Reiki is an ancient, non-intrusive complementary therapy. A hands-on healing technique, Reiki enhances the body’s own innate ability to heal itself on all levels
Reiki - also known as - Hands of light, is a non-invasive, hands-on or hands off technique that focuses on healing the whole person — physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Translated from Japanese to mean “Universal Life Force Energy”, Reiki is healing energy transmitted through the practitioner’s hands. The energy may be experienced as warmth or a tingling sensation in the recipient, and it may detoxify, vitalize, and support well-being in all of the subtle bodies.
A client may experience a reduction in pain and nausea and a balancing of the organs and glands and their bodily functions. Mentally, help contacting the ‘healer within’ and relief from upset, anxiety, and depression may occur, as well as, restful sleep with more vivid dreams. Emotionally, Reiki eases depression, insomnia, lack of confidence, addiction, and fear-based illnesses.
Spiritually, Reiki leads to a more purposeful direction in life, and being more connected and in tune with others and the universe. Reiki can ultimately restore inner peace.
As Reiki energies flow between the practitioner and the recipient during the Reiki session, the two bodies may respond or react with particular sensations. Those sensations are nearly always pleasant. You may feel heat, warmth, cold, subtleness, steadfastness, or forcefulness. The fact that you can feel Reiki flowing, whether you are giving or receiving it, is verification that the energy is being welcomed.
What Does Reiki Feel Like
At the practitioner’s hand placements, you may feel a very slight tingling, heat, or energy, or nothing at all. The sensations or lack of are not a barometer of the Reiki, they are just how your particular body senses energy. You may feel a peace and calm in your mind or physically in general. It is different for all clients but deep relaxation is almost always felt.
Reiki works like a thermostat that regulates the body. Much like a furnace that automatically turns on and off to regulate the temperature, Reiki flows slowly or rapidly-as needed–to dispense balancing energies.
Like a pendulum swinging back and forth, Reiki sometimes moves erratically, other times smoothly. These fluctuations of ki energy churning within us can often be felt as pins-and-needles tingling, hot flashes, goose bumps, chills, throbbing, etc.
During a Reiki treatment, both the Reiki practitioner and the recipient may feel Reiki sensations. A practitioner’s hands will often heat up as a result of the flow coursing through his palms. The recipient frequently feels sleepy and yawns repeatedly as incoming Reiki energies soothe and calm pent-up emotional tension and stress.
You may experience any of the following sensations during a Reiki session: heat or coolness, pins-and-needle tingling, vibrational buzzing, electrical sparks, numbness, throbbing, itchiness, and sleepiness.
Some people are more in tune with their bodies than others and will be able to share fantastic stories about feeling the different sensations that occur while using Reiki. They will talk about experiencing imagery, kinesthesia, and/or inner voices while either giving or receiving Reiki.
Or You May Not Feel Anything
Reiki sensations can be very subtle and may be overlooked, but with continued practice most people will begin to notice even the slightest shifts of energy. A few people will seldom, if ever, feel anything with Reiki beyond the tactile sensation of hands-to-body touch.
Fortunately, Reiki works whether you feel it or not. If you are having difficulty feeling sensations while giving a Reiki treatment, try closing your eyes. Keeping your eyes shut eliminates visual distractions, which will help you focus more on the person and the sensations.
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***Reiki Disclaimer (Required by Law)***
* It is recommended that you see a licensed physician or licensed health care professional for any physical or psychological ailment you may have.
* Reiki is a natural method of energy balancing for the purpose of stress reduction and relaxation. It can involve "the laying on of hands" although this is not required for Reiki to be effective.
* Reiki is not meant as a substitute for medical or psychological diagnosis and treatment.
* Reiki practitioners do not diagnose conditions, nor do they perform medical treatment, prescribe substances, or interfere with the treatment of a licensed medical professional.
* Reiki does not compete with medical doctors and their treatments.