(pronounced "Ray-Key") is the gentle art of laying on of hands. The
Reiki practitioner works with the subtle energy field of the client,
transferring energy to bring the body back into balance. Reiki can be
used when other modalities (example: massage therapy, chiropractic,
etc.) are contraindicated. Reiki can be used to decrease pain, energize
or relax the body, etc. It has been successfully used with cancer
patients to decrease nausea after chemo treatments. I often incorporate
Reiki energy during a massage therapy session to loosen tight muscles
or to relax a stressed-out client.
Reiki is an
ancient form of healing, long forgotten, and then rediscovered in Japan
in the late 1800's by a Dr. Mikao Usui. Dr. Usui was interested in
learning how Jesus and his disciples could heal by simply laying hands
upon the sick. He traveled the world; studying ancient texts to find
the healing technique he called Reiki ("Rei" stands for 'universal' and
"ki" means 'Life Force').
Many clients say that a
Reiki session is hard to describe, you "just have to experience it."
This is true; each Reiki experience is unique and different. It can be
powerful and energizing or soothing and relaxing. It depends upon the
goals of the client. There are many books, articles, videos, etc. about
Reiki and healing.
Essential Reiki: A Complete
Guide to an Ancient Healing Art by Diane Stein.