Reiki is a form of alternative medicine developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist MikaoUsui. Since originating in Japan, Reiki has been adapted into varying cultural traditions across the world. Reiki practitioners use a technique they call palm healing or hands-on healing by which a "universal energy" is transferred through the palms of the practitioner to a patient to heal and balance the subtle energies within the patient’s body. Reiki addresses physical, emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances. This healing art is an effective delivery system. The Reiki practitioner serves as a vessel that supplies healing energies where they are most needed by the recipient. Reiki is considered pseudoscience. It is based on qi ("chi"), which practitioners say is a universal life force.
You will be asked to lay down on a massage table, couch, or bed.You will be fully clothed except for your shoes. You may also be asked to remove or loosen your belt so that your breathing is not restricted in any way. It is best to choose loose-fitting garments to wear on the day of your appointment.
Wearing natural fabrics is best (cotton, wool, or linen). You may also be asked to remove any jewelry (rings, bracelets, pendants, etc.) prior to the session, so consider leaving these items at home.
Do I have to necessarily lie down during a Reiki Seession?
No, a Reiki session can easily be done while you are seated
What can Reiki help me with?
Reiki can help you heal physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Whether you’re dealing with troublesome body pains, stress in life or work, emotional overwhelm from difficult situations, or a spiritual crisis, Reiki is the perfect gentle tool to help you through it. The more serious your condition, the more treatment sessions may be needed. You should also be sure to consult a medical doctor in addition to your Reiki treatment in cases of severe physical, mental, or emotional issues. Reiki is a complementary healing modality, and is not intended to replace medical treatment, though it works beautifully alongside it!
How does it fit in with modern medicine?
Reiki is considered to be a complementary healing modality, working in tandem with traditional medical practices. In-house Reiki programs are currently offered at hospitals all over the world—such as The Cleveland Clinic, the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Care Center, and Yale New Haven Hospital—where it is used to support a variety of patients in their treatment processes. Research on the effects of Reiki treatment is ongoing. The Center for Reiki Research provides information on published studies and a listing of hospitals offering Reiki.
Can children benefit from Reiki treatment?
Yes and yes! Children enjoy Reiki and benefit from its healing properties just as much as adults do. Children can also be attuned to Reiki, allowing them to access it whenever they’d like. The needs of younger Reiki students are best served in a class with others of a similar age. I can highly recommend a local Reiki colleague who specializes in teaching Reiki for children. Please contact me if you’d like my colleague’s contact information.
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