Reiki is a subtle and effective form of energy medicine which aims to help the flow of energy around the body and remove energetic blocks, in a similar way to acupuncture or acupressure. Improving the flow of energy and removing blocks can enable relaxation, reduce pain, speed healing, and reduce other symptoms of illness.
The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a type of energy healing that targets the energy fields around the body. According to practitioners, energy can stagnate in the body where there has been physical injury or possibly emotional pain. In time, these energy blocks can cause illness.
Reiki has been around for thousands of years. Its current form was developed in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist called Mikao Usui. While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to use or experience Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not.
Because of this, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.
What Should I Expect During My Reiki Session?
A Reiki session is usually 60 to 90 minutes long. During your initial visit your practitioner will discuss with you any particular problems or issues you may be experiencing as well as give you a brief description of what will take place during the session.
For the actual session you will rest comfortably on a massage table on your back with your shoes removed. Unlike massage therapy, no articles of clothing are removed and a client is fully clothed; loose, comfortable clothing is suggested.
During the session the practitioner places their hands lightly on or over specific areas of the head, limbs, and torso using different hand shapes, for between 2 and 5 minutes. If there is a particular injury or area of concern the hands may be held just above the wound or injury.
During this time, the practitioner’s hands may be warm and tingling. When the practitioner feels that the heat, or energy, in their hands has abated, they will remove their hands and may place them over a different area of the body.
While Reiki is often a stand alone service, or it can also be added on to your massage session.