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The touch of a hand is increasingly recognized as being important and also absent in much of modern medicine. Reiki as an alternative and complementary therapy provides the soothing comfort of human touch. This can make a world of difference to someone in pain. Reiki is a natural and simple way to achieve healing at all levels: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Reiki is a Japanese word for “spiritual energy”.
Reiki allows you to feel deeply relaxed, calm, and peaceful. The gentle touch of the practitioner’s hands serves to transmit the higher-level healing energy to you. Anyone of any age, religion, or health status can benefit from Reiki. Some characteristics of Reiki are that it is:
Reiki is practiced all over the globe, and the Reiki techniques presented in this clinic include those commonly used from both Western and Japanese schools. Reiki is not religious. Reiki is totally nondenominational. You can practice any religion (or none) and still use and benefit from Reiki. Founder Mikao Usui was influenced by the religions of his country, Shintoism and
Buddhism. But Reiki isn’t associated with any religion, and people of all faiths and beliefs are Reiki practitioners. Reiki isn’t New Age either, but a complementary and alternative medicine that contributes to the treatment of many conditions through the use of what is referred to in medical literature as “caring gentle touch”.
Reiki is not massage or reflexology. It is an energy-healing system and not a manipulative system (hands moving the body). Reiki is distinct from reflexology and massage. Like acupuncture, there is still much about the theories and practice of Reiki that are not understood by modern science, but more and more mainstream health practitioners are seeing the benefit of Reiki therapy in their patients, despite the lack of scientific research.
The energy field surrounding the human body is also called an aura, and it can be sensed with the hands, visualized with the eyes (with some practice), and photographed with special techniques. Scientific instruments have been developed that can detect these subtle energies, which are also called biomagnetic forces. Some studies can even detect the subtle energy coming off an energy practitioner’s hands.
The practitioner will move their hands to different parts of your body as a way to direct the Reiki. At times their hands will lie on your body, and other times they’ll hover above your body. You may feel a sensation of heat coming from the practitioner’s hands. Each person experiences Reiki in his or her own way. You may feel tingles or shivers during Reiki. Energy waves are passing through your body, you may drift off to sleep, or you may feel a deep sense of calm and relaxation. It is always a pleasant and relaxing experience.
Reiki can be used by the whole family – from infants and children, to adolescents, the elderly and even pets! There is no contra-indication to Reiki treatments as it has been used to assist wellbeing in many forms of both mild and severe illnesses. It can be used to alleviate the effects of stress and anxiety and is also used in combination with other therapies, or alongside conventional medicine, such as in cancer therapy. So regardless of what health condition you suffer from, Reiki can be of benefit in assisting you to feel calmer, more energetic and full of vitality.