Reiki is a Japanese technique used for stress reduction, relaxation and the promotion of healing. It is a hands-on, energy healing art that originated in Japan during the early 20th century and was developed by Mikao Usui. Usui said that the purpose of the Reiki healing was to bring peace, happiness and health to oneself and then to others. He developed the Reiki system of techniques that enabled practitioners to become effective healers.
Reiki is based on the theory that human beings (and everything) are made up of flowing energy. When our life force energy is low, we do not have the strength to carry out our daily life functions effectively or at all, often becoming ill or stressed. We are essentially out of balance. With the healing hands of a Reiki practitioner, our supply of life energy is increased and we are once again balanced, renewed and can heal. With a higher life force energy we are more capable of being happy and healthy. The application of life force energy, also known as “ki” or “chi”, through the laying on of hands has been used for thousands of years by most cultures throughout the world. One need not practice any form of religion in order to be a Reiki practitioner or to receive this therapy.
Reiki is a powerful yet gentle, non-invasive system that utilizes a gentle technique called “laying on hands”. A trained therapist places their hands on, or just above, the client at 12 receptive points of the body, remaining at each point for three to five minutes. Through this action, the therapist acts as a medium for healing energy (ki or chi) and through their hands the client’s flow of energy is strengthened. Healing then occurs within the physical, mental and spiritual planes of the client. Reiki treats overall symptoms including ailments of the body, emotions, mind and spirit, inducing beneficial effects like relaxation and well-being.