What is Reiki? Science has shown that energy flows through all living things. The amount and quality of our energy can directly affect the quality of a person’s health. When your life energy is low, it is more difficult to deal with stressful situations and therefore you become more susceptible to illness, and eventually disease if your life energy remains low for a prolonged period. In contrast, when your life energy is high, you feel stronger, more energized and are better able to deal with stressful situations. Therefore, the likelihood of illness goes down. Reiki is an intuitive healing technique that can increase your life energy.
History of Reiki: Reiki was brought to and developed in Japan by Makao Usui in 1922 and later brought to the west in 1937 by Hawayo Takata. The awareness of Reiki has grown exponentially in the past few decades since. A survey conducted in 2007 indicated that in the previous year, 1.2 million adults and 161,000 children in the US received one or more Reiki sessions.
What are the benefits? In addition to the calm and peaceful feeling clients report following a Reiki session, Reiki energy will help to release the tension in the muscular and fascial systems, as well as increase circulation to promote healing. Clients have reported decreased stress, headaches, insomnia, upset stomach and pain as well as emotional healing including the release of anger, fear, worry, sadness and other unhealthy emotions, which in turn are replaced by positive feelings of tranquility, self-worth and confidence.
What to expect from a session? The Reiki technique is generally performed in a comfortable and quiet setting, usually on a massage table, with the client fully clothed. The Reiki Practitioner will lightly place their hands along different areas of the client’s body, either directly or just above it, to focus and channel Universal Energy from their hands into the client. The client will generally feel calm and peaceful during and after the session. A session will usually last between an hour to an hour and a half.