Reiki is a healing energy therapy that originated by Mikao Usui in Japan. Reiki restores energetic alignment and balance and promotes healing on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels.
The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei), which means “Universal Life Force,” and (Ki), which means”energy.” Reiki is a hands-on healing system, as well as an energy source; practitioners use their hands to direct energy flow in patients to promote the body’s natural healing capabilities.
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Reiki is not a massage, nor a substitute for traditional medical care. It does not “fix, instead induces the relaxation response and puts the body in the best place for healing. Reiki benefits accumulate over time.
How Does it Work?
Reiki is life energy that flows through all living things. Practitioners channel universal life force energy, connecting with the client’s energy centers to have their energy be free flowing and strong (wellness). They work to remove stagnation and blockages that lead to symptoms of physical or emotional illness. The body’s innate intelligence regulates the energy amount and flow. What is in excess, Reiki lessens (like pain), and what is lacking Reiki increases and fills.
What is a Session Like?
- The Reiki practitioner will discuss the client’s needs to set the “intention” for the session. A session is typically 60 minutes.
- Client is fully dressed, lying on a massage table or sitting in a chair. The practitioner can work hands on or hands-off the client’s body, and to the client’s comfort.
- The entire body is treated through standard Reiki hand positions from head to toe.
- Client may experience warmth, tingling, and traveling sensations across their body, and a deep sense of calm, as well as heat from the practitioner’s hands.
To find a Reiki provider near you, view our ‘Provider lists,’ in our Wellness Portal.
Written by Ronda Crary, MS, LMT, CMLDT, RYT-200 . Ronda offers Reiki, yoga, and massage at the Healing Point in King of Prussia, PA.