A Brief History of Reiki
Reiki is a type of energy therapy and healing from Japan. The name ‘Reiki’ comes from the combination of the Japanese ‘rei’ (universal) and ‘ki’ (life energy). This universal life energy (or force) is believed to surround all living things. While Reiki may seem like a fairly new practice, it has actually been practiced since the late 1800’s. The therapy was founded by Dr. Mikao Usui.
Dr. Usui was raised in Buddhism and received a well-rounded education. He sought to create a healing method that transcended any specific religion, so that it would be accessible to all people. He traveled and studied multiple methods of healing before becoming a Buddhist monk. During a three-week training at Mount Kurama, Dr. Usui came across ancient Sanskrit symbols that unlocked his ability to create Usui Reiki.
The Spread of Reiki
While initially Reiki was taught at small clinics in 1920’s Japan, it eventually spread West by way of Hawaii, with an increase in Reiki masters. It is said that Dr. Usui taught almost 2000 grandmasters. Today, Reiki is practiced worldwide, and students can even learn to practice through online classes. Reiki practitioners are sometimes referred to simply as energy healers or therapists. Different techniques for channeling energy such as centering, clearing, and infusing are taught. Therapists are also taught standard hand placements.
What to Expect During a Reiki Sessions
During typical Reiki sessions, practitioners transfer energy from their palms onto their patients for a variety of ailments. Because of this, it is sometimes called palm or hands-on healing. Patients often report positive effects in conditions and emotional well-being after sessions. Reiki healers are trained to sense where energy around a patient’s body may be blocked due to physical or emotional trauma. It is thought that these energy blocks can build on each other and contribute to a variety of illnesses.
Therapy sessions are usually 60 to 90 minutes long, though they can be as short as 15 minutes. Like other types of healings, a client may choose to come in for single or multiple sessions. The healer will usually talk beforehand with a patient to get a clear idea of their goals and concerns. A patient may also request a hands-off session, where the practitioner holds their hands slightly above the body without touching it directly. A practitioner will also take this hands-off approach if they are dealing with a sensitive or wounded area, such as a burn.
Patients wear loose-fitting clothing and often take off their shoes. A session can begin at their head or at their feet. There are more than 20 positions over the body that hands may be placed. Using different positions, the therapist places their hands in each zone for a few minutes while energy is worked. Some patients report feeling warmth during this transfer, while others report a cooling sensation.
Because energy can be transferred over great distances, it is possible to conduct Reiki sessions without being physically present. In most cases, a patient is able to visit a peaceful setting where a practitioner has a comfortable chair or massage table. While Reiki has standardized hand placements and movements, healers are able to make their own choices when it comes to additional things like the use of music, Chakra wands, or crystals to amplify their sessions.
The Benefits of Reiki
The most common cited benefit of Reiki is the feeling of ease and relaxation that patients report feeling after sessions. Many have even reported a significant boost in positivity after repeated Reiki sessions. Because this type of energy puts the body into a more relaxed state, Reiki can be useful for many health benefits. Several scientific studies have found that Reiki is as effective as a placebo in reducing stress and anxiety, and even in improving sleep patterns.
No matter why you wish to have a Reiki session however, it is highly recommended that a medical professional be consulted beforehand.
Finding a Healthy Balance
It can be difficult to reach a healthy energy balance on your own. Reiki can help you feel more aligned and release negative energy that you may harboring. By making the conscious decision to heal with a Reiki session, you are already manifesting the path to a better you.
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