Reiki (pronounced RAY-key) is a form of hands-on energy healing that puts the body in a state of deep relaxation so it can self-heal. Reiki is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy. The ki part of Reiki means ‘energy’ (also known as Chi or Prana). A typical Reiki session can help to release tension and stress as well as promote healing on all levels (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) which can lead to deeper personal insights and shifts in unwanted behavior patterns. Reiki is not a religion. It does not require a certain belief or faith system as it has no dogma, but can be a powerful tool to supercharge your spiritual practice.
The act of laying hands on a body to comfort or relieve pain has been around since the beginning of time. It is instinctual for parents to put their hands on their child’s scraped knee. When our stomach hurts, we put our hands there. We all have the ability to self-heal and to heal others but in this day and age, we are out of touch with nature. We spend increasingly more time indoors and in front of screens. We work more hours and have become a society that is stressed out, anxiety-ridden and depressed.
People that are stressed, depressed and anxious tend to experience physical issues as well as mental, emotional and spiritual ones. Reiki is a gentle yet powerful way of relaxing the body so that self-healing can begin. The Reiki practitioner is able to connect with and direct this energy to the client. Reiki can do no harm and while it is naturally gentle and soothing, it is highly effective in reducing pain, relieving depression/heartache, speeding up recovery time after surgery, etc.
Reiki is a form of touch therapy that the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health classifies as “biofield therapy” or “energy medicine.” Because of its simplicity and fast, dramatic results, documented in increasing numbers of research studies, Reiki is one of the fastest growing complementary modalities in the world. Reiki is now used not only by individuals but also in hundreds of hospitals (U of M, John’s Hopkin’s, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, etc.), nursing homes, Hospices, Chiropractors’ offices and spas throughout the United States.
Improves quality of sleep
Accelerates the body’s self-healing abilities
Reduces pain and can improve pain medication management
Supports the immune system
Increases energy levels
Reduces depression, stress and anxiety
Adjusts energy flow to the endocrine system, bringing the body into balance
Eases side effects of chemotherapy
Raises the vibrational frequency of the body
Improves chronic and acute medical conditions
Promotes musculoskeletal healing process
Works on mental and emotional disorders
Helps spiritual growth
Increases energy levels and enhances creativity
Eases the grieving process
Creates inner harmony
Comforts those in Hospice care and eases transitioning
Works well with other therapies
Eases childbirth and discomfort in pregnancy
DISCLAIMER – Reiki is not a medical treatment and should not be used as a replacement for medical treatment. While it works well along side traditional medicine, you should consult your healthcare specialist for your particular health needs.
Reiki for Wellness
You might not have a specific healing need but have heard about the benefits of Reiki and want to experience it first-hand. Many people come to simply enjoy the peaceful relaxation and rejuvenation that Reiki offers.
Reiki during Pregnancy and Postpartum
If you are looking to have a session during pregnancy or postpartum and wondering if it is safe, the answer is, absolutely yes! In fact Reiki is great for pregnancy pain and discomfort as well as postpartum pain, discomfort, and depression. Babies love Reiki, too!