Reiki - pronounced Ray-Key - is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy. In Eastern philosophy and medicine, this form of energy is the energy of creation, and it nourishes and sustains life. Everyone has this energy flowing through them to a greater or lesser extent. In times of stress and illness, it becomes restricted or diminished. Reiki balances the body emotionally, physically and spiritually on all levels.
Reiki supports the body to heal itself; cleanses the body of toxins and poisons; loosens any blocked energies and promotes a feeling of deep relaxation.
Reiki is an experience that speaks to our entire being through sensation, feelings and insight.
- "I feel very refreshed and seem to be thinking more clearly."
- "I think I fell asleep."
- "I can't believe how hot your hands got!"
- "I feel more relaxed than even after a massage."
- "My headache is gone."
How does it work?
Reiki is cumulative and even people who don't notice much the first time, usually have progressively deeper experiences if they continue. Besides the immediate experience of the Reiki, you may notice other changes that continue to unfold as the dyay goes on: perhaps stronger digestion, a sense of being more centered and poised and less reactive, and sleeping deeply that night.
Reiki is perfect for use in everyday life. It is a wonderful way to de-stress after a busy day and if used regularly it is a great health maintenance routine. So why not try it?
What it involves
A complete Reiki session is offered to a fully clothed recipient who is lying on a treatment table or sitting comfortably supported in a chair.
Most commonly, Reiki is offered through light, non-invasive touch with the Karen’s hands placed and held on a series of locations on the body. The placement of the hands are never intrusive or inappropriate, nor is there any pressure.
Additional placements on the limbs can be done as needed - for example, if there is an injury or surgical scar. Karen can hold her hands just off the body if needed (for example, in the presence of an open wound or burn).
Each session will be unique, because the body draws through and uses the energy in whatever way it most needs at the time. The energy flows through the therapist's hands to areas in the body that need healing. It is a form of healing, which is non-invasive.
Reiki is suitable for children, pets, the frail, injured or even for someone who has undergone surgery.
People often comment how comforting they find the experience of Reiki to be. A study reported that recipients frequently felt that they are hovering in a threshold state of consciousness, simultaneously aware of their surroundings and deeply indrawn. Some people fall into a deep, sleep like meditative state. Sometimes the experience of Reiki is dramatic, while for other people, the first session in particular may be uneventful, although they feel somehow better afterward. The most common experience is an almost immediate release of stress, a feeling of deep relaxation and peace.