Reiki* is an energy treatment which activates the healing processes in the body and restores physical and emotional well being. The Reiki practitioner places their hands lightly on or over specific areas of the body including the Chakra locations. Another name for Reiki is palm healing or hands-on healing. Further benefits from a Reiki session are:
- Relieves pain, anxiety, and fatigue
- Boosts mood
- Reduces stress
- Improves headaches, tension & insomnia
While the practitioner holds their hands lightly on or over the body, the transfer of energy takes place. During this time, the practitioner’s hands may be warm and tingling. Each hand position is held until the practitioner senses that the energy has stopped flowing. Reiki can be done remotely as well as in person.
The word “Reiki” means “mysterious atmosphere, miraculous sign.” It comes from the Japanese words “rei” (universal) and “ki” (life energy). Reiki is a type of energy healing, targeting the energy fields around the body.
Energy can stagnate in the body where there has been physical injury or possibly emotional pain. In time, these energy blocks can cause illness. Reiki healing aims to help the flow of energy and remove blocks in a similar way to acupuncture or acupressure. Through improving the flow of energy around the body, relaxation is enabled, pain is reduced, healing is sped up and other symptoms of illness are reduced.
Reiki has been around for thousands of years. Japanese Buddhist called Mikao Usui, who reportedly taught 2,000 people the Reiki method during his lifetime, developed its current form in 1922. The practice spread to the U.S. through Hawaii in the 1940s, and then to Europe in the 1980s.