Reiki is pronounced ray-key. Rei means “spiritual wisdom” and Ki means “life energy”. It is a Japanese technique with a written record dating back to 1914. It is used for stress reduction, relaxation, and healing. Reiki is administered by “laying on hands”, although having to touch another person is not necessary to achieve/receive results. Practitioners that have studied Reiki and have become attuned to it can deliver Reiki’s healing energies to another person from a distance if needed.
Is it safe?
Reiki is always helpful and always safe. The practitioner does not direct the healing, nor decides what to work on or what to heal. The practitioner sets their ego aside to allow the loving presence of spiritual consciousness shine through.
How does Reiki work?
It works by encouraging the flow of Ki (life energy) through the physical body via energy pathways. Chakras and meridians are the energy pathways that pass through the organs and tissues of the body. Ki also flows around us in our aura or energy field that surrounds us and influences positive or negative thoughts or feelings. A free and balanced flow of Ki creates wellbeing. When Ki is disrupted it causes diminished function within the organs and tissues and perpetuates negative thoughts. This disruption is the main cause of illness or dis-ease.
What does it treat?
Anything that is causing discomfort or dis-ease can be treated with Reiki. It works beautifully as a complementary therapy for everything from life-threatening diseases to broken bones to insomnia, the possibilities are endless. Reiki has shown to decrease recovery time, reduce side effects of medications including chemotherapy and radiation. Hartford Hospital in Connecticut conducted a study that showed that Reiki improved patient sleep by 86%, reduced pain by 78%, and reduced nausea by 80%. It has also been used in conjunction with psychotherapy to improve the healing of emotional trauma, improve memory, and promote greater self-confidence.
Is Reiki a Religion?
Reiki has no dogma and does not conflict with religious belief. Much like the practice of yoga, many people report that Reiki enhances each person’s own spiritual practice or religious connection.
How do I find a Reiki practitioner?
Finding a practitioner is like searching for any other practitioner or instructor. Search engines, word of mouth, and local magazines, will point you in the right direction. The most important qualities of a Reiki practitioner are sincerity, professionalism, respect, and positivity.
When should I try Reiki?
If you have not had a Reiki treatment before, give it a try sooner than later. Don’t wait until you need to treat an ailment, we know prevention is a key mindset of optimal health. At the very least you will feel relaxed and stress-free at the end of a session.
Additional detailed information about Reiki can be found at reiki.org and centerforreikiresearch.org
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