Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
Reiki is an alternative therapy originated in Japan, which is a kind of touch therapy. The followers and practitioners of Reiki believe that by this touch therapy they can transmit positive energy from one person to another, and the proper flow of this life force energy acts as a healing factor. According to the believers of Reiki cult, this flow of energy is present in every living being, and the Reiki master, with his powerful energy flow, only transmits this spiritual power in reducing stress and helps to get relief from thThe client is usually in sitting or lying position, fully clothed. The reiki practitioner places his or her hands slightly on or above the client’s body.
According to reiki theory, energy is thought to automatically go to the parts of the body where it’s most needed. Intention on the part of the reiki practitioner is believed to help direct the flow of energy.
The reiki practitioner may also use hand positions around the body to ensure that no parts of the body are neglected.
Each position is held for two to five minutes. The hand positions are usually palm down with the fingers and thumbs extended.
People may feel a deep sense of relaxation after a reiki session. They sometimes report a sensation of warmth or cold, tingling, sleepiness, refreshment, and/or a reduction in symptoms.
A typical session can last anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes. Although it’s considered to be its own therapy, reiki can also be combined with other complementary/alternative therapies or with conventional medical treatments.
People use reiki for a variety of health conditions, such as: •Chronic pain
•Recovery from surgery
•Side effects of chemotherapy or radiation for cancer
•Sense of well-being and/or spirituality
•Enhancing the sense of peace in people who are dying
Reiki is based on life-force energy and energy fields, but their existence has not been measurably proven at this time.
One of the criticisms of reiki is that there is no scientific foundation. Although there have been preliminary studies on the effectiveness of reiki for various health conditions, there is a lack of well-designed, reproducible studies showing that reiki is more effective than a placebo.
For example, a four-week study involving 24 participants between the ages of 60 and 80 suggested that reiki may improve symptoms relating to behavior and memory problems associated with mild dementia, however the possible placebo effect was not considered.
Research on the effectiveness of reiki poses challenges because it’s a hands-on therapy that requires the intention of the practitioner.
There are no known safety concerns with reiki. However, it should not be used to replace necessary standard medical treatment.
People may experience weakness, tiredness, indigestion, or a headache after having reiki. Reiki practitioners often advise clients to expect this, and say that these reactions are caused by the body releasing “toxins”. Practitioners often suggest that clients rest and stay well-hydrated.
Reiki practitioners channel energy in a particular pattern to heal and harmonize. Unlike other healing therapies based on the premise of a human energy field, Reiki seeks to restore order to the body whose vital energy has become unbalanced.
Reiki energy has several basic effects: it brings about deep relaxation, destroys energy blockages, detoxifies the system, provides new vitality in the form of healing universal life energy, and increases the vibrational frequency of the body.
The laying of hands is used in Reiki therapy also as in spiritual healing. There is a difference though. In spiritual healing, a person with a strong energy field places his or her hands above a particular part of the recipient’s body in order to release energy into it. So, here the healer is the one who is sending out the energy. In Reiki, however, the healer places the hands above the recipient; however, it is the recipient that draws the energy as needed. Thus, in this case, the individual being healed takes an active part in the healing process as opposed to having a passive part in spiritual healing. The individual takes responsibility for his or her healing. The recipient identifies the needs and cater to them by drawing energy as needed.
Although there are a few positions in which the practitioner is in contact with the patient (such as cradling the head), most Reiki treatments do not involve actual touching. The practitioner holds his or her hands a few inches or farther away from the patient’s body and manipulates the energy field from there