Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. It is an energetic healing modality that promotes and encourages overall balance in body, mind, emotions and spirit.
It promotes healing by activating the relaxation response and assisting the body to find mental/emotional balance.
Reiki was documented by four Japanese men independently of one another between 1914-1922. Reiki could be considered another name for the energy field that has always been in existence, 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 life force energy that is guided by your higher self.
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 participant allowing the life force energy to flow through their hands to the participant. 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 participant 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.