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
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
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
National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), or
you are always welcome to contact us with any
questions you may have!