What is Reiki?
It’s important to recognize that Reiki is many different things to many different people. The beauty of the Reiki community is that it’s so diverse and fluid. The downside, however, is that there are no regulations for the practice of Reiki. That’s why it’s important to find the right Reiki practitioner for you to assist you in your healing.
In my practice, Reiki is a spiritual healing system that, when applied, balances and harmonizes every level of the human system (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual) through a Reiki treatment.
First and foremost, however, Reiki is a somatic experience. It is something to be felt through the body and its resulting processes. Experiencing a Reiki Treatment for yourself is how you really come to answer the question, “What is Reiki?”
When it comes to the pursuit of Reiki you can be sure of three things:
The History of Reiki
Reiki was founded from a Japanese man named Mikao Usui during the early half of the 20th century. One of his students, Chujiro Hayashi, was the teacher of Hawayo Takato, the dynamic woman who brought Reiki from Japan and introduced its practice to the western world.
The Modern, Scientific Perspective
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) defines Reiki as a “complementary health practice in which practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above the person, with the goal of facilitating the person’s own healing response.” While there has been limited clinical research on Reiki there is evidence that Reiki has been effective in areas of relaxation and pain management and in reducing anxiety, reducing depression, and even enhancing well-being.
The Subjective Experience
This is perhaps the most essential point to consider in defining Reiki. What is the experience like? Millions of people around the world report that Reiki has brought them benefits such as relaxation and pain management, reduced anxiety and depression, improvements in sleep, increased recovery time from injury and surgery, enhanced well-being, greater self awareness, heightened satisfaction in relationship, and increased intuition.
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