Reiki is a spiritual energy healing practice which originated in Japan. It is neither a form of massage therapy nor based on any religious belief.
The word ‘Reiki’ was coined from Japanese words ‘Rei, which means ‘supernatural’ and ‘Ki’ which means ‘energy’; it refers to the supernatural energy which flows through channels known as meridians in the body of all living things. This energy is meant to flow freely through the body but the reverse is the case in a sick person.
Referred to as palm healing, the healer or Reiki practitioner heals a patient by channelling energy from her hands to the patient’s body. This can either be done through touch or by placing her hands on the patient’s body. Channelled energy induces the body to heal itself.
A person in a healthy physical, mental and emotional state has free-flowing energy, while blocked energy signifies a weakness in energy levels or the person’s state of health, according to the University of Minnesota’s Centre for Spirituality and Healing.
A Reiki session can restore a person’s energy flow and alleviate stress. This is most likely the reason why a lot of people use Reiki sessions to treat anxiety, pain, reduce stress and manage depression. It is currently being integrated into some medical healthcare systems to help patients cope with cancer.
Reiki was rediscovered by Mikao Usui, a Japanese monk between the 19th and 20th centuries. Hawayo Takata, a Japanese- American woman, brought the practice of Reiki to the West in 1937 after visiting Japan for a while. Although the forms of Reiki practised have evolved, the same ancient technique is still passed down to generations by practitioners and master teachers. Here are some of the latest Reiki courses London practitioners offer.
A Reiki session often lasts for one hour or one and a half hours. Prior to the commencement of the session, the practitioner describes to the patient what the session entails. Afterwards the patient either lies on a massage bed or sits in a chair for her session to begin. The patient is not required to take off her clothes though the shoes might need to be removed if she chooses to use a massage bed.
The practitioner can either touch the patient’s body lightly or allow her hands to hover above the patient’s body while she channels the healing energy. Although there is no medical proof to back up the existence of “ki” in the body or to explain the mechanism with which Reiki heals, it is said to be highly effective.
Reiki is not known to have any adverse effects on the human body and this is most likely why more people are choosing it as a form of alternative medicine.