Monday, April 2, 2012

What is Reiki?

The practice of Reiki originated in Tibet. The name "Reiki" (rey-key) comes from the technique "re-discovered" by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 20th century. "Re" means "Universal" and it is a general term for spirit or unseen spiritual quality, which serves as channel for "Ki" or "Life Force Energy" (some call it God, Jesus, Buddha, Chi, Qi, Prana, Love Energy, the Universe or similar).  By what name we call it is of the least importance.  As so beautifully described in A Course in Miracles, "We say God IS, and then we cease to speak, for in that knowledge words are meaningless."  

Reiki as a healing treatment, is a natural, energy-based therapy that gently helps to balance the Ki, or life energy, which flows through each and everyone of our bodies.   When trying to understand how Reiki works, its important that we acknowledge the body as more than just a collection of functioning parts. Since everything generates a frequency, the body and its organs have their own energy field which is continually changing. In Reiki and in traditional Eastern Medicine it is believed that all conditions of disease are rooted in this energy system. If our "life force" is low or blocked, we are more likely to get sick. But if it is high and flowing freely, we can maintain our health and well being. 

Reiki is a subtle form of energy work in which healing occurs by the touch (or laying) of  hands.   This gentle, and sometimes ethereal touch, allows the flow of the energy from The Source to the client via the practitioner. While the treatment is very  powerful, it is also very gentle.  Like most forms of healing, the most of its power comes from the practitioners' intention.  

Potential Benefits of Reiki
When the flow of the Ki, or  "Life Energy" is disrupted, weakened or blocked, emotional or health problems can occur. Imbalances can be caused from many situations occurring in our lives, such as; emotional or physical trauma, negative thoughts and feelings  including fear, worry, doubt, anger, anxiety, negative self-talk, toxicity, nutritional depletion, destructive lifestyle, relationships, neglect of self, and lack of love for oneself or for others, from emotions that are not expressed in a healthy way... and so on. 

 Some Of The Health Benefits of Reiki:

  • Promotes relaxation and helps the body release stress 

  • It accelerates the body's self-healing 

  • Aids sleep

  • Reduces blood pressure

  • Can help with accute injuries and chronic conditions (Ex: asthma, headaches, PMS etc.)

  • Useful in the breaking of addictions or bad habbits  

  • Can relieve physical pain

  • Removes energy blockages, adjusts the energy flow of the endocrine system bringing the body into balance and harmony (Based on the principles of Eastern Medicine)

  • Helps the body to recover after surgery and chemotherapy

  • Supports the immune system

  • Helps spiritual growth and emotional balance                                                                                                                           

  • What is a Reiki session like?
    Your Reiki practitioner will start with a short questionnaire and/or consultation to determine your primary goal for your session.  You will generally lie down, fully clothed on the massage table.  One of the primary purposes of a Reiki Session is relaxation, so your practitioner will take extra care to make sure the room setting is peaceful and serene.  When we are relaxed, stress-free, we are able to restore our body's natural ability to heal itself.  Some practitioners may use a pendulum, crystal or their hands to asses the energy of your Chakras.  The practitioner will begin laying their hands on or slightly above your body in a specific set of hand positions, which they will hold for 3-5 minutes each.  Sessions can last anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes.   

    During the session, the most common feeling expressed from recipients of this treatment is a euphoric deep relaxation.  There are also common claims of feeling warmth, tingling, sensations of tension release.  

    After your session, make sure to drink plenty of water, and allow yourself quiet time to enjoy the full benefits. 

    How often should you have Reiki? 
    When working on a specific issue, Reiki session should be scheduled weekly or bi-weekly. Expect each session to be different.  Note some practitioners add to other vibrational techniques such as crystals, chimes, or aromatherapy.  Long term practice of whole-body Reiki can restore the condition of the body.

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