Reiki: The Practice of Using Spiritual Energy to Heal

Reiki is an ancient Japanese practice that uses spiritual energy and the “life force” to promote healing. Often called “laying on of hands,” Reiki relies on the energy force that is believed to exit the body from the hands from the practitioner. During treatment, the patient is asked to relax and lie calmly while the practitioner places their hands on the area of the body that needs to be healed. Breathing and meditation exercises are common companions of Reiki.

Reiki was developed in 1922 by Mikao Usui. After returning from a 21 day spiritual journey that involved meditation, fasting and prayer, Usui claimed that he had been given the ability to understand and teach the spiritual healing power that came to be known as Reiki. Usui taught more than 2,000 students the practice of Reiki.

Usui also used a summarization of Emporor Meiji’s literary works and adopted the following 5 principles into Reiki. These principles are still used today and many modern practitioners strive to follow them.

•    The secret method of inviting good fortune.
•    The marvelous medicine for all sickness.
•    Just for today: do not be angry, do not worry, be grateful, work with integrity and be kind to others.
•    Every morning and every night, sit with hands held palm to palm and speak these words out loud in your heart.
•    For the evolution of body and soul, Usui Reiki Ryoho.

Reiki in the Modern Era

Today, Reiki is widely practiced. While many question the effectiveness of Reiki, there are no side effects involved. Therefore, it is generally viewed as a beneficial treatment. There are two main types of Reiki treatments: whole body treatment and localized treatment. Following is an overview of each:

•    Whole Body Treatment – The whole body treatment lasts about 1 to 1 ½ hours. The patient is asked to lie quietly while the practitioner moves their hands over various parts of the body. The hands are placed on the body or a few centimeters above the body and then held for several minutes before moving onto the next location. A series of three to four treatments is usually recommended.
•    Localized Reiki Treatment – The localized treatment only takes about 20 minutes. In this treatment, the hands are held over a specific part of the body and held for the duration of the treatment. This type of treatment is particularly popular in cases of injury or localized pain.

Additionally, both types of Reiki treatments can be used in conjunction with each other. It is not uncommon for a whole body treatment to be followed up with a localized treatment.

Many Reiki patients claim to feel a warm, tingling sensation after being treated. A general sense of well being is also reported. Reiki has also been proven to be beneficial in treating the following: tension, stress, muscle aches and pains. Reiki is also a great relaxation technique.

As with other alternative remedies, Reiki is a great addition to other types of medical treatments. There are no side effects associated with Reiki and it does not interfere with other types of medications and treatments. Therefore, it is a popular secondary treatment option.




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