Reiki ~ Many ancient cultures, including the Japanese, Chinese, Indians and the Egyptians, embraced the belief that life energy flows through the body deeply, altering our bodies, minds and emotions.
Current research strongly suggests that energy does extend throughout and beyond the physical body and that disruptions and imbalances in it’s flow correlate to physical, mental, and emotional illnesses. The healing art of Reiki addresses these imbalances to support your good health and wellbeing.
What is Reiki
A brief overview Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and 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”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”
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. Many have reported miraculous results.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It 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 med- ical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.
What is a Reiki Session Like?
Come to a Reiki Session in loose comfortable cloth- ing. You will normally lie on a table fully clothed, but the techniques is so adaptable that one can receive Reiki in just about any setting including a chair, through casts, and bandages and in any state of health.
The Practitioner will lightly lay their hands on or above your body. Typical positions of the Practitioner’s hands are on your: head, shoulders, stomach, arms, legs, and feet (or you may prefer not to have touch). If you are not comfortable with touch, please notify the Practitioner to adjust the treatment. Your aura will also be treated with Reiki.
If you were to view a Reiki session, you might think that nothing is going on. If you experience Reiki, you know otherwise. While the effects vary from person to person, most individuals experience deep relaxation, Some clients feel warmth in specific areas or tingling and some clients may even lightly doze off. After your Reiki session, drink plenty of water to wash away the toxins released during the session. Let your body do whatever it needs – allow yourself quiet time or return to your life’s activities with a sense of wellness.
Results are sometimes subtle. Some recipients say the feel little during the session, but afterwards enjoy a sense of calm and well being, and a deep restful sleep. It is possible that you will experience powerful sensations or emotions during and or after a session. Your practitioner will want to hear about all your responses to the degree you are comfortable sharing them.
Sessions are typically scheduled once a week or every 2 weeks. Each session is accumulative in maintaining the free flow of your energy centers and no two sessions are alike. A series of 4 sessions is recommended for new clients. Upon review, additional sessions or a maintenance plan will be assessed with the client.
Reiki in healthcare
Used by a rapidly growing number of hospitals all over the world. Reiki complements medical treatment, natural therapies, and massage therapy. Reiki increases a caregivers ability to provide patient support and is easily practiced in all hospital environments form out patient clinics to intensive care.
Reiki is being successfully integrated into numerous clinical settings to compliment medical care and psychological counseling. It is gentle enough to offer support and reduce the discomforts of preg- nant women and can help ease the pain of child- birth. Hospitals such as the Tuscan Medical Center, St. Lukes Hospital in San Francisco, St. Mary’s Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa and Lankanau Hospital in PA, all have teams of Reiki Practitioners available to a range of patients, including these with cancer or recovering from surgery. Reiki is especially appreciated in hospice care where it’s ability to alleviate pain and anxiety for both patient and family members is also greatly needed.
Medical research has focused upon verifying Reiki’s effects rather than explaining how it works. The results are impressive. One study showed a highly significant reduction in pain following reiki treatment. Another study cited improvement in immune and nervous system functioning and increased mobility in patients with conditions such as multiple sclero- sis, lupis, and fibromyaglia. At Columbia/ HCA Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, surgical patient’s decreased their use of pain medications, stayed for shorter periods and reported increased satisfaction with pre and post surgical Reiki sessions..
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