What is Reiki?
Reiki is a holistic energy healing treatment that heals the body, mind and spirit, and is not a system of religious beliefs. Reiki is a relaxation treatment during which natural healing vibrations are transmitted through the hands of a Reiki practitioner to the body of the recipient. This healing energy vibration is considered life force energy. The awareness that an unseen energy flows through all living things and directly affects the quality of a person’s health has been part of the wisdom of many cultures since ancient times. This life energy goes by many names: qi in China, ki in Japan, and prana in India. The ancient Hawaiians called it ti or ki. It has also been called orgone energy, élan vital, and biofield energy.
The purpose of a Reiki treatment is to relieve stress and pain, induce relaxation, release emotional blockages, accelerate natural healing, and balance subtle body energies. “Reiki is not an alternative to allopathic medicine—it is a “complementary” therapy that can be implemented alongside all other medical and therapeutic techniques. It is a gentle technique that is suitable for even very fragile patients, so it is accepted widely in hospitals and hospices around the world. The profound relaxation produced by Reiki has been anecdotally reported to alleviate anxiety and stress, the perception of pain, and to promote a feeling of psychospiritual well-being.” (Reiki Is Better Than Placebo and Has Broad Potential as a Complementary Health Therapy, David E. McManus, PhD; J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2017 Oct; 22(4): 1051–1057.) In more than 800 American Hospitals, Reiki education is offered free of charge to accelerate the healing process and to alleviate pain.
What is a session like?
Reiki is administered through the hands of a Reiki practitioner with the client lying fully clothed on a massage table. A session usually lasts between 45 minutes to an hour and a half. Shorter sessions are also possible. The Reiki practitioner places his or her hands at locations around the head and shoulders, the abdomen and on the legs and feet. Tissue is not manipulated. The practitioner’s hands are simply held at each location, lightly touching or slightly away from the body. Reiki energy flows from the practitioner’s hands and into the client’s body and energy field. A Reiki session feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that surrounds and fills the client and includes feelings of relaxation, peace and well-being that also promote healing.
Benefits of Reiki:
Reiki energy allows muscles to relax and increases blood flow, which in turn quickens the healing process. Clients report Reiki assists in alleviating stress, headaches, insomnia, upset stomach, sprains and other minor conditions. Reiki also promotes psychological healing, including release of anger, fear, worry, sadness, and replaces them with self-worth, confidence and tranquility. Many studies have been done to address the efficacy of Reiki. “…these studies provide evidence that Reiki is better than placebo for inducing a physically relaxed state. This appears to be an objective fact, given that it has been replicated in both humans and rats. Physiological measurements indicate that Reiki is more effective than placebo in reducing resting heart rate, increasing heart rate variability, and reducing blood pressure. These results indicate that Reiki is more effective than placebo in activating the parasympathetic nervous system.” It is the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system that takes an individual out of a trauma response and into a relaxed state body. (Reiki Is Better Than Placebo and Has Broad Potential as a Complementary Health Therapy, David E. McManus, PhD; J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2017 Oct; 22(4): 1051–1057.)
In several studies looking at the use of reiki as a complementary service for the treatment of chronic conditions, “Reiki was found to be more effective than placebo, resulting in reduced anxiety and depression, and improved self-esteem and quality of life.” (Reiki Is Better Than Placebo and Has Broad Potential as a Complementary Health Therapy, David E. McManus, PhD; J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2017 Oct; 22(4): 1051–1057.)