What is Reiki?
is an ancient healing technique, promoting your health
by balancing the life force energy running through and
around you. Since it approaches your vital “energy,”
Reiki relates to the healing techniques generally called
“energy medicine,” “energy healing,”
or “energy work”. The National Center for
Complementary and Alternative Medicine classifies Reiki
as Biofield Therapy, affecting the human energy field.
This includes Therapeutic Touch, Healing Touch, Qigong,
so on and so forth. Reiki is, perhaps, the most popular
modality within this category in the U.S. Reiki could
be considered as an alternative or a complementary remedy,
but not legally authorized by governments.
Basic Features of Reiki
A Reiki therapist calls in a vital life force for healing,
flowing into you through hands of the therapist. Such
a vital energy is called variously among the traditional
healing schools; “Chi” in Chinese, “Prana”
in Sanskrit, or “Mana” in Hawaiian. All
of these traditions commonly believe that a human is
constantly receiving and returning the life force from
and to the surrounding field, in order to sustain liveliness
in cells, organs, and a whole system of the body. If
there is any restriction in this energy flow, your body
parts will be less nurtured energetically, thereby you
become more vulnerable to illness. The energy flow is,
in many cases, blocked by “tension,” which
is often associated with emotional and mental issues
such as anger, fear, loneliness, guilt, depression,
resentment, etc. These are also correlated with physical
diseases. Reiki is believed to be effective to reduce
those blocks, and bring back the balance into the life
force in its flow, its volume, and its vibration. When
your energy system is normalized, it would eventually
help to restore your inherent ability to maintain stability
in your body.
Effectiveness of Reiki
Reiki works very profoundly toward your inner potentiality.
Reiki initiates release in subconscious, unconscious,
and much deeper spheres. Hence, emotional and mental
relaxation is the most prominent effect of Reiki. Through
the Reiki session, most recipients find themselves deeply
relaxed, as if they awoke from the deepest sleep. They
have often noticed a sense of inner peace and tranquility.
When the mind relaxes, the body begins to unwind. This
has significantly positive effects on physiological
processes in the body. In this sense, Reiki is more
than a simple “relaxation” technique. There
is an inseparable body-mind juncture. When emotionally
or mentally strained, it alters blood flow and stagnation
results in oxygen deprivation in various tissues, nerves
and organs. Oxygen is a crucial substance for the normal
function of cells. Oxygen starvation leads to various
symptoms such as muscle aches, dizziness, fatigue, circulation
problems, poor digestion, etc. When Reiki works toward
the underlying cause of these physiological stagnations,
it could lead to significant relief from those symptoms.
Relief from chronic pain is a widely acknowledged effect
of Reiki. The normalized physiological flow also contributes
to releasing toxins out of the body.
Reiki could help to maintain internal stability, and
to strengthen the immune system. Reiki could prevent
infectious diseases like cold and flu. If one gets a
cold or the flu, Reiki will aid to healing quickly.
Below are examples of the effects of Reiki commonly
reported by Reiki therapists. Reiki possibly alleviates
the following conditions:
- Physical Effects: pain (headache,
muscle ache, arthritis, etc), digestive problems (diarrhea,
constipation, anorexia, etc), body fatigue, wounds
(shortening the healing period), asthma, etc.
- Emotional or Mental Effects: anxiety,
depression, loneliness, sadness, etc.
- Spiritual Effects: heightening
self-worth, releasing Karmic attachment, viewing the
self and others positively, connecting to the Divine
As mentioned in the above, the potential effects of
Reiki are enormous. However, Reiki may not always be
the best energy frequency to alleviate your issues or
illness. This is the problem in matching energy frequency.
A certain issue or illness requires a specific frequency
of energy to heal. When that requirement falls within
the range of Reiki energy, the outcome will be significant.
When it falls out of the range, the result will be moderate.
In order to make the Reiki session more effective,
a Reiki therapist requests your voluntary commitment
to release the issue. When your issue is resilient and
stubborn, it is because, in many cases, you subconsciously
or unconsciously perceive a benefit from it. Interestingly,
your ego does not care whether your body is healthy
or dying. Your ego concerns itself only about its own
safety. When the ego feels safer by holding on to the
illness, there is little room for a therapist to help.
Thereby, each of the Reiki sessions requires your willingness
to release the issue.
Safety of Reiki
Reiki is safe, because it is calling the life force
energy that is innate for every human. Reiki approaches
the innermost potentiality of a human to let the body
heal itself. You can combine Reiki with any other treatments;
for example with allopathic or homeopathic treatments,
body therapies, counseling and psychological therapies.
Any side effects or contraindications of Reiki have
not been reported anywhere in the health care community.
The potential risk with Reiki may be, however, on those
who rely on electrical medical instruments like a pacemaker.
Reiki may energetically affect such a device, if the
hand placement is too close to it.
Although Reiki is safe, it should be noted that you
may experience some kind of discomfort as a response
to Reiki. Reiki is promoting “healing,”
and it is not necessarily promoting “pleasure”
or “comfort.” The healing process is sometimes
associated with discomfort. For instance, you get a
high temperature when being healed of cold. High temperatures
are surely uncomfortable, but it is necessary for the
body to fight against the virus of a cold. Like that,
the healing process initiated by Reiki sometimes calls
in a certain discomfort because it is necessary. For
example, when a client with joint pain receives Reiki,
the pain may be worsened momentarily, and then followed
by significant relief. When you encounter such a discomfort
after the Reiki session, please do not be panicked,
and just let it go. If concerned, please consult with
a Reiki therapist.
Procedure of Reiki Session
You will have a consultation before and after the treatment
to discuss your issue, your concerns in receiving Reiki,
etc. Through the treatment, what you need to do is just
to get on the massage table, fully clothed, and to relax.
Before getting on the table, you need to take off metals
like jewelry and a watch that possibly affects energy
flow. A therapist will touch various parts of your body
(e.g., over eyes, shoulders, knees) very gently to transfer
the energy. A therapist will not touch any part of your
body that makes you uncomfortable. The treatment itself
will take about an hour. Thus, the whole process will
take approximately an hour and a half.
Brief History of Reiki
Reiki was developed by Mikao Usui (1865-1926) in the
early twentieth century in Japan. It is said that he
was struck by strong divine energy during his spiritual
practice (fasting) at Mt. Kurama, Japan, in 1922. His
experience could be called enlightenment. He instantly
grasped how to activate that energy for healing and
how to transfer its capability to others. He opened
his clinic in Tokyo and served more than one hundred
thousand people. Reiki waned in Japan after World War
II, because most of his direct successors were naval
Reiki in current Western societies is originated from
Ms. Hawayo Takata (1900-1980), a second generation Japanese-American,
who lived in Hawaii. She had suffered from numerous
illnesses, including a tumor, gallstones, appendicitis,
and asthma. She was miraculously healed with Reiki,
receiving it in Japan. She began learning Reiki under
Dr. Chuzabro Hayashi (1879-1941), who was a direct successor
of Usui. She opened her clinic in Hawaii, and trained
twenty-two Reiki Masters who gradually spread it all
over the world. It is now estimated that there are more
than five million Reiki practitioners worldwide.