Reiki touch therapy is a complementary biofield energy therapy. It is a healing system developed by Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 20th century.
Reiki is administered by gently placing hands on, or near the patient’s head, neck, arms, back and feet to release built up of negative tension/energy and allowing the mind and the body to experience full relaxation.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei that means ‘universal/god/wisdom’ and Ki which is often translated as ‘life force’ or ‘energy’. Reiki is rooted in the idea that an unseen life force or energy flows through all living things that maintains and nourishes us. If one’s energy is low or blocked, then we are more likely to get sick or experience stress. On the other hand, if it is balanced and uninterrupted, there is a harmony within and around us, we feel happy and healthy.
Reiki works at bringing us into balance and to reinforce the body’s natural ability to heal itself at all levels, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.
Benefits of Reiki
- Stress relief
- Deep relaxation
- Improved sleep
- Pain relief
- Strengthening of the natural self-healing powers
- Increased energy, vitality and confidence
- Release of emotional and energetic blockages
- Support for personal and spiritual growth
- Balance in life and inner peace
Reiki promotes good health and well-being and visibly rejuvenates body in the most natural way. It creates a beneficial effect, such as relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Reiki healing is very safe and the benefits of a treatment can stay with you for a long time.
While there are only a limiting number of contemporary studies exploring the efficacy of Reiki, there are clinical trials being conducted. One study of Reiki randomized trials concluded: “there is evidence to suggest that Reiki therapy may be effective for pain and anxiety”. Another study suggests that “Reiki therapy sessions resulted in statistically significant reductions in pain”.
Reiki is a healing process that anyone can benefit from. Research using animals and even bacteria suggests it has the ability to reverse stress-induced conditions. As a natural form of healing, Reiki can support and enhance other forms of treatment and is often suggested in nursing environments.
What happens during a Reiki treatment?
During a Reiki treatment you will lie on a table or sit comfortably. Reiki practitioner will place their hands on, or near, your body, allowing the Reiki energy to flow to you. You do not need to remove any clothing except shoes. There is no massage or manipulation and the whole person is treated rather than specific symptoms. It is also possible to receive Reiki at a distance.
How many treatments?
As a natural healing method it is good to allow plenty of time for Reiki to have an effect, so a series of treatments is going to be more beneficial than a single treatment in most cases. How many you personally need should be discussed with your practitioner at your first session and reviewed as you go through treatments.
Is there any side effects?
Most of the time a person will feel relaxed and uplifted by a Reiki treatment. However, sometimes a person will have what is called a healing crisis. As a person’s vibration goes up, toxins that have been stored in the body will be released into the blood stream to be filtered by the liver and kidneys and removed from the system. When this happens, sometimes a person can get a headache or stomach ache or feel weak. If this happens, it is a good idea to drink more water, eat lighter meals and get more rest. The body is cleansing as part of the healing process so this is a good sign.
Is Raki safe in pregnancy?
Since Reiki is guided by the universal life energy, Reiki can only do good. Many pregnant women have received treatments with great benefit to them and their unborn child. It has also been used during child birth.
Reiki and children
Reiki is suitable for children under 16 as it is gentle and can be adapted to a child’s need for a shorter treatment times. Parent consent would be necessary.
Reiki and conventional medicine
Reiki can be used safely in conjunction with conventional medicine. It may help to speed up recovery times and reduce some uncomfortable symptoms, such as after surgery. Please see Cancer Research UK site for more information on how Reiki can help cancer patients.
Can Reiki help someone with a terminal illness or someone who is dying?
People with a terminal illness often find Reiki helps them to feel more relaxed, reduces symptoms such as pain and enables them to prepare for their passing. It has been reported to reduce anxiety, bring calm and ease transition. Please see this study on Reiki and palliative care patients.