Intro to Reiki
Reiki is a gentle healing technique that originated in Japan during the 19th century and was founded by Dr. Mikao Usui.
“Rei” translates to “universal” and “ki” means “energy” or “life force energy.” When these two words are combined to create the word “Reiki” it ends up translating to “universal life evergy.”
Reiki practitioners are attuned to this universal life energy and channel the energy through their hands into the recipient’s body. This technique helps reduce stress, promotes deep relaxation and harmonizes the body, mind and spirit by balancing the subtle energetic pathways in the body.
These subtle pathways are called Chakras and while some belief systems believe that there are several chakras located on the sublte body, there are seven major chakras located on the midline that are focused on in Reiki. When the chakras are in balance, it enhances the body’s ability to heal and restore itself, while increasing one’s sense of well-being.
What to Expect in a Reiki Treatment
Most Reiki treatments last about an hour. The treatments I offer to you can be either a half an hour or an hour long. Recipients are fully clothed and are either lying face down and/or face up on a massage therapy table. If circumstances require, Reiki can also be administered while seated in a chair.
A gentle “laying on of hands” is applied to the recipient during a session. This can either be the practitioner’s hands resting just above the recipient’s physical body or a light, direct touch on the body.
Clients tend to express feeling a warm (and in some cases cool) sensation from the practitioner’s hands on or around them as well as a deep state of relaxation.
Benefits of Reiki
Below is a list of some of the benefits of Reiki:
-help reduce stress and anxiety
-promote a sense of deep relaxation
-increase ones’ sense of well-being
-ease muscle tension
-help improve the quality of sleep
-enhance the body’s ability to heal itself
-refresh the spirit
-balance the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual aspects of oneself
-be supportive during times of acute injury