In Japan the word, “Reiki”, is a general term for healing. It’s a joining of “Rei” – the univerial energy – and “Ki” – the word for life energy (the equivalent of “Chi” in China or prana in India). What we mean by Reiki is a specific healing method that is several thousands of years old. It was rediscovered and presented by Japanese Maiko Usui (1865-1926). He called it “Usui Shiki Ryoho”, a method used for natural healing.
What is Reiki healing?
Everything around us consists of energy – including our human bodies themselves. We mainly speak about the body having seven energy centers – also known as chakra. The body consists of a network of energy paths, meridians that are used during acupuncture, amongst other things, aligned with Chinese theories.
The energy provides power to our organs, cells and psyche. If the flow of energy is disrupted, so will the functions of our body, and energy blocks can occur.
There is a strong connection between the body, soul and mind. That is why our thoughts and feelings can affect our flow of energy and the flow of the body. Long-term negative thoughts create blockages. These blockages can express themselves physiologically, thus we might experience symptoms of illness.
Reiki heals the body through the energy that flows within and through our body, thus dissolving the blockages and charging up the body with positive energy. In other words, the frequency of energy in the body increases and looses up the negative energy, which will then be removed. Once the energy flows again the body has a chance at healing itself.
It’s important to break old habits in order to avoid new blockages from coming back. Changing old patterns and bad habits should be looked upon as a process and not something that happens over night. This process can take different amounts of time for each and every one of us. It’s easier to change our patterns once we are aware of them.
How does it work?
Reiki treatment is a soft, calm, and relaxing treatment where the reiki healer places their hands in different positions, thus activating the person’s natural abilities to self-heal. It’s not the reiki healers themselves that radiates energy. The healer works more as a channel that activates the energy within the person being treated.
Although, it’s important to recognize that each treatment is tailored to the individual. Some feel the affects of reiki right away, while others barely feel anything. This doesn’t imply that one is better than the other – reiki gives the same healing to all. It’s essential to know that the reiki-practitioner solely is a channel for reiki energy, and never one that uses or emits their own energy. This is why neither the healer nor the receiver of healing can transfer energies onto one another.
Reiki has had a large breakthrough and become widely accepted worldwide as a form of treatment. Research and documentation has been done to prove that reiki treatment contributes to health and wellbeing by increasing the output of hormones that are pain relieving and stress reducing. This in itself helps contribute to, and strenghten, the body’s immunesystem.
In other countries, such as the USA, reiki is more commonly used as a compliment within the healthcare industry, especially after surgery. Since 2007 it’s been offically approved in Sweden. Reiki is also approved as alternative medicine by WHO. There are over 2 miljon Reiki practitioners worldwide!
What happens during a treatment?
First we sit down for a consultation, and I explain a little more about the treatment in detail and the process. Then the treatment is held on a comfortable massage bed with relaxation music in the background. You will be fully clothed during the treatment, so it’s advised to wear comfortable clothes. After the treatment we sit down and talk about how it felt, if anything came up, and how we move forward after the first treatment.
Typically, a few treatments are required to really feel the affects of reiki healing. Of course this is dependent on the individual and their blockages.