Whenever you're having one of those days when it feels like only two men in the whole world have what it takes to make you feel better -- Ben and Jerry, of course -- add a Reiki session to your list of emergency feel-better aids.
What is Reiki?
It turns out that the Japanese are good at much more than inventing futuristic electronics that look like something out of a new Sci-Fi movie; the Japanese also have a rich history of mystical alternative-healing methods. Reiki is one such method, and the word "reiki" itself is Japanese for the concept of "universal life energy."
A monk named Dr. Usui discovered how to heal others with an energy practice he called Reiki back in the early 1900s, which he believed was more of a revelation he experienced rather than his own invention. He felt a special connection to the universe open within himself that flowed out through his hands, bringing others back into balance and healing them with his touch.
In practice, Reiki has many similarities to Chi Kung, pranic healing and other forms of massage that incorporate energy work like cranial-sacral massage or Polarity therapy. Reiki's advantage is that it's easier with less technique involved. The Reiki practitioner simply places their hands gently on the body or over the body which allows the healing energy to flow through their hands and to the client. It's a deeply relaxing experience for people. While some massage therapists may add Reiki into their session, Reiki itself isn't a massage technique.
Anyone who learns Reiki also has the ability to heal themselves with Reiki too. Many Reiki practitioners will give themselves Reiki treatments to feel better and recharge themselves, which is a very nurturing practice.
What is involved in a Reiki session?
Everyone can benefit from Reiki. It's just a matter of how receptive you are that determines the results you can get from a session. During a Reiki treatment, both the practitioner who is giving Reiki, and the receiver, benefits from the session; there's no loss of energy anywhere. Also, you'll remain fully clothed in the treatment.
Here's how it goes:
- First, pick a Reiki practitioner you like; preferably someone who has experience and with whom you are comfortable.
- Next, think about if music would help you relax in the session or if you prefer silence. Tell your Reiki practitioner what kind of music you like or bring your own soothing music if you wish; otherwise, be clear with them ahead of time if you prefer silence.
- Sometimes Reiki practitioners work in a room with scented candles or incense to help purify the atmosphere. If you have any allergies to either or have a strong sensitivity to smells, please tell your practitioner in advance.
- Always use the restroom before your session begins. You'd be surprised how many people forget this point!
- If you have any reservations, ask the practitioner to show you and explain where they will place their hands before the session begins.
- Tell them if lying flat is uncomfortable for you. For example, you wouldn't want to lie on your stomach while pregnant. It's no problem for you to sit or remain in another more-comfortable position during the session.
- Point out where you have any scars or sensitive areas. The practitioner can keep their hands just above the area in those places.
Long-Distance Reiki treatments
In distance healing, your practitioner can send you Reiki from anywhere in the world at any time. You don't even need to take a break to focus on the healing to benefit from it either; just continue your day as usual, and you will still get all the benefits you need. Healers offer to send energy for your physical, emotional or spiritual benefit. Everyone has different reactions to a long-distance Reiki session. Some parts of your body may tingle, become warmer or cooler depending on what you need at the time. Sometimes, you may not feel anything, but don't worry. That just means you're absorbing the healing in a different way.
On occasion, Reiki can help your body detoxify. Therefore, you could experience things like mild gas or feeling light-headed for a little while as the body begins purging out toxins. These symptoms will pass within a few hours or a day, leaving you feeling much better afterward. Drink lots of water to help the process.
What else will I feel in a Reiki session?
You might feel any combination of the following during your session:
- The Reiki practitioner's hands may get quite hot or cool.
- Sometimes you may feel mild pulsing or twitching sensations as the energy moves through the body.
- A sense of floating, deep relaxation and inward concentration is common.
- You might notice practically nothing at all the first time, but you feel less stressed afterward.
If you start feeling uncomfortable at any time during the session, tell the practitioner and feel free to change your position to stay relaxed.
How does a Reiki session work?
The role of the Reiki practitioner is to make you feel comfortable and listen to your needs. They "open the doors" for the treatment to happen, holding the space during the session without controlling the process. The practitioner amplifies the energy, allowing and encouraging it to flow in the best way possible, supporting the client to receive the energy.
The role of the client is to hold your intention to receive healing while you relax. Everyone is going to have different results from a Reiki treatment, and that's OK. The more sessions you receive, the more open you can become to it.
The great thing about the natural healing energy from Reiki is that it will complement any kind of medicine or other treatments. In fact, you could say that Reiki makes the medicines work better in your body and helps your body respond to any kind of therapy more positively.
Research documented at this website of the latest Reiki news articles has lots of exciting things to report:
First, no one has ever reported negative effects from Reiki treatments in any studies since the dawn of Reiki, so you truly have nothing to fear.
The Helfgott Research Institute at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon found that Reiki boosts the immune system. They examined the effect of Reiki sessions on the white blood-cell counts of people in three groups. One group received Reiki, another just relaxed and the rest neither received Reiki nor relaxed. They took blood samples from all of them before and after. Reiki actually enhanced the immune system by significantly increasing the number of white blood cells in those people who received Reiki treatments.
Daniel Wirth -- a researcher at the Healing Sciences International organization in Orinda, California -- conducted a strict Reiki experiment. Out of 44 male college students with identical minor wounds, some received Reiki without their knowledge while others didn't. The volunteers didn't know the experiment was about Reiki in order to rule out the placebo effect. "After eight days, the treated groups' wounds had shrunk by 93.5 percent compared with 67.3 percent for those not treated."
Plus, Dr. Barnard Grad from McGill University in Montreal, Canada tested the effects of psychic-healing energies like Reiki on plants. One group of his seeds received water treated by a Reiki healer while the others received untreated water. "The plants watered with healer-treated solution grew faster and were healthier, producing 25 percent more weight and having a higher chlorophyll content."
Imagine what Reiki could do for you
While no one can guarantee what specific results you're going to get after a Reiki session, the benefits of Reiki are very real in giving you an overall boost of energy that helps restore harmony in your body, mind and spirit. We love Reiki because of how versatile it is in helping everyone who needs it. Give it a try and see for yourself how much better it can make you feel.
About the Author: Suzanne Leopold started Living Mavens in 2016 to share some of the products and techniques that help her focus inward and transform her life. With over 15 years of exploring energy and manifesting modalities, she is passionate about creating a life she loves and sharing her discoveries with others. To learn more on how to consciously create a life you love, go to www.livingmavens.com