How Reiki Works
What is Reiki?
Reiki energy goes back over 2500 years, the Reiki teachings of today originated in Japan in the early 1900's and is a hands on technique and method of healing.
The practitioner channels healing energy through their hands to the person through a light touch either directly on the body or from a distance.
Reiki (pronounced: "ray-key") is a Japanese composite word usually translated as “Universal Life Energy”. It is based on the idea that all living beings have life energy flowing through them.
The awareness that an unseen energy flows through all living things and directly affects the the quality of health has been part of the wisdom of many cultures since ancient times.
This life energy goes by many names:
The ancient Hawaiians called it ti or ki. It has also been called orgone energy and elan vital, and science refers to it as bio-field energy.
- When life energy is high, you are healthy and balanced, more relaxed and are more capable of being happy and healthy.
- When it is low, you’ll often be more easily affected by stress and less resistant to illness.
- Reiki helps return your body to its natural state of balance and well-being.
Some of the greatest health benefits are stress reduction and relaxation, which triggers the bodies natural healing abilities, and improves and maintains health.
Reiki healing is a natural therapy that gently balances life energies and brings health and well being to the recipient.
It is a safe complement to conventional Western medicine, Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathy and all other forms of healing.
Who or What Can Benefit From Reiki?
Every living thing – no matter what age, gender, religion or state of health of a person, animal, plant or other living thing, Reiki has a positive affect on all forms of negative conditions.
- Reiki can help with minor things like headaches or stomach aches, colds, flu, tension and anxiety as well as serious illness like cancer and heart disease.
- It can reduce or eliminate side effects of conventional medical treatment, including the negative effects of chemotherapy, post-operative pain and depression.
- It can strengthen the immune system before, during & after surgeries and cancer therapies.
- It accelerates natural healing following surgery, injury or illness.
In some cases people have experienced complete healings which have been confirmed by medical tests before and after the Reiki treatments.
Keep in mind however, while some have experienced miracles, they cannot be guaranteed. Most people experience stress reduction, relaxation along with gradual improvement of physical and psychological condition.
What is a session like?
There is no typical session, no set protocol or length of time, Reiki can be administered either in person or from a remote distance.
Reiki can be administered by anyone who has training, which could be a professional practitioner, a healthcare provider, a friend or family member, or even you yourself if you have been trained in Reiki.
- There is no typical setting: a quiet place is preferable, but it can be done anywhere, no matter what else is happening either around or directly to the recipient.
- Moments of touch from a Reiki-trained practitioner can bring comfort in an acute or emergency situation, such as the onset of the flu, or after an injury or surgery.
- A Reiki session is an individualized experience that is relaxing, gentle, and safe for all. It involves healing in a way that will empower you while respecting your feelings and choices.
What does Reiki Feel Like?
Experiences during a Reiki treatment vary from person to person. Some things a client may experience are:
- waves of energy
- or nothing at all
The most commonly reported benefits of Reiki are:
- Increased & smoother energy
- Greater calmness & a sense of balance
The Reiki energy encourages the recipient to let go of all tension, anxiety, fear or other negative feelings, leading to a state of peace and well-being. Clients often experience physical, emotional and spiritual release during a session.
Reiki can be given remotely also known as Distance healing. Distance healing is an energetic healing process that can be best explained through the principles of Quantum physics.
It has been proven to be extremely effective, sometimes even more effective than local, hands-on healing.*
In a remote Reiki session, the practitioner connects with the person or animal requesting the healing energetically. Every living being has a unique frequency, and the practitioner tunes into that unique energy.
We are all part of the same unified field of consciousness, and it’s simply a question of “dialing in” to the correct frequency. Once the connection is made, the practitioner sends the healing energy to the recipient.
Recipients of distance healing report the same sensations recipients of hands-on healing experience, such as a sense of heat or tingling in certain parts of the body, a sense of calm and peace, and a deep sense of relaxation.
*For you Scientifically inclined individuals, here is a link to a great write up about the Science of energy healing
Reiki & Your Pets
Just like people, even healthy pets can have occasional physical, emotional and mental imbalances that, if left untreated, can manifest as illness.
Periodic Reiki treatments can help maintain your pet’s natural state of well-being and balance. Animals, especially cats, are naturally receptive to the Reiki energy and tend to gravitate towards it readily.
Some of the benefits are:
~Accelerates healing following surgery or illness~
Reiki can alleviate and prevent side effects of conventional medications such as pain killers and antibiotics, and provides pain relief and relaxation to facilitate and enhance the body’s natural healing response.
~Increases trust and bonding between you and your pet~
People and pets often mirror each others’ physical and emotional states, as animals are natural healers, they sometimes take on their person’s problems, often in an attempt to heal them.
This happens because of the deep bond shared between a pet and his or her person.
Because of the shared energy in such a close relationship, energetic imbalances are shared as well. Receiving a joint treatment can help increase the trust and bond between you and your pet.
~Can help with behavior issues by promoting relaxation and stress reduction~
Many behavior issues are caused by stress. Reiki has a calming effect on the pet and may help make the pet more receptive to training and behavior modification.
It is extremely beneficial for animals with a history of abuse. The gentle touch and the energy can help restore trust in animals who have learned to associate touch with being hurt.
~Provides comfort and relieves pain, anxiety and fear for terminally ill animals~
Reiki is a wonderful way to facilitate the transition for terminally ill animals and their owners.
Often, animals will not allow themselves to transition because they intuitively feel that their person is not ready to let them go.
Joint treatments for the pet and his or her person can help both through this difficult time by enhancing the bond and allowing a gentle transition.