When we’ve had an anxious or tiring week, we usually book a spa session for the weekend, but have you considered Reiki? Reiki healing is a powerful way to feel better and less stressed with minimal effort on your part.
Reiki (pronounced ray-kee) is a healing practice that originated in Japan. It is also considered a spiritual practice by many because it is energy-based healing that improves the health and quality of life of an individual.
Reiki is performed by a trained practitioner on the client with or without the use of crystals. It requires the practitioner to channel the universal healing energy and transmit to the client through a series of hand positions on or above the body. This process is said to affect the energy fields around the body and unblock any stoppages of energy.
The history of Reiki
The term Reiki literally means universal (rei) life energy (ki) in Japanese. The practice was founded by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and has been passed through generations of Reiki Grandmasters to become the Reiki that we know today.
Reiki is a form of complementary alternative therapy that is meant to be used alongside other conventional forms of treatment. It is completely non-invasive and non-manipulative so is safe for those with recent surgeries, burns, open wounds or physical injuries.
What are the benefits of Reiki?
Reiki healing can be used to help with a plethora of illnesses and conditions stemming from physical, mental or spiritual issues. It is essentially a technique that lowers stress and promotes relaxation.
While the medical community cannot agree upon the scientific evidence of its efficacy, Reiki has amassed a growing league of believers who have experienced the healing effects.
In Australia, Reiki is offered in several major hospitals in conjunction with medical treatment and has been shown to have the following positive effects:
- Reduces the negative side effects of any long-term treatment
- Speeds up healing
- Alleviates pain
- Lowers stress and anxiety related to treatment
The other reported benefits of Reiki healing include:
- Lowered blood pressure and risk of heart disease
- Improved sleep quality and reduced insomnia
- Relief from pain, fatigue and anxiety
- Treating depression and other mental health conditions
- Boosting the quality of life
- Treating headaches, migraines and nausea
- Creating a general sense of optimism and well being
As an alternative therapy, the effects of Reiki may not be the same for any two individuals, but it usually offers a warm and deep relaxation.
What are the medical reasons for the benefits of Reiki?
Reiki is still being studied as an alternative form of medical treatment, with more research emerging every year. The most compelling evidence for the benefits of Reiki comes from personal anecdotes of individuals who have experienced immense healing. It is not for nothing that Reiki is now a part of treatment in hospitals and healthcare facilities globally.
You can find a number of medical papers with extensive studies and backing here with research on many of the benefits.
Can anyone try Reiki healing?
Reiki is a form of therapy which is natural in every sense. It has no religious affiliations or background and is available to all.
As a complementary form of treatment that is so gentle and non-invasive, Reiki offers only the benefits of feelings of wellbeing and relaxation without any risk or concerns. With no negative side-effects and considerable evidence of the benefits of Reiki, it is considered safe and is offered across Aussie medical institutions like hospitals, palliative care hospices, community service settings and nursing homes.
What should I expect during a Reiki healing session?
For your first session you will spend some time with the practitioner to discuss the process as well as your expectations or intentions. At this time, you should inform them about any medical conditions you want addressed or if there are particular places in your body that require attention. Do highlight any injuries or places that are sensitive to touch.
A typical Reiki session will proceed as follows:
You will lie on a Reiki table or chair for the treatment. You may even be covered with a blanket.
The practitioner usually plays soft, soothing music but it can also be performed in silence. Sometimes the practitioner may use crystals to help harness the energy.
The practitioner places their hands on or above your body, focusing on your head, shoulders, stomach, and feet for approximately 3 to 10 minutes each.
You may experience a sense of warmth or cold, a tingling, some twitching, or a rumbling tummy.
A complete Reiki session can last from 60 to 90 minutes and involves minimal talking. Just relax and let the healing energies take over.
In addition to the above, you may experience other sensations. Do not attach meaning to whatever arises: simply observe and allow it to pass. The depth of your experiences increases as you go through more sessions and relax into the process. It is pleasant to receive and people often report a deep feeling of relaxation and calm as the main benefits of Reiki.
Are there any side effects to Reiki healing that I should be aware of?
Reiki is a non-invasive form of therapy which is considered to be extremely safe. It has no known harmful side effects. The only concern may be for individuals with past trauma if they are uncomfortable lying in a room with a stranger. Other than that, Reiki is considered safe for all individuals and helps to create a physical and mental environment that facilities healing.
Remember, Reiki is not meant to replace any medical treatment plan but be used in conjunction with other traditional forms of medicine. It is always advised to consult your doctor when planning to use Reiki for healing purposes and to aid with any medical conditions. You may also use it alongside other complementary treatments such as acupuncture or massage.
Is there anything else I should know about Reiki healing?
When considering a Reiki treatment, it is best to be guided by a medical practitioner or specialist, especially if you are suffering from a medical condition. Bear in mind the following points about Reiki:
It is not a treatment for any medical conditions; it is at best a complementary alternative therapy.
Be wary of any Reiki practitioner who claims to be able cure serious diseases or prompts you to abandon your conventional medical treatment.
Never be afraid to question your practitioner’s credentials, training and professional association membership.
Reiki does not involve any physical manipulation, nor will you be required to remove any clothing.
Can I learn Reiki healing?
Those looking to learn the art of Reiki must go through an attunement process. This is usually done by a Reiki Master who has attuned to Level Three, the highest possible level of Reiki. The attunement process is necessary to open up your body to receive and accept the universal healing energy and it is something that stays with you for the rest of your life.
There are three levels in Reiki and you can choose how far you want to learn. There are many courses across Australia to provide you with the training. A course typically lasts around eight hours.
Once you have completed Level Three, you become a Reiki Master. You do not require any health board licenses to be certified of the same and are free to study and practice Reiki as you see fit.
Do not rush through the sessions. Allow some time between each course to gain some experience and refine your skills. Once done, you are free to perform Reiki on other people, plants, animals and yourself.
Whom should I approach for Reiki healing?
When looking for Reiki treatment you need to find a suitable Reiki professional. A professional is one who has gone through at least the second level of a Reiki and is properly insured. They must be adept with first aid skills and be members of a professional Reiki association.
In most countries there are Reiki associations for all practitioners. They have a set of standard of practice and codes of ethics that guides the Reiki healers. You can begin your search by looking for these professional associations. Alternatively you might like to find a practitioner in the following ways:
- Get a referral from family or friends
- Search online
- Seek advice from your doctor
- Get a recommendation from a yoga studio or massage clinic
- Approach a Reiki training center or a community Reiki center
The cost of a session can vary widely depending on the duration of the session and your location. Do check if your health plan covers the cost of Reiki before making a booking.
This free flow of positive universal energy may provide you with an immediate sense of relief by relieving tension, reducing stress, and replacing negative energy with positive. Reiki believes this positive energy to be the life force injecting new life into a stressed and worn out body.