Reiki is an ancient healing practice that has existed for several centuries. This form of healing originated from Japan around the 1800s; thus, the name was similarly derived from the Japanese language. Henceforth, the name ‘Reiki’, when translated from Japanese to English, means ‘universal life force energy.’ Thus, Reiki healing involves manipulating this energy force by professional practitioners or patients through several Reiki techniques by placing one’s hands over the entire body or specific areas to be healed through transferring/aligning the energy fields around to promote healing.
Currently, this form of healing has been gaining popularity not only in the United States of America but all over the world. This is because individuals who have undertaken this healing process often attest to positive outcomes. A lot of controversies, however, still surround the Reiki healing since, until now, there is not substantial scientific proof that has been found confirming the positive healing outcomes of the process. Despite this, hospitals worldwide have also adopted the Reiki healing practice by incorporating it into their system as a supplementary treatment option to patients who may need it.
A procedural outline of what happens in a Reiki healing session
Reiki healing session is often conducted in any environment that both the patient and the practitioner are safe and comfortable. However, the most preferred setting is usually a peaceful one with some soothing sounds/music if preferred by the patient.
The first step is always instructing the patient to sit comfortably in a chair or lie on a table surface. They have to be fully clothed through the process.
The practitioner then usually places their hands lightly on or over specific areas in the patient’s body while manifesting their hands to form a variety of shapes. Therefore, the hands can hover over a region for about three minutes, after which they may move to the next region. For instance, if the patient has a wound, the practitioner may lightly place their hands over the wound to facilitate the anticipated effects.
It is during this time that the energy manipulation and transfer take place. Therefore, there may be feelings of warm and tingly sensations on both parties. The energy transfer process usually lasts until the energy stops flowing, and this is sensed by the ablation of the heat/energy in the hands. After this, they may move the healing to a different part of the body.
Health benefits associated with Reiki healing
The healing process by Reiki is said to tap into the popular universal energy, qi, commonly pronounced, ‘chi.’ Thus, those who have mastered the art of tapping and tuning in to this energy may effect healing by channeling it to the desiring patient.
Some of the Reiki experts and regular patients usually attest that the healing process encourages;
- Increased relaxation
- Increased natural healing process by the body
- Improved emotional, mental and spiritual well-being
- Reduced overall stress, among others.
Therefore, in general, this healing seems to be outstanding and very relaxing for patients.
Reiki healing has often been applied to treat several medical conditions some of which include;
- Heart disease
- Chronic pain
- Fatigue syndromes, among others.
Reiki healing practitioners
Reiki healing cannot be performed by just any individual. Thus, an individual has to undergo an intense training program of fasting, meditation, interacting with nature and releasing negative emotions. This is usually conducted by a Reiki Master. During the training, the Master usually transfers their knowledge to the student some of which include;
- Mastering of the surrounding energy
- How to heal with the universal energy
- The ethics involved in the Reiki healing world
Training advances the students through different levels of mastery. Thus, after attaining the highest level, the Master, they may also train others or heal through prayers from a distance without closely hovering around the patient.
Reiki healing is still not recognized as a formal treatment method due to the lack of scientific evidence. However, many healthcare practitioners in the medical field have slowly embraced it as a supplementary treatment option. Thus, many hospitals have also adopted the Reiki treatment. This sees to it that patients rarely opt for the Reiki treatment alone but get treated from both angles in a supplementary capacity. With the numerous range of benefits, you may try out the Reiki healing practice once in a while to help improve your overall health.