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What is Reiki Energy Healing?

What is Reiki Energy healing?

Reiki energy healing has become a popular modality in complementary therapy. It is being used in hospitals, spas, wellness centers and clinics worldwide.

Reiki is an energetic healing system that dates back at least 2,500 years, there is evidence that Buddah used a similar technique. The Reiki system that is used today was developed in the 1920’s by a Buddhist scholar in Japan, Dr. Mikao Usui.

Reiki is a safe, gentle, hands on technique that uses life-force energy to treat physical ailments. It is more a holistic system for balancing, healing and harmonizing all aspects of the person
to include body, mind, emotions and spirit. You may have also heard it called “Laying on of Hands.” It assists and complements any other form of therapy one might be using. In its long history of use it has aided in healing virtually every known illness and injury including more serious problems such as multiple sclerosis, cancer and heart disease.

All living things have a life force energy that flows through them. In Oriental terms it is called Chi. Our Chi emits an energy field around our bodies. Don’t believe me? Put your hands palm to palm an inch apart without letting them touch. Close your eyes; now slowly move your hands apart and then closer together. Do this for a couple of minutes and just relax. Do you feel a sensation between your palms? It may feel like a pulsing or warmth. That’s because you are alive and giving off energy. Have you ever “felt” someone in the room with you before seeing who was there? It’s all energy. A comforting hug, a kiss, rubbing your child’s scrape. You can’t see it, but you can learn to feel it.

So how does Reiki work? When you receive a Reiki treatment you may have a particular problem to address. You lie on a table, clothes on. The Reiki practitioner hovers her hands over your body as she senses the areas where your energy field is interrupted. A physical issue usually has an energetic component to it or lack of energy around an area afflicted. The practitioner will hold her hands over an area of the body that needs healing and will act as conduit to assist in focusing the universal energy (energy around us from ALL living things) to your body. It may feel warm, tingly or cool. Sensations are normal. You may become emotional as it works to release blocked energy within your body. You may feel very tranquil and sleepy afterward while others may feel energized.

The wonderful attribute of Reiki is that the energy will go wherever your body needs it most. Reiki is so gentle that people with major injuries or illness that cannot tolerate touch can receive therapeutic healing work. It can even be done long distance, without the recipient being present.

You can tune into the energy around you by practicing the palms together, then imagine that energy in your hands is a ball as you move your hands, arms and body around without losing the “ball” of energy. The more you practice the stronger you feel the energy. Let me know how you make out with this exercise.

I will be offering a Reiki level 1 class in March if you are interested in learning this simple technique. You can even use it on yourself, your plants and your pets as well as your friends and family!

Audrey Filardi