The stresses of contemporary life are well known. It's common for people to percieve their lives as one out-of-control event after another, in the endless pursuit of ... something; we've forgotten what. We discuss our stresses and anxieties as badges of honor, rather than the serious threats to health and well being that they are.
It's also true that we live in an age abundant with methods for confront our stressors. Reiki - one such method - has proven remarkably effective as a relaxation, but also of profound emotional and physical healing.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese technique used for relaxation and stress reduction that promotes healing. The idea behind this modality is that everyone has an unseen “life force energy” that flows through him/her. When a person’s “life force energy” is low or blocked, they are more likely to become ill or experience stress. However, when this energy is high and free of blockages, one may be happy, healthy, and full of life.
Increasingly, the world of allopathic medicine is turning toward complimentary forms of healing to treat patients. This shift is a general cultural trend toward “creating wellness” rather than “curing illness” that has made the general population more aware of these “new” modalities – massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, acupressure, aromatherapy, nutritional counseling, meditation, prayer, yoga, tai chi, etc. Individuals are also expressing an increased interest in the benefits of these modalities, particularly Reiki, which falls under the broader category of “energy healing.”
What happens in a Reiki session?
In a Reiki session, the practitioner and client begin by discussing the client’s intention for the session (e.g. to release stress/tension, provide healing to a specific area of the body, or improve the stress caused a painful personal relationship). The client then lies down comfortably, fully clothed, on a massage table as the Reiki practitioner lightly places their hands in various positions over specific areas of the client’s body (eyes, ears, throat, heart, etc.), attuning to the unique “energy” of each area.
What are the benefits of Reiki?
After a Reiki session, clients typically report a deeply relaxed body and mind. It’s not uncommon for clients to report having a sense of emotional release during the session (stored-up emotions being one form of “energy” we tend to have a particularly difficult time releasing), and there are countless accounts of people’s physical ailments – aches, pains, etc. – disappearing after a session.