Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing art, which is used to strengthen the self-healing powers of the body. Reiki is the Japanese word for “universal life energy.” It is a kind of bridge that allows the transference of energy to the body. Reiki calms the nerves, releases physical tension and mental blockages, and promotes healing from within.
A session is typically 1 hour long. The practitioner begins by describing the session to the client, giving the client an opportunity to discuss any particular problems or issues they are experiencing. For the actual session, the client will rest comfortably on a massage table on their back with their shoes removed. Reiki can be performed with the client sitting comfortably in a chair as well. Unlike massage therapy, no articles of clothing are removed and a client is always fully clothed; loose, comfortable clothing is suggested. A session can either be hands-on, where a Practitioner will apply a light touch during the session, or hands-off where they will hold their hands slightly above your body. If a client prefers not to be touched they can indicate this to the practitioner before they begin.
The session will then proceed with the Reiki Practitioner moving through specific standard Reiki hand positions beginning at the person’s head or feet. A recipient of Reiki might feel a warming sensation or a tingling during the session or nothing at all but sheer relaxation. The session should be very pleasant, relaxing and invigorating.
Reiki is a great tool for stress reduction and relaxation. Many people use Reiki for wellness. Reiki assists the body in creating an environment to facilitate healing. Reiki is a great tool to complement any other medical care.