Conventional treatment plans whether it for physical or mental health issues take time and medications do have side effects. Do you want to try something safe and cost-effective alongside the medical care that can help you heal faster? Then it’s time to know about Reiki and its healing power.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is an energy healing technique developed in the mid–1800s by Dr. Mikao Usui. Since then it is practised in several parts of the world. The term “Reiki” is derived from the Japanese words “rei” (universal) and “ki” (life energy) and together Reiki means ‘universal life energy’.
Our body is surrounded by an energy field, which is central to its health and proper functioning. Energy flows and courses through the body using certain pathways. Stress, physical injury or emotional issues can block or weaken this energy flow. Reiki works by permeating universal energy in our body (known as “prana” in India). Practitioners identify and alleviate problems of energy flow in our body.
Usui intensely studied the secrets of healing with hands and referred to many ancient books. He said healing starts when you become aware of and tap into the universal life energy or force. Usui also claimed he had a spiritual experience, which enabled healing with his own hands. He then dedicated his life for healing the sick and poor in Kyoto, Japan.
Reiki therapy involves calm and concentrated touching with hands-on different body parts or areas that correspond to chakra centres to send healing energy. This is why Reiki is also known as the hands-on-healing or touch healing method. This simple procedure of transferring energy from the practitioner’s palm to the patient’s body can remove energy blockages and restore normal energy flow in the receiver’s body. There are no side effects to this technique, according to Ann L. Baldwin, PhD, a Reiki researcher and professor of physiology at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine.
Ancient Ayurvedic medicine, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine are also based on the same concept of energy flow and tapping on the energy meridians to improve wellbeing. People who receive Reiki can only feel an improvement in energy flow and it cannot be measured by any scientific techniques.
Depending on your healing needs the expert may focus and hold a specific body area for 3-10 minutes and the total session may require 20-90 minutes.
There are many hospitals providing Reiki and some may offer free of cost as a part of palliative care. Paid sessions may cost from $30 to $100 and are not covered by insurance, because Reiki is not treated as a treatment for medical issues but an adjunctive therapy that can help support healing and improves the feeling of well-being.
Health benefits of Reiki
Practitioners say that Reiki aids in the body’s natural healing process. People who receive Reiki claim that this practice gives them deep relaxation and allows them to cope with problems in life. Also, this healing technique relieves emotional stress, stimulates the immune system and helps people develop mental and spiritual well-being.
Patients who have tried Reiki sessions claim to feel energised, enjoy good sleep and are better able to navigate their thoughts – according to the University of Minnesota.
Reiki practitioners say that this alternative health approach does not directly cure illness or disease, but helps in managing symptoms. It helps in treating the following health conditions:
- chronic pain
- heart disease
- Cancer (improvement in anxiety and pain management)
- Crohn’s disease
- fatigue syndromes
- neurodegenerative disorders
- Insomnia, headache, tension, nausea
How is Reiki practised?
During the session, you are instructed to comfortably lie down on a mat or a massage table in a peaceful setting with relaxing music playing in the background. While you are covered with the blanket, the practitioner will gently move their hands around your body using different hand positions for the head, shoulders, stomach and other parts. The focus is on healing and giving energy to specific areas of your body.