery.

  • Stimulate your body’s immune system.

  • Promote natural self-healing.

  • Relieve pain and tension.

  • Support the well-being of people receiving traditional medical treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and kidney dialysis.

Studies show that reiki treatment may create feelings of:

  • Peace.

  • Relaxation.

  • Security.

  • Wellness

 

Can Reiki replace traditional treatments?

No. Reiki treatment should not be used as a substitute for the consultation of a physician or a psychotherapist. Reiki complements other types of medical and therapeutic treatments.

 

What conditions does Reiki treat?

Since Reiki works on the entire self – mind, body and emotions – and because it is universal life force energy, Reiki may be successful in all types of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing.

Reiki isn’t specific to any particular type of disease or condition but may help people with:

Reiki can also help you prepare for surgery, which may help boost your recovery afterward.

How does Reiki work?

Reiki practitioners act as a conduit between you and the source of the universal life force energy. The energy flows through the practitioner’s hands to you. 

 

What happens during a Reiki session?

Reiki treatments typically last about 60 minutes. During a session, you’ll lie on a table fully clothed, as your reiki practitioner gently places their hands, palms down, on or just above your body in specific energy locations. They use a series of different hand positions. The length of time that the practitioner leaves their hands in each position is determined by the flow of energy through their hands at each location.

Reiki differs from other touch therapies in that there is no pressure, massage or manipulation involved.

What does Reiki feel like?

You may experience the energy in the form of sensations like heat, tingling or pulsing where the Reiki practitioner has placed their hands. Sometimes, people will feel sensations moving throughout the body, while other people do not perceive any change at all. Most people feel very relaxed and peaceful during their treatment or fall asleep during the process.

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