Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation, that also promotes healing. It is a form of Japanese Buddhist therapy involving manipulation of universal spiritual energy. ‘Re’ means ‘Universal’ and in this case is a term for an unseen spiritual quality, which serves as channel for ‘Ki.’ Ki is‘Life Force Energy’, some call it Source, Creation, God, Buddha, Chi, Qi, Prana, Love Energy, or similar. It stems from the idea that everything in the universe is made up from energy particulars. Science has proven that each cell in our bodies gives off small electromagnetic radio waves, almost imperceptible to all but the most sensitive of equipment. When this energy or life force is out of balance or blocked we become susceptible to emotional and physical health problems. The body is a complicated system of functioning parts each generating a frequency and a continually changing energy field. Reiki works in conjunction with these energy fields.
Reiki is a specific type of subtle, yet powerful energy work in which healing is performed by the touch of the hands and through intuitive connection of the practitioner with the source energy. Intention set by the practitioner works on a level that reaches natural states of being allowing deeper connection with creation and the flow of the universe. Source energy is also influenced by the power of thought and emotion. Reiki healing promotes a comfortable state of being and releases emotional and physical toxins. When we are relaxed and stress relieved, we are able to restore our natural ability to heal and to cope with life on life’s terms. This form of healing simplifies the complication we create energetically by bringing balance and clearing to the body’s spiritual energy centres.
Through the use of hand-positions, the practitioner is channeling pure energy through the body’s meridian lines that correspond to the seven major chakras on the body. Reiki is meant to encourage a state of deep relaxation, combined with a general feeling of well-being. Reiki treatment stimulates the body’s natural healing processes both physically and emotionally. The practice treats the person as a whole; body, mind and spirit, creating many beneficial effects that include feelings of serenity and fulfillment.