What is Reiki?
Reiki is an ancient Japanese technique used to promote stress reduction, healing, relaxation, and feelings of inner peace. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese words “Rei” meaning universal, and “Ki” meaning life energy. While it is thought that Reiki has always existed, the system of Reiki was brought into modern consciousness by Dr. Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 1900’s and later brought to the West by Mrs. Hawayo Takata around 1938.
How does it work?
Energy, or Ki, is all around us and is present in all living things. Free flowing Ki is what creates good health and harmony, as it nourishes and invigorates the body, organs, tissues, and chakras. However, when Ki is disrupted, disharmony and illness occur in the body. Reiki treatments allow the body and chakras to release energy blockages and permit Ki to flow naturally again, thereby allowing the body to return to a healthy, balanced state.
What Can Reiki Be Used For?
Reiki can aid in the relief of:
- Headaches and migraines
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Menopausal symptoms
- Skin conditions
- Labor pain
- ADD/ADHD symptoms
Reiki can also be used in concert with medical treatment, as it tends to decrease the severity of symptoms and side effects. Some hospitals have caught on to this, and have begun to offer Reiki as part of their integrative medicine programs. Cancer patients often report being able to more successfully manage their pain levels with the help of Reiki treatments. See my article “Reiki In a Hospital Setting“, published by Living Well Magazine.
Is Reiki a Religion?
Reiki is not a religion. One does not need to ascribe to any particular religion or belief system in order for Reiki to work or for the benefits to be felt. Reiki comes from God and is pure, loving light.
What is a Session Like?
An in-person session begins with a brief chat about the client’s desire for a Reiki session and what goals he/she would like to accomplish. Afterward, the client lies down on the treatment table, fully clothed. The practitioner then begins by scanning the body to determine any energetic disruptions or blockages that may be present. A “spot treatment” of these areas then occurs, in which the practitioner places hands over the area to be treated and directs Reiki to it. This can be done with either light touch or with hands hovering over the area, depending on the client’s comfort level. After the scanning and spot treatment is complete, a head-to-toe treatment in conducted, providing Reiki to various areas along the body. At the conclusion of the session, the practitioner and client will debrief.
For a distant Reiki session, the practitioner taps into the client’s energy and directs Reiki energy to that person. The same scanning and head to-toe-treatment occurs as in person. Since Reiki is energy which cannot be broken or destroyed, it has the ability to travel over time and space to the client. Once the session is over, the practitioner and client will debrief, as during the in-person session.
What Does Reiki Feel Like?
Reiki can be experienced as any of the following:
- Gentle pulsation
- Feeling of deep peace and relaxation
- Feelings of love and safety
- Feelings of balance and harmony
It is important to note that some individuals do not experience the aforementioned sensations. This is completely normal. Reiki continues to work even in the absence of these sensations.
Reiki sessions are held at our private studio location in Red Hook, NY.
To schedule an appointment, contact Michele at 845-417-1065 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.