Reiki is a form of hands-on, natural healing that uses universal life force energy. The term comes from the Japanese words “rei,” which translates into universal, and “ki,” which means vital life force energy that flows through all living things. This gentle energy is limitless in abundance and is believed to be a spiritual form of energy. It is not tied to any specific religion or nationality.
The Reiki practitioner is the conduit between you and the source of the universal life force energy. The energy flows through the practitioner’s energy field and through his or her hands to you. The energy does not come from the practitioner; it comes through the practitioner from the universal source. There is no energy drain on the person giving the treatment. You may experience the energy as sensations such as heat, tingling, or pulsing where the practitioner places her hands on your body, or you may feel these sensations move through your body to other locations. This is the energy flowing into you. Some people may not perceive any change at all. Most people feel very relaxed and peaceful. Many clients even fall asleep while receiving Reiki treatment.
Reiki was developed by a Japanese man named Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 1900s. Its popularity has spread all over the world, and is now used in many medical facilities, such as hospitals and hospices. Reiki allows you to accomplish healing of yourself by helping you become energetically balanced physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
What Reiki Treats
Reiki can help lessen symptoms and side effects of traditional treatments
Reiki is not specific to any particular types of diseases or conditions. Because it works on the entire self – mind, body and emotions – and because it is universal life force energy, it may be successful in all types of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing, depending on your needs.
Examples of patients seen by Reiki practitioners at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine include those with the following conditions:
- All types of cancer
- Fertility issues
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Psychological illnesses
- Pre- and post-op patients in the hospital main campus
- Chronic pain
- Digestive problems
- Stress-related diseases
Benefits of Reiki
A Reiki treatment may:
- bring a peaceful, deep relaxation
- dissolve energy blockages and tension
- detoxify the body
- support the well-being of the client who is receiving traditional medical treatments that are debilitating, such as chemotherapy and radiation, surgery, kidney transplants, etc.
- supply universal life-force energy to the body
- stimulate the body’s immune system
- help to relieve pain
- stimulate tissue and bone healing after injury or surgery
- increase the vibrational frequency of the client on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels
During a Reiki treatment, patients lie on a massage table, fully clothed. Typical treatments are 50-minutes in length. The Reiki practitioner gently places her hands on your body in specific energy locations during the treatment. The length of time that she leaves her hands in each position is determined by the flow of energy through her hands to you at each location. There is no pressure, massage or manipulation.
Reiki Complements Traditional Medicine
Reiki is a complement to traditional medical or therapeutic treatments. Reiki complements all other types of medical and therapeutic treatments. However, it is not a substitute for consultation with a physician, a practitioner, natural therapeutics or a psychotherapist. Reiki can increase the efficacy of all these other types of healing.
If you already are in good health, regularly applied Reiki treatments (about once a month) enhance your ability to respond to unhealthy elements in your environment and help you to handle stress. Reiki is great as a preventative medicine, promoting the harmonious distribution of energy.