“The natural healing force in each one of us is the greatest force in getting well” - Hippocrates.
What is Reiki and how does it work?
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."
What is a Reiki treatment like?
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion.
How does the energy flow?
In a standard treatment Reiki energy flow from the practitioner’s hands into the client.
The client can be laying on a massage table or while the client is seated or even standing. The client remains fully clothed. The practitioner places their hands near the client’s body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, and feet. Other, more specific positions may be used based on the client’s needs. Each position is held for three to five minutes depending on how much Reiki the client needs at each position.
What is distant Reiki about?
If a Reiki practitioner is unavailable near you, “distance Reiki” can be performed. This makes Reiki accessible to many more people and it is also less costly. However, people wonder how Reiki could even be possible using these methods when Reiki is usually thought of as an in-person “hands-on therapy.”
Distance Reiki is sometimes referred to as “absentee Reiki” or “absent reiki” because the Reiki practitioner performing Reiki therapy is not in the same room as the person receiving Reiki therapy. In fact, they may even be in a different state or country! The amount of distance between them doesn’t matter at all because we are all connected through the same energy and a distance Reiki practitioner will know how to tap into one’s energy fields from a great distance away.
In practice, the Reiki practitioner and the recipient will usually connect via phone or by video over the internet. In some cases, the recipient will send a photo of himself or herself, along with other personal information, such as why they seek Reiki therapy, via email. This can help the Reiki practitioner zero in on the recipient and understand what they need from the Reiki therapy, so they send the right kind of healing energy to them.
Does distance Reiki have to be 'live' ?
No, the distance Reiki can take place while the practitioner and the recipient are on the phone or video together. However, oftentimes, the Reiki practitioner will first talk with the recipient and then schedule a precise time for the therapy to take place. This way, the recipient can get into a relaxed position, such as laying on the bed or couch and be sure to be in a receptive mode at that precise time. Sometimes the Reiki practitioner will call or email to let the recipient know the therapy has been administered, although the recipient often knows by the sensations they feel or sense.
Energy travels everywhere and we’re all connected to each other through it when we know how to tune into it. Distance is not a barrier to the transmission of Reiki energy any more than distance is a barrier to sending short wave radio signals across the sky. A trained and attuned distance Reiki practitioner can transcend space and tie into the energy transmitted by your aura.
People often report the positive effects of distance Reiki. They also feel the same types of sensations in a distance Reiki session as they do with the Reiki practitioner is right in the same room with them. These sensations can include warm waves of energy moving through their body or a pleasant tingling sensation.
How will I know it's working?
What one experiences during a Reiki treatment varies somewhat from person to person, feelings of deep relaxation are usually felt by all. However, not everyone experiences feelings of deep relaxation or other sensations. That doesn't mean treatment is not working. Reiki energy goes were needed most and will continue to work after the treatment.
As the Reiki energy encourages one to let go of all tension, anxiety, fear or other negative feelings a state of peace and well-being is often experienced. Some drift off to sleep or report floating outside their bodies or have visions and other mystical experiences. At the end of the treatment, one generally feels refreshed with a more positive, balanced outlook.
What does Reiki help?
Reiki has had a positive effect on all forms of illness and negative conditions. This includes minor things like head or stomach aches, bee stings, colds, flu, tension and anxiety as well as serious illness like heart disease, cancer, leukemia, etc. The side effects of regular medical treatments have also been reduced or eliminated. This includes the negative effects of chemotherapy, radiation treatment, post-operative pain and depression as well as improving the healing rate and reducing the time needed to stay in the hospital. Stress reduction with some improvement in one’s physical and psychological condition are what most experience. Reiki always helps and works for the highest good of the person.
Can there be side effects from Reiki treatment?
Most of the time a person will feel relaxed and uplifted by a Reiki treatment. However, sometimes a person will have what is called a healing crisis. As a person’s vibration goes up, toxins that have been stored in the body will be released into the blood stream to be filtered by the liver and kidneys and removed from the system. When this happens, sometimes a person can get a headache or stomach ache or feel weak. If this happens, it is a good idea to drink more water, eat lighter meals and get more rest. The body is cleansing as part of the healing process so this is a good sign.
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