Reiki is a complementary hands-on-healing practice. It is used to support physical, mental-emotional and spiritual healing. The word Reiki itself is a Japanese word, “Rei” meaning universal life, and “Ki” meaning energy.
It is an ancient healing practice that was rediscovered by Mikao Usui in Japan during the 1920s. Since then Reiki has been spread and taught throughout the world and there are now many different systems and types of Reiki available. The traditional Usui system of Reiki follows the lineage of Mikao Usui, in which the energy is passed from teacher to student through an attunement process, maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the practice.
The knowledge of a universal, life-force energy has been understood for centuries within various spiritual traditions. Although it is labelled differently depending on the tradition, the concept is the same and includes: Chi (Qi) in Chinese Medicine, Prana in the Hindu Yogic Traditions, and Ki in Japan. In the west, Dr. Wilhelm Reich discovered the same energy and called it Orgone energy. The existence of this energy and how it operates within the universe is also supported and studied within the field of quantum physics.
A Reiki treatment usually takes between 60-90 minutes. During the treatment, you will be asked to lay down or sit in a chair depending what is more comfortable for you. The Reiki practitioner will lay their hands either very gently on, or a few inches above the area of the body that is being treated. The life force energy is channelled through the hands of the practitioner to the area that is being focused on for treatment. The practitioner will either work with the seven chakras (energy centers) within the body or specific areas of the body which may need healing due to physical, emotional or energetic blockages. These might be specific areas of pain, and can be specified by you if you have particular areas you’d like to work on.
When having a treatment, you might feel certain sensations such as twitching, warmth, tingling, or a movement of energy within the body. Generally, there is an overall sense of well-being felt as the energy is channelled into the body. It is also normal to have no sensation or feelings at all during the treatment, and what you and the practitioner feel may be entirely different from each other.
Anyone can access Reiki, and it can be used to support any healing process within the body, spirit or mind. The concept of healing can often be misinterpreted to mean cure - Reiki is not a cure for severe illnesses or pain, but it is a powerful complementary tool which can be used in addition to other forms of medical treatment. My experience is that healing is synonymous with wholeness, and connecting to our inner truth and higher self. Reiki assists us in finding a sense of wholeness, connection and awareness.