Reiki is a form of alternative medicine called energy healing. Practitioners use a technique called "palm healing" or "hands-on healing" through which "Universal Energy" is transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to bring about emotional or physical healing.
Reiki energy is the non-physical force that flows through all living things, and animates all living things. Life force plays an important role in everything we do. It enlivens the body as well as the emotions, thoughts, and spiritual life.
How Does Reiki Work?
Life force flows within the physical body through pathways called Chakras and Meridians. It also flows around us in a field of energy called Aura. Life force nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. When this flow of life force is disrupted, it disturbs the functions in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body. The life force is responsive to thought and feelings.
It becomes disrupted when we accept, either consciously or unconsciously, negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves or others. Negative thoughts and feelings do not disappear into thin air; rather they attach themselves to the energy field and cause blockages. According to Quantum Physics, thoughts affect the arrangement of the atoms that make up the physical bodies. Negative thoughts can, if allowed, diminish the vital functions of the organs of the physical body.
Reiki heals by flowing thorough the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibrations of the energy field in and around the physical body where negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart. In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens, heals, and balances the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way.
While giving a Reiki treatment, the brain wave patterns of the practitioner and the receiver become synchronized in the alpha state, characteristic of deep relaxation and meditation, and pulsing in unison with the Universe magnetic field. During these moments, the bio-magnetic field of the practitioners' hands is at least 100 times greater than normal. The linking of energy fields allows the practitioner to draw on the Universal energy field. Since life force is guided by a Higher Intelligence, it is drawn to where the body needs it most, sometimes not where one would expect it to go. The healer is only a channel for this gentle and loving energy. The healer or the healer's mind, cannot guide it, therefore it cannot be misused.
Receiving Your Reiki Treatment
A Reiki treatment can feel like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through you and surrounds you.
The practitioners' hands are placed systematically on the your body in 22 recommended hand positions which are held for 3-10 minutes in any one place. You may feel heat or even a cooling sensation. Some people feel gentle tingling in the hands or feet, while others feel strong waves of energy surging through the body.
Sometimes a release of emotions can occur and tears will flow, an irritation may appear, there may be a laugh of relief, or you may fall asleep.
After Receiving Your Reiki Session and Moving Forward
A "healing response" may occur in days or weeks following healing. Is is traditional within Reiki to think in terms of a 21-day period of clearing out or cleansing, as the energy starts to work on you.
Each person is different and Reiki can have different effects. A healing "crisis" is a healthy sign that the toxins in the body are being released. With the release of toxins there may be side effects, which usually last for 3 days. Drinking healthy amounts of water will help with removing some of these toxins out of the body.
Sometimes, during a treatment or shortly afterwards, it is possible that you can have "old" conditions re-emerging. This is because of the moving energy breaking down toxins, which will normally disappear quite quickly. It is important to remember and understand that Reiki can never harm.
People often ask how many treatments they should have. Ideally, three treatments close together, on consecutive days.