There is an increasing interest in Reiki as an alternative form of medical treatment due to its non-invasive approach to healing. It is beneficial for stress reduction, relaxation and as a way to increase the body’s immune system.
But what exactly is Reiki Healing (also known as “energy healing”) and where did it come from?
The beginning of Reiki
Reiki healing, though a new phenomenon in the West, was developed in Japan by Mikao Usui in 1922. Whilst in meditation, Mikao came up with the concept that through attuning the body’s “life force energy”, one can attain healing and stress reduction.
The word “Reiki” is a construct of two Japanese words:
Rei which means “soul, spirit”
Ki which means “life energy, life force”
Therefore Reiki can mean “The life force or life energy of spirit”.
It is said that if one has a low level of life energy, then this will lead to stress, depression and sickness. Whereas those who have a high level of life energy experience happiness and great health.
Mikao Usui suggested that Reiki follows the ideals of adding spiritual balance to one’s life and that the healing of the spirit comes through self-improvement. Therefore there is an emphasis that to get the maximum benefit of Reiki requires one to be dedicated to the path of personal improvement.
How does Reiki Healing work?
Reiki Healing works through the transference of energy from the Reiki practitioner to the recipient. The transferal of energy is done through the hands (sometimes the Reiki practitioner may lightly touch the recipient).
There are twelve areas where the Reiki healer may focus on when performing a full-body treatment:
● 4 placements on the head
● 4 placements on the front of the body
● 4 areas on the back of the body
Typically the focus on each area lasts no longer than five minutes whilst the energy is spread over the recipient’s entire body. If the Reiki healer senses an energy blockage, they may spend more time focusing energy healing on that area where the blockage occurs.
The sensations that you may feel whilst having a Reiki treatment range from feelings of heat, warmth, cold, or a subtle transfer of energy. Sometimes the energy can change in speed of transference (which is to be expected as there may be areas in your body where the energy is flowing more freely than other areas).
Feelings that may be experienced by both the Reiki healer and the recipient can be:
● Pins and needles
● A buzzing or vibration on the area that is being focused on
● A throbbing
Sometimes there may be gentle, meditative music that is played in the background while you are receiving the treatment. This aids in helping you relax.
Why should you have Reiki healing
Reiki healing has been shown to reduce stress and therefore improve your body’s immune system. This means that you are less susceptible to sickness and illness.
Also, it helps in your emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.
On a more physical level, Reiki treatment can help with symptoms of asthma, sciatica, chronic fatigue and insomnia.
Reiki healing is a holistic approach in that it treatment that focuses on the body, emotions, mind and spirit. Even though some label Reiki healing as a pseudo science, more and more hospitals are offering it as an alternative means of recovery and treatment for patients.
Infusing energy into object around you
Though Reiki is seen more as a way of dealing with the individual, sometimes Reiki practitioners may generate excess energy whilst delivering treatment. This extra energy doesn’t need to go to waste.
The objects around your home can be used to absorb the energy that would otherwise be recycled back into the universe. Infusing your pillow with the energy will ensure that you get a great night’s sleep.
Giving your clothes and jewellery a Reiki boost will ensure that you feel more peaceful and centred when you head out for the day.
If you are taking medication, then filling your medication with Reiki energy will enhance the natural healing of the medication.
To give your house a more harmonious and peaceful feel you can inject some Reiki energy into the furnishings and objects around your house.
Reiki will endow anything with a dose of healing, positivity and protective energy, so if you feel there is something that is out of alignment within your environment, then an infusion of Reiki will restore the balance and remove any negative energy.
Time for a Reiki session?
If you feel like you are drained of energy, that each day you feel your “life force” being sucked out of you, then a Reiki treatment can help you restore that vitality. The relaxing environment and gentle healing of Reiki will help you destress.
With the Reiki healer detecting any energy blockages and restoring the flow of energy will lead to emotional, mental and bodily healing. So, if you feel “out of sorts”, book a Reiki treatment.
Your spirit, mind and body will thank you for it!