Exploring the Healing Practice of Reiki: What It Is and How It Works | OnlineReikiCenter.comApr 13, 2023
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a form of alternative therapy that originated in Japan in the early 20th century. The word Reiki is derived from two Japanese words: “rei,” which means universal, and “ki,” which means life force energy. Reiki is based on the belief that there is a universal life force energy that flows through all living things. This energy can become blocked, leading to physical, emotional, and mental imbalances. Reiki practitioners use their hands to channel this energy to help remove these blockages and restore balance to the body.
How Does Reiki Work?
Reiki practitioners do not diagnose or treat specific conditions, but rather trust that the energy will go where it is needed most. During a Reiki session, the recipient typically lies down fully clothed while the practitioner places their hands on or near the recipient's body. The practitioner may use a series of hand positions or simply place their hands where they feel guided to do so. The recipient may feel a sense of warmth or tingling during the session, and the experience is generally very relaxing.
The Effectiveness of Reiki
Many people who have tried Reiki report feeling relaxed and refreshed after a session. While there is room for more scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of Reiki, some studies have shown that it may be beneficial for certain conditions. For example, a 2018 study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine found that Reiki was effective in reducing anxiety and depression in cancer patients. Another study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2017 found that Reiki was effective in reducing pain and anxiety in hospitalized patients.
It is important to note that Reiki is not a substitute for medical treatment. It is considered a complementary therapy, meaning it can be used alongside conventional medical treatment.
The Benefits of Reiki
Reiki has been shown to be effective in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. A study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine found that Reiki was effective in reducing stress and improving mood in a group of college students. Another study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that Reiki was effective in reducing anxiety and depression in patients with chronic pain.
In addition to its potential mental health benefits, Reiki has also been shown to be effective in reducing physical symptoms. A study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management found that Reiki was effective in reducing pain and fatigue in patients with advanced cancer. Another study published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine found that Reiki was effective in reducing pain and anxiety in patients undergoing knee replacement surgery.
In conclusion, Reiki is a form of alternative therapy that involves the use of universal life force energy to restore balance to the body. It has many potential benefits for both physical and mental health. While more research is needed to fully understand how Reiki works and its potential benefits, many people have reported feeling more relaxed, refreshed, less stressed, and less anxious after a Reiki session. It is important to remember that Reiki is not a substitute for medical treatment and should be used as a complementary therapy.
Reiki is a wonderful practice that offers many potential benefits for both physical and mental health. If you are feeling stressed, anxious, or simply in need of some relaxation, I invite you to give Reiki a try. Find a qualified Reiki practitioner near you or someone who provides distance Reiki sessions and schedule a session to experience the healing power of Reiki for yourself. I hope that you find this article informative and inspiring, and I wish you all the best on your journey to health and well-being.
by Teresa Jantz, Reiki Master
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