Reduce Stress and Promote Relaxation and Healing Naturally with Reiki.
What is Reiki? Well, Reiki isn't your traditional and seemingly "common sense" sort of healing technique. Reiki is a technique used by the Japanese that involves what is called "laying on hands" and centers on the idea of a "life force energy" that is unseen and exists in all of us. People that are ill or stressed out have low "life force energy" while those of us that are healthy and happy have high "life force energy." So perhaps you feel Reiki is a little out there? Well, many have reported marked improvements from a Reiki session and are singing the praises.
What is Reiki?
Reiki was developed during 1922 by Buddhist Mikao Usui and has been used by many teachers of different traditions. The Japanese word Reiki is comprised of two words: "Rei," which translates into "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and "Ki" which is known as "life force energy." In essence, Reiki means "spiritually guided life force energy." Practitioners of Reiki are transferring what is called "universal energy" through the palms of their hands that empower the person to heal and regain balance.
Reiki is used for all illnesses and is reported to always help in some way. The practice is also used as a supplemental healing method when it comes to relieving side effects of medications and facilitating recovery.
Reiki is not a religion, yet, it is what you would call a spiritual way of healing. There is nothing the afflicted need to believe in order to be helped by Reiki, whether a receiver of the practice or an aspiring teacher. If anything, many report that the practice brings them closer to their religious beliefs.
- The belief of the Reiki practice is that we all have a life force that flows through us. And that life force travels throughout our physicality on pathways otherwise known as "chakras, nadis and meridians." In addition, the life force is present in fields of energy we possess called auras. When this force is interrupted or mixed up (when we become ill and anxious), optimum organ function is halted and disrupted.
What to Expect During a Reiki Treatment
You will be instructed to lie down with loose-fitting clothing on a massage table. The Reiki practitioner will then place hands a few inches above different parts of your body. The hands will usually hold the same position over a body part for a few minutes to five minutes before moving on to another position or part of the body. Some practitioners have 12 set hand positions that they will perform, while others simply use intuition to see where it is in your body that you need help. You can expect to be in a Reiki session for anywhere from 45-90 minutes.
Many participants report a warm, tingling feeling where the hand is lingering, even though there is no touch. Practitioners also do Reiki on isolated areas due to an injury and may see you three or more times depending on the ailment. Appointments are usually recommended during one to four weeks.
A Midwesterner's View on Reiki
As someone who grew up in the Midwest but now lives in the Southwest, this concept was completely new to me and honestly, still seems a bit bizarre. But I have several wonderful friends that are practitioners and in an attempt to be open-minded, I think i will try it.
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