Energy Healing Reiki

Reiki healing is a form of energy therapy developed by Dr. Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 20th century. The word “Reiki” is a combination of the Japanese words “rei,” meaning “universal,” and “ki,” meaning “life energy.” This concept of “universal life energy” is the foundation for the practice of Reiki healing.

Like other kinds of energy healing techniques, Reiki is based on the notion of an essential, universal energy that supports all life. This energy flows around us and through us at all times. It keeps us functioning on all levels—the physical, emotional and spiritual.

At times, an individual’s energy field can be disturbed—perhaps by negative thoughts and feelings—and the person’s physical being is thrown off as a result and illness may occur.

In Reiki energy healing, trained practitioners channel energy into areas where a client’s energy field is disrupted. This Reiki energy clears out the negative energy, restores a balanced energy flow and promotes healthy functioning.

Reiki and Healing

Patients have reported positive results from using Reiki energy healing to deal with many ailments, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Colds and flu
  • Depression
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Pain
  • Stress.

Patients have also used Reiki healing to help them cope with the side effects of medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, and for quicker recovery from surgery.

When considering Reiki and healing, it’s helpful to note that this form of energy healing is not defined solely by the removal of symptoms. Reiki healing is also about energy healing and helping you become more aligned with your true self. Reiki energy healing works on the emotional and spiritual levels as well, helping patients let go of fear and anxiety, resulting in a more balanced body, mind and spirit.

A Reiki Energy Healing Session

Reiki healing is offered by practitioners who have been trained by a Reiki Master and reached one of three levels of “attunement.” The first two levels require several days of training each, but the last level of training can take up to a year, depending on the student and the teacher.

Sessions typically last from 30 to 90 minutes, with the client lying fully clothed on a massage table. Practitioners place their hands lightly on the client—or hold them just above the body—in a series of up to 15 different hand positions. Each position is held for a few minutes, until the energy flow is balanced.

Clients often find this energy therapy treatment deeply relaxing. They report feeling warm, tingly, sleepy or sometimes nothing at all. The number of sessions depends on a client’s needs.

Reiki energy healing is not recommended as an alternative to a conventional doctor’s care. Make sure your healthcare provider knows about any energy therapy treatments you pursue.


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