What is Reiki?
REIKI (pronounced ray-kee) means universal life force energy, the energy found in and around all living things. It is a natural, non invasive, yet powerful healing technique that is given by gentle touch. REIKI is an ancient Japanese hands-on healing technique for relaxation and stress reduction that also enhances the natural power of the body to heal itself. REIKI energy works on the emotional, physical, mental and/or spiritual needs of a person. REIKI is NOT a substitute for medical and other health care treatments, but rather compliments, supports, and enhances them. REIKI is not a religion and has no dogma. It is compatible with all religious paths and faiths. REIKI can be taught to anyone by a certified Reiki Master Teacher.
Reiki has and continues to gain acceptance in the medical community. It is commonly used to decrease the pain of cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Reiki has also been proven effective in patients with AIDS, lupus, chronic pain, anxiety, multiple sclerosis and pre and postoperative preparation and recovery. Reiki practitioners do not claim to cure specific illnesses, but believe that restoring balance to the entire person helps release the energy blockages that often underlie illness and stress.
Reiki has also been shown to:
- Strengthen a person's immune system and accelerate their natural healing process.
- Reduce the effects of trauma.
- Improve focus and concentration.
- Increase your intuition and psychic awareness.
- Dissolve addictive behaviors.
- Provide relaxation, confidence, peace, joy and serenity.
- Encourage personal development, self-love and love for others.
- Ease and support the grieving process.
- Ease the suffering of the terminally ill.
During a Reiki session, practitioners gently place their hands along specific sites of the body. Reiki is always done in a respectful, caring manner and can be adjusted for anyone who has difficulty with touch. Reiki passes through clothing, casts and surgical dressings. Recipients remain fully clothed during Reiki treatments. It's important to note that recipients do not receive any of the practitioner's energy but rather draw whatever healing energy is needed through the practitioner's hands. Receiving a Reiki treatment is best approached with an attitude of openness, with no particular expectations.