what is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is
Japanese for Universal Life Force Energy. Reiki is a light-touch
therapy technique used for stress reduction and relaxation
that promotes healing. If one's "life force energy"
is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress,
and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual
healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It
has been effective in helping virtually every known illness
and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It
also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic
techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
Its use is not dependent on one's intellectual capacity
or spiritual development and therefore is available to
everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands
of people of all ages and backgrounds.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion.
It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe
in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not
dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe
in it or not. While Reiki is not a religion, it is still
important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony
What happens in a Reiki Session?
In a typical whole-body Reiki session, the practitioner
asks the recipient to lie down, usually on a massage table,
and relax. Loose, comfortable clothing is usually worn
during the treatment. The practitioner might take a few
moments to enter a calm or meditative state of mind and
mentally prepare for the treatment, that is usually carried
out without any unnecessary talking.
The treatment proceeds with the practitioner placing his
hands on the recipient in various positions. However,
practitioners may use a non-touching technique, where
the hands are held a few centimeters away from the recipient's
body, for some or all of the positions. The hands are
usually kept still for 3 to 5 minutes before moving to
the next position. Overall, the hand positions usually
give a general coverage of the head, the front and back
of the torso, the knees and feet. Between 12 and 20 positions
are used, with the whole treatment lasting about one hour.
What is experienced during a Reiki
It is reported that the recipient often feels warmth or
tingling in the area being treated, even when a non-touching
approach is being used. A state of deep relaxation, combined
with a general feeling of well-being, is usually the most
noticeable immediate effect of the treatment, although
emotional releases can also occur. As the Reiki treatment
is said to be stimulating natural healing processes, instantaneous
"cures" of specific health problems are not
usually observed. A series of three or more treatments,
typically at intervals of 1 to 7 days, is usually recommended
if a chronic condition is being addressed. Regular treatments,
on an on-going basis, can be used with the aim of maintaining
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.
Reiki healing can be given anywhere at any time as no
special equipment is needed. The practitioner is a channel
which the energy is drawn through by the need or imbalance
in the recipient. Neither person has to use any effort
of will or concentration during this process.
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