Reiki is a gentle natural form of therapeutic touch. It can be used to promote relaxation, enhance the body’s natural ability to heal, and to restore a sense of inner balance and calm. The word Reiki (pronounced ray – kee) is made of two Japanese words Rei which means Higher Power and Ki which means life force energy
In a Reiki session the Reiki Practitioner puts their hands on the body or above the body and begins the Reiki energy flow. Many people feel warmth emanating from the practitioners hands but you might also feel vibration, pressure, or tingling, or you may just notice that you feel relaxed or even feel nothing at all. Because Reiki is flowing energy, it moves through the body along pathways called meridians and will unblock areas of built up emotional energy. Removing the build up allows the life-force to flow naturally thus eliminating aches and pains, nourishing vital organs, and allowing the body systems to regulate properly.
Reiki is also considered a spiritual healing art. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. A Reiki session usually is between 30 and 60 minutes in length. During a Reiki session, the client remains fully clothed typically lying on a massage table. A Reiki session aids in stress reduction and it is almost always a very relaxing experience. Reiki sessions or classes are a great investment in yourself.
How does Reiki work on stress symptoms?**
Instead of headaches and angry outbursts, Reiki may potentially help you enjoy:
- A boost to your body’s healing mechanisms, which once again begin to function effectively
- Potential reduced blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormones from the relaxation response
- Increased immune system strength
- A shifting from the stress response of “fight or flight” to the relaxation response
- A restoration of balance to your body, mind and soul
Reiki energies have a high and healthy frequency and potency. Reiki masters and practitioners must undergo an attunement process in order to effectively channel the Reiki energies. You can use Reiki on its own for enhanced wellness or in conjunction with traditional medicine anytime your body, mind and soul need a powerful, beautiful boost.
**This article appeared in The Reiki Times, the official magazine of the International Association of Reiki Professionals.