Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese technique for relaxation and healing. It is done through touch. A soothing energy flows from the hands of the practitioner to the client, releasing tension, promoting relaxation and healing. Reiki enhances the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It can not cause harm. It is gentle and will adjust itself to create an effect that is needed. Furthermore, it works in harmony with all other kinds of treatment including medical and psychological care. Reiki healing sessions are usually conducted on a table while the client is laying down; however, it can also be conducted in an upright position in the event the client is not able to do so due to physical limitations.
How does Reiki work?
We are alive because of life energy or Ki. Reiki recognizes and utilizes this life energy. Life energy animates all living things. As long as you are alive, you have life energy circulating through you and around you. If your life energy is low or if there is a restriction in its flow, you will be more vulnerable to illness. When it is high and free flowing, you will be less likely to get sick. Life energy flows within the physical body through pathways called chakras, meridians, and nadis. This life energy passes through our organs, tissues and cells supporting vital functions of the body. It also flows around us and is called an aura. Ki is also responsive to thoughts and feelings.
Does the medical community recognize Reiki as a healing practice?
Yes. Reiki is offered as part of regular patient care at over 800 hospitals in the U.S. including being given in operating rooms and intensive care units. Reiki decreases recovery time from surgery, improves mental attitude, and reduces unwanted side effects of medications including chemotherapy, radiation and other medical procedures.