Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning “universal life energy.” This life force energy can be defined as energy in all created matter. “Ki” is similar in thought to “chi” or “qi” in Chinese medicine, Hindu “prana” and Christian “light.”
Reiki is hands-on energy healing where the practitioner serves as an open channel for transmitting the “ki” to others. The energy is channeled through the hands to the client, which activates the body’s own natural ability to heal itself.
Reiki goes to wherever it is needed most, releasing blocked energies, cleansing the body of toxins, working to create a state of balance and harmony, and promoting relaxation and healing.
Reiki practitioners, with a centered intent to help the client achieve relaxation, reduce pain and/or anxiety, use their hands to direct healing energy. The practitioner’s intent is to support the healing process from a conscious and compassionate state. The client, to benefit, must have the willingness to (change) that which is to be helped. Light touch is used on, or above the client’s fully-clothed body. Shoes can be removed for added comfort.
Reiki practices are just beginning to be formally studied. Case studies are published in books, magazines and on the web for more information about others’ experiences.
Reiki is based on five spiritual principles:
- Just for today do not worry.
- Just for today do not anger.
- Honor your parents, teachers and elders.
- Earn your living honestly.
- Show gratitude to everything.
What can Reiki treat?
Reiki is a particularly gentle technique because it is non-invasive and non-manipulative. Treatments can be used to facilitate physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. Treatments can be done on oneself, others, animals, plants, etc. Reiki treatments can be used for nearly all conditions, with little or no side effects (some clients may experience light-headedness, sinus drainage, increased gastrointestinal activity, etc.)
Reiki treatments usually take an hour to an hour and one-half, but short treatments can also be effective. Sometimes they are given on a table (such as a massage table), or mini-treatments can be given with the client seated in a chair. Generally, full Reiki treatments involve the practitioner moving his/her hands through a series of positions on the face, head, the front of the body from the throat region to the hips, and the back from the neck down to the tailbone. Reiki is also effective in treating injuries: bruises, cuts, etc. It can help to alleviate pain and speed healing.
Reiki treatments can also be done at a distance from the client. With the client’s permission, energy can be transmitted to a client from far away. Distance and emotional healing are learned in the second level of training.
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