What is Reiki?

The goal of a Reiki session is to maximize your body’s ability to heal, and to bring your mind, body, and spirit into balance.

Reiki is a form of energy healing. It is a Japanese word that means universal life force. In Reiki, hands are placed lightly touching or just above the body (“laying on hands”). Reiki can also be performed long distance, in the form of meditation.

In a Reiki session, the goal is for the Reiki practitioner to transmit to the client Universal Life Energy. Using this practice, the objectives are:

  • To create an atmosphere of deep relaxation,
  • To help speed up the healing process,
  • To reduce pain, and
  • To have a positive effect your overall wellbeing.

We know that Reiki is an ancient form of healing, although its precise origins have been lost over the centuries. We do know that it was rediscovered – or at least reintroduced – to the world by Dr Mikao Usui, a Japanese allopathic physician, around 100 years ago. It was Dr. Usui who first used the word “Reiki” – meaning universal life force – to describe the process.

How Reiki Works

First, it is important to state unequivocally that Reiki works. For decades, there have been those who have questioned its validity and effectiveness. But more recently, studies have shown that Reiki is effective in treating a variety of disorders. For this reason, established and respected medical facilities, including, for example, UCLA Health (which includes UCLA Medical Center), have now integrated Reiki into a variety of their programs.

Everyone would like their body, their mind, and their spirit to be in harmony. Reiki is a holistic method of doing just that, and more. It is a technique that relaxes, reduces stress, and promotes healing. The process of laying on hands is designed to increase your life force energy – Ki. While we’ve said that Reiki is used to create deep relaxation and to assist in the healing process, in fact it is in use, at UCLA for example, for support of cancer patients, for positive effects on certain acute coronary symptoms, and more.

Benefits of Reiki

The traditional benefits of Reiki – stress reduction, healing, and pain reduction – are just the beginning of how Reiki can have a positive effect on our lives. In addition, various studies have shown that Reiki can also have positive effects on a variety of other conditions, including medical conditions. According to the Mayo Clinic, The Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, The Cleveland Clinic, as well as other major medical facilities, Reiki is effective not only to reduce stress, but also

  • Reduced muscle tension,
  • Acceleration of the healing process,
  • Improved sleep,
  • Reduction in anxiety,
  • Pain reduction,
  • The need for less pain medication,
  • Shorter hospital stays, and
  • Faster healing.

The Mayo Clinic also reports that Reiki benefits include a reduction in muscle tension, a reduction in nausea, improved sleeping, and acceleration of the healing process. And if there is one phrase that sums up what Reiki can do, it comes from The Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, which states that Reiki “improves [the] overall quality of life.”

If you are interested in obtaining the benefits described above, contact us for an appointment.