Many people ask what is Reiki? Others claim they know exactly what it is because they may have experienced it at some stage. Briefly described it is a healing modality which can be applied during an alternative or complementary healing session.
There are many Reiki practitioners all over the world, and there appears to be many different variations of the techniques and applications used. For those who have experienced this modality the reactions can vary from “ I believe it is great for healing the body.” Or, “I tried it once and really enjoyed it.” Or alternatively they may say “Some of my friends had Reiki and wasn’t quite sure what it was.”
So how can you explain Reiki for those who have heard about Reiki but never actually experienced Reiki?
The word "Reiki" comes from the Japanese words "rei" (universal) and "ki" (life energy). Reiki is a type of energy healing. As an energy healing technique it is largely applied to the energy fields around the body by a Reiki practitioner who uses their two hands with a variety of motions. The aim is to try and help unblock ‘blocked or stagnant energy which may stagnate in the body where there has been physical injury or where there may be blockages caused by emotional trauma. If not dealt with, it is believed that these energy blocks may contribute to long-term illness.
Reiki has been around for thousands of years. It is reputed that Reiki was originally developed in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist called Mikao Usui. Mikao Usui is reported to have taught thousands of people the Reiki method during his lifetime and in the years that followed the Reiki method became popular in many countries all over the world as a hands-on healing technique.
How is Reiki applied?
During a Reiki session a fully clothed patient or client may stand, sit on a chair or lie on a therapy table.
The practitioner then uses different hand shapes and movements, as they place their hands lightly on or above specific areas of the head, arms, legs and torso, hold each position for up to 4 - 5 minutes. If there is a particular injury, such as a burn, the hands may be held just above the wound.
The main aim of Reiki is that whilst the practitioner or therapist holds their hands in each position a transfer of energy is taking place. The practitioner is guided by their intuition and experience to determine how long to hold each position so as to unblock any energy blockages and thereby allow the free flow of life force energy through the patient / client’s body.
Some Reiki techniques have titles such as; Reiki centering, Reiki extracting, reiki raking or Reiki clearing. A session of Reiki can last anywhere between a short Reiki session of approximately 15 minutes to possibly 60 or even 90 minutes depending on the particular health problem. It is reported that Reiki helps to aid relaxation, assist in the body's natural inner healing processes, and help maintain physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.
Reiki is described as being "a very relaxing experience."
No previous training, education, or experience is needed to become a Reiki practitioner. Reiki training includes an "attunement proces." during which the “Reiki master” is said to transfer the attunement energy and healing techniques into the student.
There are three levels of mastery. Reiki 1, Reiki 2, and Reiki 3. When one becomes a " level 3 Master" they can then teach others how to apply Reiki.