Reiki, pronounced ray-key, is a Japanese word that means universal life force energy. Reiki is said to have originated in ancient Tibet thousands of years ago, and was rediscovered in the mid-1800s by Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan. The healing powers and methods of Reiki were once a well-guarded secret. Today, the awareness and practice of this alternative healing method is spreading across the globe.
Reiki is a non-invasive hands-on healing technique where energy (also referred to as chi, ki or prana) is channelled through the practitioner’s hands onto the person, animal or object. The energy goes to the place(s) in the body where it is needed most. Reiki is a holistic treatment meaning that it treats the ‘whole’ person including the body, mind, emotion and spirit. The Reiki Usui method of natural healing facilitates and promotes physical, emotional, mental and spiritual balance in a nurturing way by unlocking the inner flow of vital energy and restoring the body’s own inner balance.
Everything around us is made of different energy vibrations. Throughout the course of our lives, outside influences can cause us to develop a lack of harmony in these subtle energy flows. When they need attuning, we can use many of the universe’s tools to help us rebalance them. The Reiki practitioner becomes a conduit for these energies, helping harmonize them and release blockages. It can work directly in the unconscious parts of the mind/body which contain negative chi-inhibiting thoughts and feelings and eliminate them. As Reiki flows through a sick or unhealthy area, it breaks up and washes away negative thoughts or feelings lodged in the unconscious mind/body, allowing a normal healthy flow of energy to resume.
Reiki provides many benefits and is used to treat chronic and acute physical symptoms as well as emotional and mental distress.
Physical issues that can be helped with Reiki are:
- Childhood Abuse
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Heart Disease
- Many others
Overall benefits include:
- Deep relaxation
- Emotional balancing
- Physical healing
- Pain relief
- Increased Energy
- Chakra clearing
- and more
The actual treatment uses a gentle hands-on technique which is done over clothing. It can be done either on a massage table or chair. The hands of the Reiki Practitioner are gently placed in various positions on your body corresponding to the body's energy centres and remain in each position for a few minutes.
It is the same idea when we put our hands on our stomach when it is upset or when we cover a little one’s knee after they hurt it. Intuitively we know it will feel better by transferring energy to that area.
Reiki is often experienced as a profound state of peaceful relaxation, warmth and well-being. It has also been known to enhance creativity and develop a deeper self-awareness.
Reiki supports any medical or supplemental healing method.
Simply put, Reiki is like having a massage for your soul.
What could be nicer than that?