What is Reiki, and what are its benefits?
More than one type of Reiki exists. I’ve been trained in Usui Reiki Ryoho, so that’s what I’m writing about here. Usui Reiki is a practice of Japanese origin that was developed by Mikao Usui in the 1920s and brought to the United States by a student of his, Hawayo Takata, in the 1930s.
During a Reiki session with me, you’ll usually lie fully clothed on a massage table or other comfortable surface, and I’ll lightly place my hands on (or above — it’s your choice) parts of your head and body. (Visit my FAQs page for a more detailed description of a Reiki session with me.)
Reiki encourages your natural healing response by gently restoring balance to your entire system — mind, body and spirit. But what does that really mean? Let me give you some examples:
If you’re feeling stuck or confused, you might gain more clarity, flow, and motivation. If you’re anxious and tense, you might begin to feel more calm and relaxed. If you’re tired and drained, you might feel more energetic or refreshed. If you have a painful knot in a muscle, it might loosen. If you’re having a conflict with someone, you might find that it’s easier to let go of anger and empathize with them.
Note that I used the word might. These are just examples, and Reiki practitioners cannot guarantee any outcomes because we’re not actually doing the healing ourselves. We’re just trained to help facilitate your innate ability to heal (and our own, as well). All you have to do is show up and be open to healing. Pretty cool, right?
Because our Reiki experiences are based on what we as individuals need at the time, they can be completely different or very similar to those of other people. You may even find that your own experience differs from session to session. Usually, though, you’ll leave with a better sense of well being. At the very least, you’ll have some “me time."
Reiki, Science, and Medicine
Reiki is not a science, a conventional medical treatment or a substitute for the care of a doctor or therapist. The scientific method doesn’t apply to Reiki. However, because it helps strengthen our natural ability to heal and benefits our whole system, it can be complementary to treatment for a number of issues, including:
High Blood Pressure
ADD and ADHD
HIV and AIDS
Are you skeptical or simply want to know more about Reiki? Visit my FAQs page to get some answers to frequently asked questions. Don’t be afraid to submit a question or contact me if you don’t see yours there.