Reiki is a form of energy medicine. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese words “Rei” (spiritual) and “ki” (energy). Literal translation of “Reiki” means “spiritual life force.” While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion.
The Usui system of healing includes Reiki energy healing. The Usui system of healing is named after the Buddhist Monk, Mikao Usui, who developed it in the 20th century. The Reiki technique uses the basis of qi (life force or energy flow) in its therapies to harness the positive energy of the practitioner to pass it on to the client so their body can harness their own power of self-healing. Massage can be incorporated into Reiki therapy and many massage therapists receive training to combine the two practices to promote spiritual and physical well-being.
A typical Reiki session will begin at the head and the therapist will cover the seven chakras or energy centers of the body.
The 7 Major Chakras are:
Third eye chakra
Solar plexus chakra
Reiki massage would be very different for someone expecting a traditional massage that involves kneading and muscle work. A massage without muscle work may not seem like a massage to you so let’s take a look at what the benefits of Reiki massage offers to clients.
Benefits of Reiki
TMJ (sometimes called lock-jaw)
Muscle pain, tension
Stress and injury healing
Speeds-up healing process from wounds, surgery and traumas
Strengthens immune system
Improves sleep and memory
Promotes peace and calmness
Reiki therapists are taught meditation and hand placements for the seven areas of the body. Reiki therapists transfer energy to the body in the process removing negative energy – treatment for different conditions or concerns may be fast or occur over a period of time. This is true of any type of therapy as severe conditions may require extensive treatments to obtain maximum benefits.
What to expect at a Reiki session:
The Reiki practitioner instructs the recipient to lie down, usually on a massage table, and relax.
Loose, comfortable clothing is usually worn during the treatment.
The practitioner might take a few moments to enter a calm or meditative state of mind and mentally prepare for the treatment that is usually carried out without any unnecessary talking.
The treatment proceeds with the practitioner placing the hands on the recipient in various positions.
However, practitioners may use a non-touching technique, where the hands are held a few inches away from the recipient’s body for some or all of the positions.
The hands are usually kept in a position for three to five minutes before moving to the next position. Overall, the hand positions usually give a general coverage of the head, the front and back of the torso, the knees, and feet. Between 12 and 20 positions are used, with the whole treatment lasting anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes
It is reported that the recipient often feels warmth or tingling in the area being treated, even when a non-touching approach is being used. A state of deep relaxation, combined with a general feeling of well-being, is usually the most noticeable immediate effect of the treatment, although emotional releases can also occur. Due to the no touch technique, the client should not experience any ill side effect.
As the Reiki treatment is said to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes, instantaneous “cures” of specific health problems are not normally observed. A series of three or more treatments, typically at intervals of one to seven days, is usually recommended if a chronic condition is being addressed.