Curious about Reiki?
At the onset of the twenty-first century, the medical fraternity announced an emerging trend that was alarming: diseases were becoming resistant to the drugs that had been in use for decades. Following this announcement, medical practitioners went into full swing in search of an effective alternative practice.
The results were varied: some stumbled upon acupuncture, others embraced herbal medicine, while others discovered aromatherapy. There is, however, one form of alternative medicine that is not so well known or popular but is nonetheless effective. The best part is that it uses no medicine or drugs – none whatsoever!
Its name? Reiki. If you’ve never heard of it, fret not. Here is everything you need to know about Reiki.
What is Reiki?
This drug-free healing technique has its roots in Japan. It is made up of two Japanese terms, “Rei” and “Ki.” Rei means the Higher Power or God’s Wisdom while Ki means life force energy. Together, the two words mean “spiritually guided life force energy.” In a nutshell, Reiki is a method of sacred energetic healing guided by the belief that a therapist can direct energy into a patient’s body through touch.
The touch triggers relaxation and its healing benefits. It restores emotional and physical well-being and also activates natural healing. If for nothing else, use Reiki for the relaxation healing benefits it offers.
A Short History of Reiki
This sacred healing method was developed by Buddhist Mikao Usui in the early 1900s. Over time, his methods were passed through many Reiki masters. There are many forms of Reiki in existence, but the Usui System of Natural Healing is still the most widely practiced. Reiki was introduced to the west in 1937 by Mrs. Hawayo Takata.
It is now used by millions of people around the world. Users of Reiki say it has made a big difference in their lives. Some have been healed of chronic illnesses, others have overcome anxiety and depression, while others have gone on to become Reiki Masters. Many people use this as their full time profession.
The Reiki Therapy
This healing technique is similar to massage, but it differs in that the client is fully clothed, and only some parts of the body are involved. More importantly, the touching process must be non-invasive, appropriate and not intrusive at all.
A typical session starts with the patient sitting on a comfortable chair or lying on a treatment table. They retain their clothes. The therapist begins the therapy by applying very light strokes to the patient’s body.
The touching is performed on the head or the back or front of the torso, and might proceed to the limbs in some cases (though rarely). While treating scars, burns or open wounds, the therapy is done with the hands off the body – without any contact.
Do you find Reiki fascinating and are interested in learning it? You can! The good news is that the process does not require spiritual or intellectual abilities; it has no limitations such as race or belief. Unlike traditional medicine that is taught in classrooms and labs using books, this healing technique is taught differently through a process called Reiki attunement. In it, the master therapist permits the learner to tap into their unlimited life force energy supplies. Afterwards, they take a few lessons on where and how to touch then they can initiate the practice. One of the great things about Reiki once it’s learned is you can be your own practitioner!
The Reiki Symbols
There are some Reiki symbols that Reiki masters who have attained level 2 of the therapy use. The symbols are partially made of Kanji, the Japanese style of writing. There are three main symbols: Choku Rei (the power symbol), Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen (the distance symbol) and Sei He Ki (the emotional/mental symbol).
They are considered holy and must be kept secret. However, the internet and print media have breached these two beliefs, not to mention that more symbols have been invented.
Therapists apply Reiki music to improve the effectiveness of the treatment. The type of music used, however, is not the common acapella over instrumentations. Rather, it is carefully selected music capable of creating relaxation and tranquility during the sessions. The music, as the practitioners say, has to guide their hand strokes in spacious and delicate rhythms so as to draw out its healing effects.
The touch has to be mesmerizing so as to achieve a powerful energy glow and induce healing. Reiki music refers to any relaxing form of music. The music can be played in therapy rooms, at home or in hospital settings depending on the patient’s preferences.
Typically, the music plays non-stop through the sessions that last between 15 to 90 minutes. The aim is to induce faster effects, guide the therapist, and mask unnecessary surrounding noise. It is, however, optional for the patients that may prefer silence.
Reiki massage, just like the standard massage, is a technique of inducing natural healing. It creates a feeling of invigoration and relaxation because it increases blood flow, improves oxygen circulation, and loosens the muscles. This way, the body’s energies rise to their maximum potential.
Through the touch and off body positioning of the hands, this Japanese form of massage balances the flow of energy in the body. There are more than twenty documented Reiki massage hand positions.
Reiki masters say that this therapy can work on its own or together with other therapeutic and medical treatments. It promotes recovery, minimizes side effects, and improves one’s spiritual and mental contexts. The users of the technique say they experience a wonderful glowing radiance that flows around and through their bodies.
They define its effectiveness as miraculous. This glow, they say, treats the whole person: the mind, the spirit and the body. Reiki also offers extra benefits such as a sense of security, peace, wellbeing, and relaxation.
Although the healing method has been in use for several decades, it has not yet been fully approved as a standalone form of treatment. However, both therapists and modern medicine practitioners agree that it has significant effects on the healing process.
While some medical practitioners might not agree to its miraculous attribute, they concur that the relaxation it offers and improved blood and oxygen distribution enhances the health of the body.
In addition, the person doing the Reiki receives all the benefits of the healing as the energy moves through them. Reiki is a win-win for everyone involved.
Reiki is used beautifully with all types of animals. You can watch your pet relax as they receive the healing energy that is transmitted.
If you have tried conventional medicine and been disappointed, try Reiki. This safe, drug-free therapy is ideal for every patient. Therapeutic in every way, it is very easy to learn.
Reiki is one of the best techniques for escaping from this hectic life to a serene world full of calm, relaxation and of course, healing! What’s not to love about it?
Author: Esateys Stuchiner
Esateys (pronounced Ee sáh teez) is an International Life Transformational Speaker, Author, Master Facilitator, Life Coach and Expert in the Human condition. She is a Nationally and Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. For over 30 years, she has practiced, taught and lectured extensively in the allopathic and alternative medicine field.
Esateys is known for her groundbreaking work in the areas of personal empowerment and health restoration using mindset and inner connection as the catalyst for all change.
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