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What is Reiki?

Reiki is a type of energy healing. It comes from the Japanese words “rei” (universal) and “ki” (life energy).”

Energy healing targets the energy fields around the body.

Energy can stagnate in the body where there has been physical injury or possibly emotional pain. In time, these energy blocks can cause illness.

Energy medicine aims to help the flow of energy and remove blocks. Improving the flow of energy around the body, can enable relaxation, reduce pain, speed healing, and reduce other symptoms of illness.

Reiki has been around for thousands of years. It was first developed in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist called Mikao Usui, who reportedly taught 2,000 people the Reiki method during his lifetime. The practice only came to Europe in the1980s. Since then, many variations to this have been developed.

It is commonly referred to as palm healing or hands-on healing.

What happens in a Reiki session?

Reiki is best held in a peaceful setting, but it can be carried out anywhere. The patient will sit in a comfortable chair or lie on a table, fully clothed. There may or may not be music, depending on the patient’s preference.

The practitioner places their hands lightly on or over different or specific areas of the of the body.

If there is a particular injury, the hands may be held just above the wound.

While the practitioner holds their hands lightly on or over the body, the transfer of energy takes place. During this time, the practitioner’s hands may be warm and tingling. Each hand position is held until the practitioner senses that the energy has stopped flowing in that area. When this happens, they will remove their hands and may place them over a different area of the body.

Some Reiki practitioners will use crystals and chakra healing wands, because they find these can enhance healing energy.


Disclaimer: Reiki is a complimentary, relaxation technique. all the information contained above is for information purposes only. It is not recommended as a means of diagnosing or treating any physical or mental illness. Reiki practitioners do not diagnose or prescribe, nor interfere with the treatment of a qualified medical professional. Reiki is complementary to and separate from any other medical services.