Reiki was originally a Japanese technique to promote healing, stress reduction and relaxation. Reiki originated in Tibet over 2,500 years ago. Dr. Mikao Usui, from Japan, introduced reiki to Westerners in the late 1800s after he rediscovered this ancient healing technique himself.
What is Reiki – in a nutshell?
Reiki is an energy healing technique often used to promote healing, stress reduction and relaxation. The word reiki translates simply as “life force energy”. Therefore a reiki practitioner or reiki master uses their hands either directly on the body to channel life force energy to promote healing.
There is no manipulation of the body (such as in massage). A client typically lays down, fully clothed (except for shoes) to receive a reiki session.
The practitioner or master channels reiki energy through their hands and into the client’s body. The practitioner’s hands typically feel very hot and soothing while reiki is being channeled but can feel cold, as well.
Reiki is considered intelligent energy. It knows where it needs to go to help promote healing in the body, mind and spirit!
Reiki works with energy, correct? Does it effect subtle energy layers only?
Reiki works on many different levels; energetic, physical, emotional, spiritual. It’s all connected.
Talk to us a little bit about why working on our ‘energy’ matters. The idea with Reiki is that these finer energies can ‘trickle down’ to effect our physical layers…
Everything is energy. Everything. When your energy vibrates at a higher frequency you attract things and people at that higher level. When your energy is vibrating at a lower frequency you attract things at a lower level. You know that old saying, “When it rains it pours!” Negative experiences occur more often when we are stressed out or in a bad mood. Your energy vibration changes to a lower level and suddenly more negativity follows.
It’s the same with physical injuries or trauma in the body. I’ve also had clients who experience profound life changes after learning Reiki with little conscious effort, which is one possible outcome when shifting your energy for the higher good.
Who is Reiki for and who can benefit most from learning Reiki?
Anyone and everyone can benefit from Reiki. I’ve had a wide range of people come to me to Learn Reiki from house wives, busy professionals to doctors, nurses and business executives.
I’ve had people say, “Well, it probably helps if you believe in it, right?” and my answer is “No.” I’ve had people in my classes who ended up having major life changes within days and a few weeks.
Reiki can help with stress, anxiety, depression, behavioral problems with children, pre- and post-surgery, feeling “stuck” in your life, concussions, migraines, broken bones, any trauma to the body, sexual abuse, menstrual issues, hospice, and even undiagnosed problems.
The list is virtually endless. The human body is amazing
Reiki is all about giving the body the support it needs to heal itself.
Does reiki involve ongoing treatment or is it more often a one-time therapy?
It really depends on each individual person.
In most situations, I recommend that clients come in for one session to see if they resonate with the work. After this we assess what level of ongoing support is needed. Some people are really in touch with their energetic body. They can sense when they need to come in for a tune-up. I leave it up to them to determine the right timing.
An experienced Reiki practitioner should be able to gauge what is best in each individual situation.
Talk to us a little bit about chakras and how they’re involved or related to this:
Each chakra represents a different emotion, a physical part of the body, a color, a sound, etc. When a chakra is out of balance for a long period of time the imbalance will manifest on a physical and /or emotional level.
Let’s take the root chakra, for instance. The root chakra is located at the very base of the spine. It relates to security, money, relationships, family, home, etc. When this chakra is out of balance for a period of time, one may experience symptoms such as lower back pain, hip, knee or ankle problems, falling, breaking a bone and concussions. Or emotional and/or financial insecurity or ‘imbalance’ …
I’ve developed a Chakra-Balancing self treatment for all my Reiki students and recommend using it every day – it makes a huge contribution to my students’ everyday emotional and physical well-being especially when done for 10+ minutes every morning.
Reiki helps immensely with balancing the entire chakra system.
What’s on your reading list for reader who want to learn more?
There are many books you can read about Reiki and I’ve put together a list of Reiki books, music and websites HERE.
Ultimately, the best way to learn more about Reiki is to simply experience it!