Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a gentle, non-invasive form of mind-body medicine for relaxation and overall well being. It was developed as a healing method in Japan about 100 years ago by Dr. Mikao Usui and is now practiced worldwide. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Although it can be thought of as a spiritual practice as well as an energy healing technique, Reiki is not affiliated with any religion and is practiced by people of any faith as well as secular people.
Reiki treatment involves light touch on or slightly above the body and can be offered with the client lying down or seated in a chair, fully clothed. During a Reiki treatment you may feel sensations of deep relaxation, inner peace, warmth and comfort. The energy that is channeled from the hands of a Reiki practitioner is believed to break up and wash away negative thoughts and feelings, clearing the path for the flow of your life force energy. Reiki is appropriate for people of all ages — from infants to elders. Some of the benefits of Reiki treatments may include:
- Reduction in stress and anxiety
- A sense of deep peace and tranquility
- Feelings of overall well being
- Renewal of spiritual awareness and insight
- Inner stillness, allowing a deepening connection with self
- Support for conventional medical treatment
Reiki is an excellent complement to quality medical care, but it is not a cure for disease, and should not replace treatment by a licensed health care professional.