Reiki was developed by Mikao Usui of Japan during the early 20th century. The word “Reiki” is derived from two Japanese words: rei, or universal, and ki, or life energy. Reiki is a simple, non-invasive form of health care that can be used alone or easily integrated into any health care regime to increase its effectiveness. Reiki is now being offered in a variety of health care settings, including medical offices, hospitals, and clinics.
Reiki is based on the idea that there is a universal (or source) energy that supports the body’s innate healing abilities. Studies by Dr. James Oschman and others have shown that energy emitted from the hands of energy practitioners can pulse with variable frequencies in the range of 8 to 10 Hz, the range that promotes physical healing. Reiki practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above the person receiving treatment, with the goal of assisting the person’s own healing response.
How Can Reiki Help You?
Reiki works on the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual levels. People use Reiki to help promote relaxation, for stress reduction, and symptom relief to help promote overall health and well-being. Reiki is also used by people who are seeking relief from specific concerns, disease-related symptoms, and the side effects of conventional medical treatments. Some examples include assistance with sports injuries, cuts, burns, post-surgical healing, migraine headaches, chronic pain or inflammations, internal diseases, emotional disorders, and many stress-related illnesses.
What Does a Reiki Session Entail?
In a Reiki session, the client lies down or sits comfortably, fully clothed. The practitioner’s hands are placed lightly on or just above the client’s body, palms down, using a series of 12 to 15 different hand positions. Each position is held for 2 to 5 minutes, or until the practitioner feels that the flow of energy—experienced as sensations such as heat or tingling in the hands—has slowed or stopped. The number of sessions needed depends on the individual health needs of the client. Typically, the practitioner delivers at least four sessions of 30 to 90 minutes each. The duration of Reiki sessions may be shorter in certain health care settings (for example, during surgery). Clients may experience a deep state of relaxation during a Reiki session. They might also feel warm, tingly, sleepy, or refreshed.
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