Have you ever wondered what Reiki is? Between 65 and 80% of healthcare around the world is described as “alternative medicine” by the World Health Organization. Reiki is one of these alternative therapies. In simple terms, more people use alternative therapies than conventional medicine.
What does a Reiki practitioner do? Read on for your beginner guide to Reiki healing.
What Is Reiki?
Reiki was developed as a healing therapy by Mikao Usui in 1922. He was a Japanese Buddhist. His teachings included meditation.
In eastern medicines, “ki”, “qi” or “chi” is the life force or energy. “Rei” means universal. So, this therapy involves the use of a universal energy force.
The principle behind Reiki is that there are energy centers around the body. In a healthy state, energy flows freely around the body. When the body is in an unhealthy state, this energy is blocked.
The practitioner helps channel universal energy to support healing in the body. When this natural healing process takes place the energy centers are balanced or restored. The result is relaxation and healing.
What Does a Reiki Practitioner Do?
Different practitioners will run a healing session differently. Most will engage their client in a wide-ranging discussion before administering any treatment.
The consultation builds a rapport with the client during this discussion. There is a partnership developed between Reiki practitioner and client so that both participate in the healing.
Following the consultation, the client usually lies on a table. The practitioner then invokes the universal force and the clients own self-healing force. Through a series of hand movements on or above the body, the practitioner works with the energy flows.
The experience can feel like a tingling, warmth or relaxation. Some people have positive sensations. Others are so relaxed that they sleep.
What Are the Benefits of Reiki?
There are many claims for the beneficial effects of Reiki. Some claim benefits for depression, others for pain management.
There are few high-quality studies that are large enough to be conclusive. Large-scale studies are very expensive to administer and they do not have the backing of profit orientated drug companies.
Reiki can be a means of developing a meditative state. The benefits of meditation are more thoroughly researched and are clear. The ability to concentrate, improve self-control and understand one’s own and others feelings have been demonstrated.
Is Reiki Healing for You?
If you are open to the possibility that there are alternatives to conventional western medicine then Reiki healing may be worth considering. Perhaps you’ve experienced the sensation of energy flows when practicing yoga or Tai Chi? You may also have some experience in meditation.
These experiences all provide some insight into the potential benefits of Reiki. Reiki is about bringing harmony and balance into your body. It appeals to people who are seeking inner peace and healing.