Different hand positions in Reiki energy medicine:
Place the hands on top of the head, wrists near the ears and the fingertips touching the crown of the head.
Place the palms over the closed eyes and fingers resting on the forehead.
Hands are placed on the sides of the head, palms over the lower jaws, fingers covering the temples, and thumbs behind the ear and
Place one hand on the back of the neck, at the base of the skull, and other hand on the head just above it, parallel to it.
Place hands around the front of the throat, and rest them there gently with the heels of the hands touching in front.
Place each hand on top of a shoulder, close to the side of the neck.
Place left hand on the chest covering the heart and the right hand above it, covering the upper part of the chest.
Place hands flat against the front of the body with fingertips touching. Let it rest for 5 minutes and repeat this 4-5 times, moving down a hand-width each time. Pelvic region is covered with a v-shape of the hands. The whole process is repeated at the back starting from shoulders and ending by forming a T-shape with the hands at the base of the spine.
Reiki practitioners also use mental visualization to send healing energy to areas of your body. During a no-touch healing process, the practitioner’s hands are held just above the body. Using intuition and experience, the practitioners determine the areas of your body that needs energy healing.
Some Reiki practitioners also use crystals such as rose quartz, tourmaline, amethyst, moonstone or anything else during sessions to help patients release emotional, mental, or spiritual blocks. There is no proper scientific evidence that shows crystals improve healing, but some patients have reported feeling calm when crystals were placed on or around the body.
You need to consult a qualified, professional Reiki practitioner and discuss the problems and health symptoms or emotional wounds you want to address. And specify your expectations from the session. Don’t forget to mention your physical injuries or if you are uncomfortable with anything related to practice or would like to use the no-touch technique. Please know that there is no talking during the session. So, it’s better to get a clear view of the process, rules and ethics associated with it.
Scientific Evidence of Reiki’s Healing Power
When cancer patients undergoing regular treatment received 30-minute sessions of distant Reiki for 5 days they experienced less pain and anxiety when compared to the patients who only received medical care.
Similar effects of Reiki were seen in women following cesarean delivery. Post-operation, these women required less pain killers. However, there was no effect of this healing technique on their blood pressure and heart rate. Some practitioners claim successful healing in patients with asthma, arthritis, trauma and other chronic illnesses and Reiki is also reported to help patients in recovery from surgery.
One study compared the healing effects of Reiki and physiotherapy and found that both approaches are equally effective in relieving pain, but Reiki is more cost-effective and gives instant relief. People with anxiety and depression who received 30 minutes Reiki sessions for 2-8 weeks showed improvements in their mood when compared to those who did not receive Reiki.
Some health practitioners claim that Reiki only evokes a placebo response while some argue that it is a fraudulent practice. This debate is going on for years, but the popularity of this healing technique is growing by leaps and bounds. Maybe because it’s not harmful and people are highly likely to try things that do no harm or burn their pockets but improve overall wellbeing.
According to U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, Reiki may not be useful for any health-related purpose but does not seem to have any harmful effects, if it is used alongside other treatments.
No doubt Reiki offers plenty of health benefits. But, most studies that validate the health benefits of Reiki are small and there is a need for larger studies to expand on these findings and find out if it can treat any disease or replace a doctor-approved treatment plan.
Please note no content on this site, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.
If you are experiencing any sort of physical or emotional pain consult a doctor and discuss if you need Reiki therapy along with a conventional treatment plan.
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