What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese healing technique by which this energy - the source of life in all beings - is transmitted through the laying on of hands to support relaxation and relief from stress, pain, and upset in the mind, body or spirit, and promote healing.
Reiki may be used for all beings, in person or remotely. It supports all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve symptoms and side effects and promote recovery. Reiki is not, however, a diagnostic tool, nor a substitute for medical care.
All Relations Reiki offers this form of energy medicine to human and nonhuman beings, plants, and the planet, with a vision of supporting physical, emotional and spiritual health and well-being.
While Reiki is an energy-healing modality, "healing" in this context is distinct from "curing." If the body is beyond the hope of a cure, healing for the spirit may mean passing on...and Reiki can provide comfort to both the one passing and the one(s) being left behind.
Reiki in Action
My First Experience of Deep Reiki Healing
How Can Reiki Help Me?
In the 95 years since Mikao Usui established the practice of Reiki, practitioners have found that it may be used effectively for anyone, of any age or physical condition. Because it involves no physical manipulation, nor the ingestion or application of any drugs, creams, or oils, it has no known contraindications. It’s impossible to be allergic to Reiki! For all of these reasons, more than 800 hospitals incorporate Reiki into their patient services in the U.S. and abroad, treating a wide range of conditions including:
- autoimmune disease
- cardiovascular disease
- digestive disorders
- hormonal issues
- rehabilitation from physical injury
- and more.
So, you may ask – what does Reiki feel like? Well, you remain clothed, and you may be sitting or lying down. The practitioner may gently place hands on your body – or may hold hands a few inches above your body – in a series of locations roughly corresponding to the chakras. You may feel warmth, heat, or tingling in those areas, and most people report feeling a sense of relaxation that deepens as the session progresses. A session may be as short as 15 minutes or as long as 90.
Afterward, you may feel sleepy – or energized! It’s common to experience shifts, whether physical, psychological or emotional: if you have been blocked in some way (whether it’s, say, constipation, a charley-horse, or blocked emotions), you may experience a release.
To integrate your Reiki experience and energy release, be gentle to yourself! Drink plenty of water, get plenty of sleep (and pay attention to your dreams!). Observe your experience with love and acceptance, remembering that this is energy moving. If you experience a major psychological or emotional release, stay in contact with your therapist to process the thoughts and feelings. And if you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to seeing you!
* Pamela Miles, Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide (New York: Penguin, 2008), 8
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