Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. It is an alternative energy healing modality that promotes and encourages overall balance in body, mind, emotions and spirit.
It promotes healing by activating the relaxation response and helping the body to balance itself from a very deep level.
Reiki was developed and documented by four Japanese men independently of one another between 1914-1922.
However, Reiki energy is thought to have existed since the beginning of time, long before it was termed “Reiki”.
The word Reiki is Japanese and can be translated into Rei, meaning Higher Power and Ki, meaning Universal Life Force. Thus, Reiki is spiritually guided life force energy.
This life force energy—aka Chi or Prana—flows within our physical body through our organs, tissues and cells and nourishes and supports them in their vital functions. It also flows through our energy field, called the aura. When this life force is disrupted it causes diminished functioning and imbalance.
A Reiki treatment involves the practitioner using light touch on a fully-clothed patient allowing the life force energy to flow through their hands to the patient. The practitioner does not direct the energy or vibration, or make a diagnosis or treatment plan, but acts as a vessel for the energy and vibration. This activates the natural healing processes of the patient and aims to restore their mental, energetic, physical and emotional well-being.
Reiki has been shown to:
Reduce levels of anxiety and depression
Lower levels of perceived pain
Calm the nervous system
Induce deep states of relaxation
Trigger the body’s natural healing mechanisms, among many other benefits.
After a Reiki treatment the patient may feel awakened and refreshed as though they’ve slept a thousand years, they may feel a heightened sense of mental clarity, or feel at peace, calm and relaxed.
It is recommended that after a Reiki treatment the patient drinks a lot of water to aid in the elimination of any toxins that were released. The effects of the Reiki treatment will continue to work for a number of days after the initial session, patients should remain open to any emotions or physical sensations that may arise during that time.