What is Reiki?
Reiki is holistic method that enhances the body's innate ability to heal itself, and can be used to relax and strengthen your being, reduce pain, fatigue and anxiety. It can also support recovery after injuries or surgery. The word “Rei” in Japanese means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and “Ki” means "life force energy.” This Universal Life Energy is channeled through the Reiki practitioner to the recipient.
Reiki is used in
hospitals and clinics across the United States as a form of complimentary
health care. It is also now being used by
the Army in combination with other alternative healing methods to treat veterans
suffering from PTSD who wish to remain in the military.
Please note that Reiki is a complimentary therapy and NOT a substitute for medical care. It is also NOT massage.
Usui Reiki is a complementary therapy for the treatment of physical, emotional, and mental diseases. Usui Reiki was developed in Japan in 1922 by Mikao Usui Sensei, a Tendai Buddhist Monk. According to Usui Sensai, Reiki “ . . . is to help body and spirit with intuitive power.”
The following is taken from the inscription on the Usui Memorial erected in 1927 by his students after his death. The memorial is located in the Saihoji temple in the Suginami district of Tokyo:
“One day, Usui-Sensei climbed Mt. Kurama, where he began to do penance while fasting. Suddenly on the twenty first day from the start, he felt a great REIKI over his head, and at the same time as he was spiritually awakened he acquired the REIKI cure. When he tried it on his own body and members’ of his family also, it brought an immediate result on them.
Having said ‘It is much better to give this power widely to a lot of people in the world and enjoy it among them than to keep it exclusively by his family members,’ Usui-Sensei moved his dwelling to Aoyama Harajuku, Tokyo in April, 1922 and established an institute, where the REIKI cure was instructed openly to the public and the treatment was given, too. People came there from far and near to ask for his guidance and cure, and they over-flowed outside, making a long line.”
What Happens During a Typical Reiki Session?
The client remains fully clothed while reclining on a treatment table or sitting in a chair. The Reiki practitioner may lay his/her hands lightly on, or slightly above, the head, shoulders, stomach, arms, legs, and feet of the client using specific hand positions. If you are not comfortable with touch, please notify the Practitioner to adjust the treatment. The session typically lasts an hour, and it is not uncommon for the client to fall asleep. Clients report feeling deeply relaxed during and after a session.
How is Reiki Taught?
The knowledge of Reiki is passed down through a lineage from the Reiki Master to his/her student. A student must be “attuned” by the Reiki Master in order to use Reiki.
News Articles About Reiki:
“Reiki Healing & Mental Health”: http://psychcentral.com/lib/reiki-healing-and-mental-health-what-the-research-shows/
“Healing Research”: http://www.reiki.org/reikinews/reikin24.html
“Center Creates ‘Little Miracles’ in Treating Combat Stress:” http://www.defense.gov/News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=49835
“New Research Shows Reiki Aids the Wellbeing of Cancer Sufferers”: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-02-reiki-aids-wellbeing-cancer.html