The Idiot's Guide to Reiki - What You Need to Know

The Idiot's Guide to Reiki - What You Need to Know
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When you think of energy healing, you might immediately think of reiki. Whether you know what it is, chances are that you have probably at least heard of it. 

Perhaps you have even considered getting a reiki treatment for yourself but aren’t sure what it is? You think, “Everyone is doing this, but how can it help me?”

What is reiki? 


Reiki is energy healing that originated in Japan and has become very popular in the West in the last decade. The word means “spiritually guided life force energy,” and that is a great description of what is happening between the practitioner and client. 

People have reported that this form of alternative therapy provides symptomatic relief and emotional support for a variety of issues. It transfers its natural healing energy as a frequency, in a peaceful, serene treatment

Because it is both gentle and profound, many consider it to be one of the best preventative health practices available. Most clients report feeling deeply relaxed, yet energised and have a greater sense of peace and well-being after a reiki treatment. 

There may be sensations of warmth or tingling over an area, or the client may experience emotional release because of the healing energy. One thing reiki may not do for you is to produce a spontaneous “cure.” 

Although it complements the natural healing processes of the human body, one session is usually not enough to relieve a chronic or severely acute condition. However, a series of three or more treatments for serious issues can be beneficial. 

Having regular treatments helps individuals maintain vibrant health and well-being. 

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How does reiki work? 


In a typical reiki treatment session, the client rests on a massage table fully clothed and encouraged to drop into deep relaxation. The practitioner then places her hands either directly on the client or just above in a series of 12 common hand positions appropriate for that client’s needs.
The practitioner transfers healing energy in the form of symbols to the client’s energy systems, such as the meridians and chakras. Sessions can last anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes. 

People believe that reiki works because powerful intentions carried by the symbols can have a positive effect on the energy of the body. The practitioner is not using her own energy but is allowing the universal energy field to flow through her to the client. 

Based on the principles of physics, a more powerful, positive energy field (like reiki) will influence a weaker negative energy field (like disease), and shift or move it. Therefore, the reiki flows through the client’s energy bodies and releases areas built-up with physical and emotional pain, allowing those areas to regain a more natural flow and restoring nourishment to vital organs and tissues. 

What are the benefits of reiki? 


Although the popularity of reiki is growing, there has been little research done to prove how it works. Most of the evidence to support reiki comprises reports from the clients themselves. 

However, there is a growing base of research supporting that reiki treatments can be effective in healing symptoms and increasing overall well-being. A good deal of healthcare fields find that reiki is an ideal complement to traditional medicine and at the very least, does not produce any negative side effects for the patient. 

The range of issues a reiki practitioner can treat seems to have no limits. Those who have received treatment with reiki have reported increased pain management, reduced anxiety, improved sleep and digestion and less depression because of their treatments. 

I can’t think of anyone who would say “no” to that! The treatments also seem to help patients recover more quickly from surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and even substance abuse. 

Reiki seems to support the body on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels, which allows the body to more easily heal itself. It almost sounds too good to be true. 

Can I learn reiki? 


Although this practice seems a little “out there,” there is no limit to who can learn to use it. There are many reiki courses offered throughout the United States and elsewhere, and the training is open to anyone who wants to learn and share it. 

There are three levels, or degrees, in the reiki training. In the first degree, the student receives “attunements” from the teacher and learns the basic hand positions for administering reiki. 

In the second degree, the student continues to learn symbols used in distance healing. This level enables the practitioner to send healing energy over time and space, and the client need not be present to receive the healing. 

Finally, the student is ready to receive the final attunements and the last symbol, and become a “reiki master” or “master teacher” and can teach the three degrees to others. Because of the natural ease and simplicity of this modality, there is an abundance of reiki courses and teachers. 

Some traditionalists contend that it takes years of patience and practise to master this ancient art form, so always be mindful when choosing a practitioner or teacher.