For thousands of years, many ancient cultures including Japanese, Chinese and Indian, believed that life force energy flowed through our bodies affecting our physical and emotional states. This energy is referred to as “prana” in India and “chi” in China. The word Reiki (“ray-key”) comes from the Japanese “rei” which means “universal” and “ki” meaning “life force energy“.
Studies in modern physics reveal that energy fields exist within and around our physical bodies. Energy flows around us and through us, nourishing our cells, organs and glands. When there is an imbalance in our energy field, we may be susceptible to or experience disease, which can manifest as stress, depression, infection, cancer or other physical, emotional or mental discomforts.
Reiki is a technique using a very gentle, healing touch that provides optimum relaxation to help facilitate healing, achieve balance, and revitalize the mind, body and spirit. During a Reiki session, the practitioner holds their hands on, or just away from, the recipient’s body. Reiki practitioners use a combination of symbols, hand positions, and mental intention to connect the person to ‘universal life-force energy’ for the purpose of healing and renewal. It awakens healing ability in both the self and others.
We all have the power within us to promote health and self improvement in ourselves and in others. Connecting with the “Life Force Energy” can be a real catalyst for healing- Reiki not only helps to strengthen and restore the body’s own natural ability to heal, but is also utilized to support general health and well-being.
The experience of Reiki can be very profound. Many people report sensations of warmth or tingling and a deep sense of peace, relaxation and well-being. The energy works to balance your energy system at all levels and to relieve the subtle causes of many states of ill health or emotional discomfort. Temporary and longer-term relief from a variety of types of pain is common. Some results are immediate while others occur gradually, however it is very rare that there is no benefit. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice.
Health Benefits of Reiki
Reiki works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques, and can be used as a complementary therapy to medical treatment. Reiki is used to relieve pain, strengthen the immune system, rebalance the functioning of the organs, eliminate toxins from the body, calm the mind and emotions, aid in concentration, help in the grieving process and generally accelerate the body’s own healing process.
Reiki should in no way take the place of licensed medical care. It is a wonderful complementary therapy in any healing or wellness program. Reiki does not interfere with medication. In cases of chronic or more serious aliments, several sessions are necessary initially and then additional sessions are recommended periodically as the client feels necessary.
Typically, following a session you can expect to feel completely relaxed and at peace.
Reiki helps to:
- Reduce stress
- Relieve pain and assist with chronic pain management
- Assist with transitional situations
- Promote restfulness and improved sleep
- Relieve anxiety and depression
- Reduce the side effects of medications and treatments
- Accelerate wound healing
- Ameliorate pre-operative anxiety
- Strengthen immune function
- Improve circulation and clear toxins
- Increase a sense of well-being
- Promote natural self-healing
- Balance the energies in the body
How is Reiki Provided?
Reiki sessions are created to meet each individual person’s needs. Everyone has had different experiences in their life which directly affect their energy system. For some people, it can take time to feel the subtle and light sensations of energy movement and healing. Many people enjoy meditation and deep relaxation during their session.
During a Reiki treatment, you either sit or lie down fully clothed while the practitioner places his or her hands gently in a series of positions on the body (or if requested over a specific area of discomfort or injury) that is designed to reconnect us to universal energy. If you are not comfortable being touched, Reiki is equally effective when channeled from above the body. The technique is adaptable to any position, or setting, and may be received in any state of health.
You are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, remove glasses, shoes and unnecessary heavy jewelry. Since you remain fully clothed it is important for you to be completely comfortable. I also ask that you leave your cell phone and other electronic devices off so there are no interruptions during your session.
You will be covered with a blanket and gentle music will be playing in the background to help you leave your concerns outside. Since I am concentrating on your energy system, I generally do not speak during a session unless you initiate it. Many people doze off into a light sleep during the session. Some people feel different sensations such as heat, tingly movements, waves, heaviness or lightness.
An initial session lasts approximately 90 minutes, and subsequent sessions are 60 minutes. During Reiki, time is used at both the beginning and end of the session to let you get settled and relaxed in addition to waking and returning to your full alert state when the treatment has ended. My goal is to always clear as many blockages as the Reiki will allow and to end each session by filling and balancing all Chakras with positive, protective energy. After your Reiki session, I share the thoughts and impressions I had during the session and listen as you share your experience with me. This is a great time for you to ask additional questions.
How often should I receive Reiki?
It would be wonderful to receive Reiki on a daily basis, however, unless you get trained in Reiki that isn’t realistic. Like most practices that encourage better health (i.e. exercise, diet) it is best to incorporate Reiki as a part of your health routine.
After an initial visit, I discuss with you how often would be best to receive Reiki, based on what I felt and your goals. I have found that clients who receive Reiki 2-4 times a month have reported the most healing benefits. I encourage you to receive 4 sessions one week apart at first to open up and begin balancing your energy system, then discussing if you’d like them more spread out. It really depends on you, as you ultimately decide what is best for yourself.
Reiki healing is meant to be gentle and will not allow more change than is in each client’s best interest. It is strongly recommended you make a follow-up appointment within two weeks to optimize the benefits from your first Reiki healing.
Additionally, I am always available to you by phone or email if you have questions. I especially love to hear about any noticeable changes you may have experienced.
Can I receive Reiki during cancer treatments?
Yes, we are seeing more and more complimentary care practices in cancer centers and local hospitals. Physicians and nurses are quickly recognizing the benefits of relaxation and healing that can take place during Reiki sessions and the positive effect is has on patients. Some benefits include: less pain, less pain medication, feeling of comfort, clarity in making decisions, spiritual connection, less nausea, and feeling back to normal after treatments. Reiki should be used only as a compliment to your physician’s treatment plan.
Should I receive Reiki when I have no apparent physical or emotional issues?
Yes, there are always underlying factors that we may not see or feel the surface. I highly recommend experiencing Reiki on a regular basis for general well-being and overall preventative health. Many people use Reiki to help maintain low blood pressure, for better sleep, as relaxation and other preventative measures.