Many ancient cultures embraced the belief that life energy flows through the body, deeply affecting our entire being. Current research strongly suggests that energy does extend throughout and beyond the physical body, and that disruptions or imbalances in its flow correlate to physical, mental, and emotional illness. The healing art of Reiki (pronounced RAY-key) addresses these imbalances to support your good health and well-being.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese word meaning universal life energy. It is a gentle method of hands-on healing that taps into the energy referred to as ki in Japan, chi in China, and prana in India. The practice of Reiki is based on the teachings of Mikao Usui, who practiced and taught healing techniques in early twentieth century Japan.
Reiki is not massage, hypnosis, or a tool for diagnosing illness. Reiki is a technique that addresses both chronic and acute conditions, gently and powerfully promoting balance among all the body’s systems and the regenerative processes of body and mind. It is deeply relaxing and is a great modality for people who have an aversion to needles, but still would like to receive the benefits of acupuncture.
What Reiki can mean for you.
Reiki can alleviate pain and stress, and promote restful sleep, healing, and relaxation. Relaxation in itself promotes a host of benefits for the mind and body including a heightened sense of well-being, release of painful muscle tension, and relief from anxiety and depression. In addition, relaxation has been shown to help restore immune function and improve circulation, enhancing healing throughout your body.
Reiki is not only healthful, but also pleasurable. One of its greatest benefits may be the opportunity to let go and enjoy the experience of being nurtured and cared for.
What is a Reiki session like?
To receive Reiki, you will lie on the table fully clothed, so wear comfortable clothing. Little or no pressure is applied and essential oils are used upon request. The technique is so adaptable that you can receive it in almost any setting, in a chair or hospital bed, and through casts and bandages.
Still and focused, the practitioner will place their hands on or above your head, shoulders, back, chest, stomach, and limbs. Practitioners routinely follow a series of hand positions, but can place their hands anywhere needed, for example, over an injury or other area of discomfort. The teachings say that universal energy flows, not from the practitioner but rather through the practitioner, to you. You will receive the amount of energy you need to bring your mind and body into balance.
Though Reiki techniques appear simple, the effects can feel profound. Most people experience deep relaxation. You may also feel tingling, pulsing, or a feeling of warmth and comfort. Reiki is so relaxing that most people sleep during their treatment.
Results can be subtle. Some recipients say they feel little during the session, but afterwards enjoy a sense of calm and well-being, and a deep, restful sleep.
Reiki in health care
Used by a rapidly growing number of hospitals all over the world. Reiki complements medical treatment, psychological counseling, and massage therapy. Reiki is appropriate for patients in any state of health and is easily practiced in all hospital environments from outpatient clinic to intensive care.
Reiki is gentle enough to offer support and reduce the discomforts of pregnant women and can help ease the pain of childbirth. Hospitals, such as the Tucson Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Pennsylvania’s St. Mary Medical Center have Reiki practitioners available to a range of patients, including those with cancer or recovering from surgery. Reiki is especially appreciated in hospice care due to its ability to alleviate pain and anxiety for both patient and family members.
Studies of Reiki show significant reduction of pain, including cancer pain, following treatment. Patients also report increased feelings of relaxation and a sense of well-being. One study cited improvement in immune and nervous system function and increase mobility in patients with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, and fibromyalgia. At Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire, surgical patients decreased their use of pain medications, stayed for shorter periods, and reported increase satisfaction with pre- and postsurgical Reiki sessions.
$110 – Reiki Session – 90 minutes