What is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese term derived from two words: "rei" meaning "universal," and "ki" which means "life force" or "vital energy." It is the name for a spiritual practice and “laying on of hands” energy healing system developed by Dr. Mikao Usui in 1922. Today, Reiki is known across the world as a natural, non-invasive, alternative healing modality. It is growing in use in hospitals globally and is often used in conjunction with other therapies.
How does Reiki work?
Reiki is a system of healing that intends to put the body in its optimal state of deep relaxation to encourage its own healing. Specialized training and attunements to the Reiki energy levels sensitizes the practitioner to the different energies in the subtle bodies, allowing him/her to feel and locate the blockages and their correlating imbalances in various dimensions in one's life. Through practice and training, a practitioner can channel Reiki energy through the practitioner’s body and hands into another person's body or energy field--in person and from a distance (yes, it's effective! Here's a link to a double-blind study on the effectiveness of distance healing on a group of people with advanced AIDS). Channelling Reiki clears blockages and corrects imbalances in the energy centers and pathways, also known as chakras and nadis.
The mind, spirit, and body are connected and reflect the state of each other, so when Reiki helps heal one dimension of the body, it inevitably heals the others connected to it. Reiki ultimately unites, balances, and improves the functioning of all the body’s systems: physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
What happens during and after a Reiki session?
Any issues that are desired to be addressed during the Reiki session will be discussed prior to treatment. Clients are fully clothed and may sit in a chair or lie down on a massage table with his/her eyes closed for a Reiki session. Clients are asked to relax and to try and pay attention to their experiences on a physical, mental, and emotional level (this will help with feedback at the end of the treatment).
The practitioner will then place her hands above the client’s body to scan for areas that may need healing. Afterward, starting from head to toe, she will channel Reiki energy to all of these areas and to the main energy centers with her hands above or lightly touching the body.
Additional healing modalities or objects may be incorporated into the treatment session per client's request, such as the Amethyst Biomat, crystals, essential oils, music, binaural beats, singing bowls, and smudging.
Because we are all in an ever-changing state of being from moment to moment, everyone’s experience during and after a Reiki session will be unique. During a session, most people report feeling very relaxed and even tingly; some see colors, images, or scenes like in a dream; some have major spiritual experiences; release blocked emotions and pain during or after the session; and others feel the effects in a few days. After a session, many report feeling very calm, refreshed, clear-minded, and alert. It is also common to experience pain relief as well as personal insight into one's life or health. In any case, Reiki always flows to where it is needed and is absorbed to the amount that is capable by each individual.
As with any detoxifying practice (e.g. fasts and cleanses; alkalizing, raw or nutrient-dense diets; exercising; yoga; etc.), some individuals may or may not experience detoxification symptoms, which result in feeling worse before feeling better. Should you experience this, rest assured that it will pass within a day or two. Continue on your healing journey by resting, staying hydrated, and only doing low impact activities as much as possible especially in the first day or two after a Reiki session. Do your best to make positive lifestyle choices (including choosing positive thoughts and emotions); the more that are made, the more intense and increased the benefits of Reiki will be. If you have any questions or concerns about any detoxification symptoms, please feel free to ask or talk to me about it.
Is Reiki safe for everyone?
Yes, because it is non-invasive and only the pure Reiki energy is channelled to the receiver, not the practitioner's personal energy. The only time one should potentially avoid a Reiki session is if one has improperly set broken bones because Reiki can quicken the healing or setting of the bones.
What can Reiki treat?
Reiki can support the healing of ALL health conditions, including (but not limited to):
- Acute and Chronic Pain
- Allergies (i.e. Seasonal, Food, Animal, etc.)
- Bone, Joint, Tendon Issues (e.g. Arthritis, Broken Bones, Osteoperosis, Tendonitis, etc.)
- Blood Disorders
- Breathing/Lung Issues (e.g. Sinusitis, Congestion, etc.)
- Cancer and Tumors
- Cardiovascular Issues
- Digestive Issues (e.g. Constipation, Crohn's Disease, IBS, Indigestion, Gas, etc.)
- Emotional Issues (e.g. Anger, Anxiety, Confusion, Fear, Grief, Heartache, Sorrow, etc.)
- Mental/Memory Issues (e.g. Alzheimer's, Dementia, etc.)
- Skin Disorders (e.g. Acne, Eczema, Rashes, Lupus, etc.)
- Sleep Disorders (e.g. Insomnia, Sleep Apnea, Sleep Walking, etc.)
Note that while many people have been able to cure themselves of all kinds of ailments from receiving Reiki treatment, Reiki practitioners can never claim to heal you or your condition; it is up to you and your choice to allow yourself to heal. Reiki (and all medical treatment) is simply a catalyst, and the practitioner is a facilitator for healing. YOU are the actual healer! Just as any other form of therapy or medicine can increase one's state of health, without changing the root cause of an issue (i.e. unhealthy lifestyle habits including negative thoughts and emotions), the problem will persist.
How many Reiki treatments do I need for optimum health?
The number of treatments needed will vary depending on each individual's state of being; private consultation will help determine session frequency. Generally, those suffering from chronic pain or severe health issues will most likely need more frequent or regular treatments than more healthy individuals (once a week or more). However, Reiki is still recommended for relatively healthy persons in order to maintain an optimal state of well-being (I typically recommend once every 2 weeks or once a month). The frequency is up to each individual and what feels right to them.
What items or products do you use to enhance your Reiki sessions and why?
I use Richway's Amethyst Biomat to further enhance the body's natural healing and detoxifying processes. It is filled with amethyst and tourmaline crystals, which not only lend their natural healing vibrations to the person lying on top of the mat, but the amethyst also helps amplify the far-infrared rays which encourage the body to heal.
I also use essential oils since they assist with opening and clearing the chakras and can support all of our physical body's organs and systems. I have found that it often helps clients relax more, feel more open, clear-headed, and also release more negative energy. My essential oils are from a company called Young Living, and I also distribute their products because of how effective they are. No other essential oil company in the world can compete with their "Seed to Seal" planting, harvesting, and distillation process--which are of the highest standards in the industry. Their essential oils are truly therapeutic grade and the purest I've ever experienced (and I have experimented with many other brands).
Various crystals are also placed on and around the body of all Reiki clients to help balance their energies.
For more information on any of these products and where you can get them, please ask me for more details.