Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning universal life energy, an energy which is all around us. The treatment called Reiki was developed in Japan by Dr Mikao Usui, who died in 1926.
What is Reiki treatment?
Most Reiki patients lie down and relax for a treatment, but it can be given while you are in a sitting position. With you as relaxed as possible, the Reiki practitioner places their hands in a number of positions over your body in a set sequence. There is no massage involved and no pressure. The idea is to treat the whole body rather than one specific area.
Like other holistic treatments, Reiki is based on the idea that a life force, or energy, flows through us. The life force is responsive to thoughts and feelings and it can be disrupted when we have negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves. The Reiki practitioner concentrates positive thoughts and directs them into and around your body. In short, positive energy is countering the negative.
Which conditions can Reiki help?
It is possible to heal at any level of being: physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. Acute injuries can be helped to heal very quickly but more chronic illness takes longer. In some cases such as terminal illness, there is not enough time for the progress of the disease to be reversed. However, in such cases there is usually great benefit and enhancement of the quality of life giving a sense of peace and acceptance during the time remaining.
As running water smoothes the jagged edges of a rock until it is small enough to roll away, Reiki flows to the areas of need, soothing pain and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Reiki restores balance in one’s life.