What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional wellbeing.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei, which means “the Higher Power”, and – Ki, which stands for “Life Force Energy”: together meaning “spiritually guided life force energy”.
How Does it Work?
The knowledge of an invisible energy that flows through all living things has been part of the wisdom of many healing cultures for thousands of years.
When our life force energy is low, it impacts our wellbeing and personal health. Reiki is an energy that works on the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual level. The technique increases one’s Life Force Energy, which brings the body back into balance and promotes a healthier life.
What to Expect?
Reiki is a hands-on modality that promotes relaxation. The practitioner places his or her hands on areas of the body that retain the most tension and stress (the head, the face, the shoulders, the back, the stomach, the knees, and the feet). This hand placement promotes a connection between practitioner and client. This provides an environment where the practitioner can truly pay attention to the client, and understand where the client needs the most support and attention.
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. During a Reiki session, the body enters a state of relaxation that can be described as: “not quite sleeping, not quite awake, but somewhere in between”. This is a wonderful place where intuition, awareness, and affirmations can enter the patient’s mind and this tends to create feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.
This type of care is great to help calm the mind and the heart during periods of high-stress and overwhelming times. It gives the patient some time to reflect on their present state of wellbeing. It gives the patient an opportunity to slow down and give their mind and body a break.
Does it Hurt?
Reiki does not hurt. Patients have reported feeling sensations such as warmth or cold and sensations of pressure or tingling. Some patients have reported seeing colors or visions during their treatment. Everyone experiences Reiki differently. If you’re feeling something uncomfortable, let your practitioner know so that she can adjust course of treatment and talk about possible significance.
It’s also possible that emotional releases occur during this type of therapy and although these can be unpleasant to experience, the end result of this release can be awakening.
Is it Safe?
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve stress, side effects and promote recovery and wellbeing.
There are no contraindications to this type of therapy. Anyone with any type of illness or concerns can benefit from the relaxing effects of this therapy.
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