Reiki: An Energy Medicine Practice

Reiki (pronounced Ray-kee) is an energy medicine practice that originated in Japan. In Reiki the practitioner places his hands on or near the person receiving treatment with the intent to transmit ki, which is believed to be a life-force energy.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine recognizes Reiki as part of complementary and alternative medicine and places it within a domain called Energy Medicine. In this domain, therapies are based on the belief that disturbances in energy cause illness. 

Restoring Balance through Reiki

Reiki supports one’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing when facing stress or illness. Energy medicine practitioners seek to improve the flow and balance of energy in a beneficial way. Reiki restores balance to the body which in turn helps the body to heal.  It is a subtle Japanese technique based on the principle that each of us has unseen life force energy. When we are out of balance, we feel stressed and are prone to illness. The Reiki technique can be applied to oneself or to others and promotes a relaxation and healing response. It can help to relieve the side effects of treatments, to encourage a sense of well being, and to promote recovery.

Reiki is a therapy that one delivers through one’s hands with the intent to raise the amount of ki in and around the body. A treatment can be administered on a table, in a chair, or even in a bed. The practitioner places their hands on the patient and moves through a series of hand positions (12-15) balancing the body’s energy systems and working with all layers of the aura. 

Using Reiki on Yourself

Reiki is a modality that one can learn to use on one’s self, and it’s an excellent tool that one can use for life. People have sought Reiki treatment for a wide variety of reasons such as:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain
  • Recovery from surgery
  • Side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer
  • Lowering heart rate and blood pressure
  • Improving immunity
  • Mental clarity
  • Sense of well being
  • Spirituality
  • Palliative care

During a session, the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual layers are addressed, cleared, and balanced. A typical session last between 30 and 60 minutes, and it is generally recommended that treatments be in a series of three to help release and rebalance the body all of the underling issues. Reiki is easy to experience and most people report some type of shift in how they were feeling from when they came into the session to when they went out of the session.

Reiki for Everyday Life

Overall, there are many reasons to utilize Reiki in your everyday life.  Most people report that they feel more relaxed, sleep better, and feel more grounded and focused. 

While there are still some skeptics about how the modality works, Reiki is gaining acceptance in hospitals, cancer centers, palliative care, and mental health facilities. You can learn more about Reiki by contacting Reiki Master Teacher Terri Ann Heiman or scheduling a session.

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