is a form of Japanese spiritual healing, resurrected
in the 19th century but that originated in Tibetan
Buddhist healing practices around 2,500 years
ago. The therapist draws upon life force energy
(“reiki energy”) from the universe, and channels
it via their hands to wherever it is needed in
themselves or others. Since being introduced to
the West in the 1970s it has become increasingly
popular, however it is not given much credence
by conventional medical opinion.
is claimed that reiki works at an atomic
level, causing body molecules to vibrate
more than they would normally, and hence
dissolve energy blockages that cause imbalance
and illness. The hands are laid onto or
near the body to work their magic.
A full reiki treatment will
last about one hour and usually the client
remains fully clothed. The whole body is
covered from head to toe, front and back,
and the treatment is often very relaxing
with the client sometimes experiencing a
warm feeling, tingling, or even a sort of
fizzing sensation. The theory is that the
energy goes where the recipient needs it
so does not need to be guided, either with
the hands or the mind. Nevertheless there
is usually a sequence to a reiki routine.
Reiki can be used in conjunction
with other therapies, for example reiki energy
can be used to cleanse a room, charge a crystal,
and when hands are placed on the body during any
massage routine or reflexology.
The main benefits of Reiki are:
- Relief of stress-related conditions such as
headaches, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety.
- Helping with emotional distress.
- Pain relief.
- To enhance healing of any condition.
- Enhanced well-being.
Please note that a good Reiki practitioner will
always do a thorough consultation before commencing
a treatment, and will also provide advice about
aftercare and homecare.
The following books were referenced for this
Encyclopedia of Natural Healing by Anne Woodham and Dr David Peters
Holistic Therapy – A Practical Approach by Francesca Gould
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