What is Reiki?

While most of us have heard of Reiki, we are likely to be lost for words if anyone asked us to explain it. This could be because Reiki is a spiritual practice that is different to the western traditions of therapy and massage we are used to see. But this doesn’t mean that it is not a worthwhile or effective type of therapy. Like any other form of healing, we need to explore the aim of Reiki and appreciate that its technique may be the best option for some people or maybe less so for others.


The Technique

Palm healing is commonly used where the practitioner transfers universal energy, in other words Reiki, to the patient, without massage or manipulation. This energy comes from the energy of the world that is present in all living things. This means that the therapist helps the patient to self heal by concentrating and passing on energy to parts of the body that need to be returned to a state of equilibrium. Misbalance could occur in the body if the person is feeling unwell either physically, mentally or emotionally. The aim is for this treatment to contribute to an overall feeling of well being.

The Learning Process

It is great news for any aspiring practitioner that Reiki is not dependent on prior experience. The practice is administered and taught by teachers, sometimes known as Reiki masters, who have received the tradition in person from master to student.

Forms of Reiki

Although we use the term ‘Reiki’ to describe the practice more broadly, there are actually different types of Reiki. For example, some forms of Reiki use targeted hand-placements while others rely on intuition for hand positions. This is also why people experience Reiki differently, depending also on their state of well-being.

Benefits of Reiki

While most medical centres do not find scientific evidence of Reiki’s influences, its form of treatment can be used beneficially, either alongside other conventional treatment or on its own, to provide emotional support during recovery. A great benefit of Reiki is that it aims to treat the whole person including body, mind and spirit. The energy passed from practitioner to patient is meant to encourage relief from tension, fear, anxiety and negativity. That is why it is not surprising that reported benefits include a sense of stress reduction, heightened relaxation and calmness which contribute to greater energy levels and an overall sense of balance and peace. As such Reiki can be helpful to those suffering from a spectrum of physical or mental ailments.

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While Reiki does not claim to provide scientific miracles, it is important to approach the practice with an open heart and mind to allow for the energies of the practitioner to work its effects. With this attitude the potential for Reiki to help and provide healing will be far greater!

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