Reiki is a light yet powerful Japanese form of natural healing that promotes stress reduction, relaxation, gaining clarity & focus, and many other healing & activating benefits. Meaning “Universal Life Force Energy,” Reiki (pronounced ray-key) exists within and all around you. The practice of Reiki involves the light placing of hands on the body, or over the body, to balance, shift, strengthen, and/or restore energy throughout the body, connecting the energy systems and the energy centers in the palms of the hands. The practitioner acts as a channel or conduit for this “Universal Life Force Energy” with the intention to heal; in this sense, Reiki can never harm – it can only help.
Energy healing dates back thousands of years ago toward practices that Tibetan monks would utilize. (Re)Discovered in the early 1900s by Dr. Mikao Usui (of whom the Usui [Shiki Ryoho Reiki] System of Natural Healing is named), Reiki has been passed from practitioner to practitioner through master trainings/attunements.
While Reiki does provide many healing benefits, it is not meant as a substitute for medical advice/diagnoses or medication; rather, it can be practiced in complement with your medical practitioner. A session involves the client lying down on a table, similar to massage, keeping open and/or meditative to energy work. Light touch or no (auric) touch is used, based on personal preference.
A one-hour Reiki session can produce the effects equivalent to 4 hours of restful sleep. It can remove blocks in the body – physical, mental, emotional, creative, and/or spiritual; foster peace and compassion; relieve tension; empower goals and intentions; and heal past or present conditions. Sometimes you will experience physical sensations, sounds, messages, visions, all connected with the intention guiding the practice.
You do not have to believe in Reiki in order to experience the value/benefits from it, although a willingness to receive allows for a strengthened energetic connection. Reiki does not have any specific attachment to any spiritual or religious affiliation; it can only enhance your current spiritual/belief system.