By SORAYA DIAZ
What is Reiki?
Thousands of years ago a unique discipline was developed that utilizes energy for healing purposes. It was rediscovered by Mikao Usui in the early 1900s in Japan.
Usui Reiki was introduced to the West via Hawaii in the 1930s thanks to a Japanese-American woman named Hawayo Takata.
The word Reiki is a Japanese term where Rei means “universal” or “ Higher Power” and Ki means “life force energy” or “universal life force.” So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”
Reiki is a universal life force energy that we all have. Receiving Reiki healing opens this channel of energy in order for it to flow more clearly. It is something we all have the capability of transmitting regardless of our background, religion, faith, beliefs, or confidence level.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to promote well-being.
Some of the benefits of Reiki include:
Help increase memory, clarity and focus of the mind
Induce a meditative state and self-awareness
Help strengthen and expand your spiritual path
Help conquers fears
Provide comfort during times of grief and bereavement
Promotes self-love and acceptance
Reiki is for everyone. It can be used safely by people of all ages and stages of life, from newborns to the frail and elderly. Many women receive Reiki sessions while pregnant. This is soothing for the expecting mother and the growing baby.
Reiki is also safe for animals.
How is Reiki practiced?
During a Reiki session in my practice, the client is placed on a massage table fully clothed in a relaxing and soothing environment using aromatherapy and meditative music. A trained Reiki practitioner will use specific hands-off techniques to facilitate the flow of energy throughout your body for healing purposes. This part of the session typically lasts 45 minutes, followed by a 15-minute consultation where the practitioner and the recipient share their experience.
What does Reiki feel like?
As universal energy flows from the Reiki practitioner to the recipient, both bodies respond and react to this flow of energy, causing various sensations. While feelings of deep relaxation are usually felt by everyone who has experienced receiving Reiki, it encourages us to let go of all anxiety, fear, and stress. Therefore, what we experience physically can vary from person to person.
During a Reiki treatment, it is common to experience any of the following sensations:
-Heat or coolness. Probably the most common sensation that occurs is feeling a significant amount of heat and/or coolness coming from the practitioner’s hands.
-Extra hands “touching” you. Many who have received Reiki have reported feeling like there were additional practitioners in the room and extra hands touching them. While this may be startling for some at first, it’s not at all uncommon and it’s something you should not be afraid of!
-Deep feelings of peace and inner bliss. Stress is a major contributing factor to the development of disease. Reiki is a form of meditation known to reduce the different levels of stress which accumulate in the body. People report a significant degree of relaxation of the body and an overall increase in feelings of internal peace and well-being.
-Vibrational buzzing and gentle, soothing shaking of the hands.
-Seeing flashes of colored light. Whether the recipient’s eyes are open or shut, it’s also common to see flashes of various colored lights. Each color has a unique energy to it, and each chakra has a designated color.
-Throbbing and pulsing sensation. It’s not uncommon to feel a pulsating or throbbing sensation in various parts of the body, especially in the areas the practitioner is focusing on. However, it can just as often manifest in areas of the body that the practitioner isn’t working on. This is because Reiki is an intelligent energy and, at times, will flow to the root of the problem regardless of where the practitioner directs our focus.
-Random thoughts and memories. Many people experience random flashes of memories during their treatment. This is because memories, whether good or bad, are heavily attached to us and can become stuck in our physical and mental bodies, causing blockages in our natural flow of energy. Reiki healing will bring emotional issues to the surface, helping us identify them. So when the recipient gets flashes of memories, it’s because Reiki is working on releasing these blockages.
Some additional sensations that can occur during a treatment:
-pins and needles tingling
All of these are fine! Reiki works just as effectively whether you feel it or not. So don’t worry if you don’t get any sensations at first. This is not important and it doesn’t mean that it didn’t work or you are doing something wrong.
Don’t be attached to sensations, as it can take away from the profound experience that a Reiki treatment can provide!
As Massage Therapists and Reiki Practitioners, we can practice Reiki as “hands on” and we can offer ReikiMassage, which is a combination of Reiki and Intuitive/relaxation Massage. Licensed Massage Therapists/Reiki Practitioners use their hands to deliver energy to your body, improving the flow and balance of your energy to support healing.
Love is energy, Reiki is energy; thus, Reiki is Love. We are surrounded by an environment filled with stress and excess tension, ultimately harming the mind and the body.
The best way to understand how Reiki works is to experience it.
Reiki is love, Reiki is inner bliss.
Angel Touch Healing Center
12579 Spring Hill Dr
Spring Hill, Fl 34609