How Does Reiki Work?
Reiki therapy has been used as a healing medium for thousands of years. Studies done in the medical field have shown that reiki improves well-being by decreasing stress, a common precursor to many forms of illness. People of all ages and physical ability can benefit from reiki. By increasing energetic circulation it stimulates the body’s own healing force. Research has shown that the effects last up to 48 hours, for this reason a series of treatments is recommended. Reiki therapy is used by some clients to decrease recovery time from physical exertion or illness. Some conditions that can be treated with reiki include but are not limited to aches, pains, fatigue, stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression, emotional discomfort and spiritual issues.
What Happens During a Reiki Healing Treatment
In a reiki enrgy healing session, not involving massage, the client can remain fully clothed and will begin typically on a therapy table lying face up. The practitioner will start by asking questions to discern the clients’ needs and wishes for the session as well as any and all pain issues wanting to be addressed. This is the time when the practitioner will be formulating their program and intention for the given session.
During the session eyes may be closed or open and the practitioner will typically utilize touch and non-touch techniques. Light music, a fountain and dim lighting will be used for relaxation and moderate chit chat or complete silence may be observed whichever is most comforting. The practitioner will begin by calling forth the reiki energy and use whatever special techniques they may have planned for a given session for optimal healing potential.
Traditional reiki typically involves the practitioner running through a series of holds while administering the reiki energy through different energy grids on the body both front and back and then sweeping away the energetic debris from the aura. Crystals, essential oils and guided meditation can also be included as additional tools for energy healing and chakra balancing.
Sessions can be any length of time but usually anywhere from 60-90 minutes. The client will be extremely relaxed after the therapy and it may be necessary to wait a period of time before driving. The client should drink plenty of water for the first few days after a session as the reiki will remain working for several days after the session.
Reiki is totally safe and completely harmless and a therapy can be received 1-2 times per week or more if necessary. It is normal to have heightened emotional sensitivity for a period of time after the session which is a good sign that negative emotions are being released. The overall extent of healing power resides in the faith of the person receiving. The more the client believes in reiki’s well-known healing abilites the greater the effects that will be attained.