What is Reiki? What are the benefits?
Very simply Reiki is a form of therapeutic touch that is used to restore physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance. It helps you to relax and opens up your innate ability to heal yourself. Reiki is a natural, risk free process for healing that can include hands on touch or can be done with the hands being held over the body or even done at a distance.
Reiki is pronounced “ray-key”. Rei means Universal and Ki stands for Spirit, Energy, Life Force. The most common definition of Reiki therefor is “Universal life energy”.
Reiki can be used to speed up healing for any physical issue, to release emotional issues, to balance the chakras, or simply for relaxation. Research studies have shown:
- It speeds up wound healing time
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces stress
- Speeds the healing process and minimizes side effects of conventional medical treatments
My Experience With Reiki
Several years ago I had my first encounter with Reiki. I had woken up with a stiff neck and could hardly move my body without it causing me to be in some serious pain. This would happen infrequently and typically cleared up in a few days. This time however, it was persistent, the pain lessened and I was able to get back to functioning but it just wouldn’t go away completely, the movement of turning my head was really limited and still created pain. I had heard about Reiki and decided to give it a try. It was an amazing experience. It took 2 sessions but the pain was completely gone and so was a lot of emotional pain that I hadn’t even realized that I was carrying around.
I remember asking the practitioner what type of oil she was using because her touch was almost hot and her reply was “none, that is the healing energy coming through my hands”. I have had a few sessions since that time with continued great results. I recently have had a family member come down with a chronic illness, I decided to get trained in Reiki to help work on them and through the training became familiar with the benefits of Reiki on Emotional Healing and Balancing the Chakras, it fits perfectly with my move towards using more alternative therapeutic modalities in my coaching and counseling practice.