What is Reiki Healing?

Before we can define Reiki Healing, lets first define Reiki. Reiki is universal life force energy.

REIKI (pronounced Ray-Key) comes from the Japanese ideograms, "REI" meaning spiritual wisdom, and "KI" meaning life force. This is the same energy that is sometimes referred to as prana, white light, and chi/qi.

Reiki healing (often referred to as simply Reiki) is a system of natural, hands-on healing that positively affects the whole person by use of universal life energy. Reiki is a simple, safe, and effective means of stress reduction, pain management, and deep relaxation. Many experience profound emotional, spiritual, and physical healing from this holistic technique.

Reiki healing is a practice that originated in Japan. Reiki practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above the person receiving treatment, with the goal of facilitating the person's own healing response. In the United States, Reiki is part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

Reiki is religion neutral. It transcends the boundaries of religions. Reiki has no dogma or religious teachings. It provides a physical as well as spiritual experience that can be integrated into just about any system of belief. This experience is open to the interpretation of the recipient.

How does Reiki Work?

Reiki works on the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies as well as the physical. In Western medicine we often treat the symptoms rather than the causes of dis-ease. Reiki is Eastern in origin and its approach to healing. In Eastern medicine, most of our physical ills, especially those that reoccur over time, are caused by an emotional, mental or spiritual block in our body. By helping the body's energy to realign and energize, Reiki releases these "blockages", freeing us of the physical effects caused by them. This can be very subtle, and is often not as "immediate" as taking a pill. However, the effects are often more long-lasting.

Although Reiki is not a substitute for traditional medical practice, Reiki works well with and can enhance many other healing modalities.

How is a Reiki Treatment given?

In a Reiki session, the client lies down or sits comfortably, fully clothed. The practitioner's hands are placed lightly on or just above the client's body, palms down, using a series of 12 to 15 different hand positions. Each position is held for about 2 to 5 minutes, or until the practitioner feels that the flow of energy—experienced as sensations such as heat or tingling in the hands—has slowed or stopped. The number of sessions depends on the health needs of the client. Typically, each full session lasts 60 to 90 minutes each.

Practitioners with appropriate training may perform Reiki from a distance, that is, on clients who are not physically present in the office or clinic.

What are the benefits?

  • Supports the body's natural ability to heal itself

  • Change unwanted habits

  • Rebalances the energy centers

  • Overcome mental, emotional and physical blocks

  • Stress Reduction

  • Promotes a state of total relaxation

According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included a comprehensive survey of CAM use by Americans, more than 1.2 million adults had used an energy healing therapy, such as Reiki, in the previous year. The survey also found that approximately 161,000 children had used an energy healing therapy in the previous year.

People use Reiki for relaxation, stress reduction, and symptom relief, in efforts to improve overall health and well-being. Reiki has been used by people with anxiety, chronic pain, HIV/AIDS, and other health conditions, as well as by people recovering from surgery or experiencing side effects from cancer treatments. Reiki has also been given to people who are dying (and to their families and caregivers) to help impart a sense of peace.

Where can I find more information?

You can find more information on Reiki at www.Reiki.org, The National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), or you are always welcome to contact us with any questions you may have!