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The Origins of Reiki

Reiki has a long history, in fact some researchers believe that it dates as far back as 500 B.C. in Tibet. Reiki was almost a lost healing art until it was rediscovered in Japan in the 1800’s. Reiki’s influence spread to the Western world in the 1970’s and it is now a widely accepted form of healing in our culture today.

How is Reiki Performed?

A Reiki treatment is generally performed on a massage table, but Reiki can also be given to a recipient while he or she is seated, or even standing. The recipient remains fully clothed. Often, relaxing music is played and the treatment is carried out with minimal talking. The practitioner places his hands on or near the client’s body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, knees, and feet. Reiki does not involve physical manipulation, but works with the subtle vibrational field thought to surround and penetrate the body. Each position lasts three to ten minutes depending on how much Reiki the client needs and the entire treatment takes between 45 and 90 minutes.

What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning “Universal Life-Force-Energy”, the energy which is all around us.  It is a holistic, natural, hands-on energy healing system that touches on all levels: body, mind, and spirit. The belief is that the energy will flow through the practitioner’s hands whenever the hands are placed on, or held near a potential recipient. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It is a very gentle yet powerful technique that helps stress reduction, aids relaxation, and promotes healing.

Is Reiki a Religion?

Reiki is not a religion; although it is a form of spiritual healing. It is not dependant on one’s spiritual development or personal religious beliefs and therefore is available to everyone. Total faith in Reiki is not required in order to benefit from it. In fact, sceptics can benefit from Reiki too, as long as the recipient is not consciously blocking the experience.

What Does Reiki Feel Like?

What one experiences during a Reiki treatment varies somewhat from person to person. However, feelings of deep relaxation are usually felt by all. In addition, one may feel a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and surrounds them. Some initially feel nothing, while others may experience a floating sensation, drift off to sleep, or feel a glow flowing through and surrounding them. The recipient may often feel warmth or tingling in the area being treated.CDP 6153

Benefits of Reiki

  • A state of deep relaxation
  • A feeling of well-being
  • A feelings of peace and security
  • Calms the mind
  • Accelerates healing process.
  • Feel refreshed
  • More positive, balanced outlook
  • Emotional releases

Growing Medical Acceptance of Reiki

A growing number of traditional medical institutions such as cancer institutes, hospitals and hospices are recognizing the positive affect that Reiki has for healing patients. Physicians and nurses are indicating that Reiki reduces stress, decreases the need for pain medication, improves sleep and appetite, and accelerates the healing process. They also indicate that Reiki reduces many of the unwanted side effects of radiation and drugs, including chemotherapy. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to promote recovery and even create optimism. Reiki practitioners don’t diagnose nor promise outcomes but we believe Reiki to have innate wisdom, be spiritually guided, serve the highest good, and flow naturally to wherever an individual needs it most – all good things!

“You may be interested to know that there are Five Reiki Principles or precepts that are at the spiritual root of Reiki. Regardless of one’s religious or spiritual belief system, I believe that these are unifying principles that, promote inner balance, respect for self and others as well as connectedness to the world

Reiki Principles:

Just for today, do not anger Just for today, do not worry Just for today, be humble Just for today, be honest (in your dealings with other people) Just for today, be compassionate towards yourself and others