WHAT IS REIKI?
Reiki is a form of hands-on healing that promotes stress reduction and relaxation and helps create balance and healing. Reiki is an ancient Japanese technique that treats the person as a whole, including the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Reiki assists the body in its efforts to maintain homeostasis (or the body’s natural ability to heal itself), resulting in deep relaxation, a feeling of well being and a shift toward physical health.
Reiki can be used to support the healing process of any illness or emotional problem and to increase general wellness. It is a safe, painless, non-invasive practice that doesn’t interfere with any medical treatment and can be combined with other healing techniques and/or enhances medical procedures and treatments. Reiki is delivered via a simple hands-on method that can be learned by anyone. Once you are attuned to Reiki and learn the technique, you can use it on yourself and others.
The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words: “Rei” which means Higher Power, and “Ki” which means Life Force Energy. Reiki is a group of rays of the unlimited universal life-force energy that makes all living things alive. Reiki is not a religion. It holds no doctrine or creed and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use it.
HOW DOES REIKI WORK?
Life force flows within the physical body though the chakras or energy centers. Life force nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. When this flow of life force is disrupted, it causes diminished function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body.
The life force is responsive to thoughts and feelings. It becomes disrupted when we accept, either consciously or unconsciously, negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves. These negative thoughts and feelings attach themselves to the energy field and cause a disruption in the flow of life force. This diminishes the vital function of the organs and cells of the physical body.
Also, childhood traumas, cultural conditioning, limited belief systems, restrictive or exhausting habits, and physical and emotional injuries contribute to chakra blockage causing disharmony on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Difficulties abound in life, and for each one, we develop a coping strategy. When difficulties persist, these coping strategies become patterns, anchored in the body and psyche as defense structures. Eventually these defenses create holding patterns in our musculature that restrict the free flow of energy, even when real threats cease to exist.
Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In doing so, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way, restoring the body, mind and emotions to wholeness.
REIKI TO BALANCE THE CHAKRAS
A Chakra is a center of activity that receives, assimilates, and expresses life force energy. Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheel of light”, referring to the energy centers of the body. There are seven chakras stacked in a column of energy that spans from the base of the spine to the top of the head (see figure bellow). When the chakras are balanced and healthy, they draw energy up through the body from the chakra below and into the body from the environment. When the chakra is out of balance, the chakra and therefore the body are drained of energy; causing disharmony on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. You could think of it as a leak in the plumbing system of your house which causes greatly reduced water pressure everywhere else.
Reiki can help clear out and balance the chakras. The Chakra Alignment Technique is used to restore balance in the chakra system in order to promote a healthier and happier lifestyle and overall health. By using this technique, we can influence our chakras, our health and our lives for the better.
What is a Reiki Treatment Like?
When receiving Reiki, the recipient lies fully clothed on a treatment table while the practitioner rests his/her hands on a series of places: on the head, both sides of torso, and the limbs as needed. A full treatment is typically 60 minutes. There are twelve hand positions, and about five minutes is spent in each one but the treatment protocol is very flexible and can be abbreviated to fit any care setting, such as chemotherapy or surgery. In acute situations, even a few minutes of Reiki can be supportive to patients.
During a treatment, a minimum of talking or conversation is desirable. Soft soothing music is usually played. Reiki can also be modified to be performed while the patient is seated, lying in bed or standing. It can even be practiced on unconscious recipients in a hospital. The benefits of Reiki treatment can be dramatic when used on patients awaiting emergency medical treatment. Reiki is sometimes administered to people who are passing away, with the goal of instilling a sense of peace.
BENEFITS OF THE REIKI TREATMENTS
Each person’s path of healing and experience is unique, and the benefits that people attribute to their Reiki treatment are varied. Besides the immediate feeling of profound relaxation, the following benefits are commonly reported:
- improvements in sleep and digestion
- effective pain management
- reduction of side effects of medications and invasive medical treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy
- more comfortable breathing
- clearer thinking
- support in recovery from addictions
- enhancement of self-esteem
- greater self-acceptance and self-awareness
- increased satisfaction in relationships
- sense of spiritual connectedness