Reiki (pronounced as Ray-Kee) is a light touch holistic alternative energy therapy. It can assist in stress reduction, rest, relaxation, pain management, anxieties and promotes overall physical. mental and emotional healing. It works on the body, mind and spirit by stimulating the person’s own natural healing abilities by tapping into the “Universal Life Force Energy”.
Our bodies are made up of water, muscle, bones and energy centers & fields (Chakras/ Meridians). Each one of these area can become out of sync and needs attention.
When we feel sick and have an infection we seek out the advice of medical doctors, if our muscles are sore and achy, we seek out the assistance of a massage therapist and when our bones are out of adjustment we seek out a chiropractor. With that said, it makes sense that when our energy centers (Chakras/Meridians) are out of sync that we should seek the assistance of a Reiki practitioner or Energy healer to assist in getting our energy fields back into alignment.
Reiki has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. Reiki is truly a complementary care as it complements and enhances the health care the patient receives in the hospital or from other health care providers. Reiki is being used in hospice centers to aid in pain relief of cancer patients and in hospitals to aid patience healing especially after surgery.
Long term practice of whole-body Reiki will restore the general condition of the body. It will open the energy channels and this will allow the body to deal properly and naturally with stress and build-up toxins and cope with anxiety and depression. Reiki can also provide additional energy required to recover from illness.
Benefits of Reiki include but are not limited to:
- Dissolves energy blocks and promotes natural balance between mind, body and spirit;
- Increases energy levels;
- Creates deep relaxation and helps the body release stress and tension;
- Clears the mind and improves focus;
- Accelerates the body’s self-healing ability;
- Aids better sleep;
- Reduces blood pressure;
- Helps relieve pain;
- Assists the body in cleansing itself from toxins;
- Supports the immune system;
- Helps spiritual growth and emotional cleansing;
- Promotes creativity; and
- Compliments medical treatment.
The great thing about reiki is that one does not have to be ill to experience the benefits.
With the new stride in health care for more holistic approaches for pain management instead of pain medication, I have found that energy therapies including Reiki are being recommended.
Reiki like other alternative holistic medicines it is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice.
Reiki was developed in Japan in 1922 by Mikao Usui. Usui was a seeker of knowledge and spiritual understanding. He studied disciplines such as history, religion, medicine, psychology, and metaphysics, and broadened his world view through travel to Europe and China.
Reiki tradition holds that Usui received the vibration of energy called Reiki in 1922 while meditating on Mt. Kurama, a mountain sacred to both Buddhism and Shinto. Usui also underwent three years of Zen Buddhist training later in his life. Some researchers suggest that Reiki was a natural outgrowth of his spiritual practice.
Usui established clinics in Tokyo and traveled throughout Japan healing the sick and teaching his healing method. Usui initiated more than 2000 students into Reiki and trained twenty teachers prior to his death in 1926 at the age of 62.
One of the teachers Usui Sensei trained was Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, a medical doctor and retired naval officer. Hayashi Sensei established a clinic in Tokyo after Usui’s passing, continued to develop his mentor’s healing method, and trained thirteen teachers prior to his death in 1941. Among Hayashi Sensei’s patients and students was Mrs. Hawayo Takata. A Hawaiian of Japanese descent, Takata received Reiki at Dr. Hayashi’s clinic and was healed of several serious health conditions. She remained in Japan to study with Hayashi, returning to Hawaii in the late 1930’s.
It was Takata who introduced Reiki to the West. She established a clinic in Hilo, taught, and practiced in Hawaii for many years before bringing Usui’s healing method to the mainland in the early 1970’s. Before her passing in 1980, she had taught Reiki to countless men, women, and children, and had trained twenty-two teachers (Masters). Most present-day practitioners trace their lineage through her, and she is largely responsible for the spread of Reiki.
The popularity of Reiki has grown exponentially in the past few decades. A survey conducted in 2007 indicates that in the previous year, 1.2 million adults and 161,000 children in the U.S. received one or more Reiki sessions.