The word reiki is made of two Japanese words. Rei which means “Universal” and Ki which is “Life Force Energy.” So Reiki is “Spiritually guided Life Force Energy.” Reiki is a type of energy healing and a form of spiritual practice, used as a complementary healing modality, for physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual conditions. Reiki is best held in a peaceful setting, but it can be carried out anywhere. The patient will sit in a comfortable chair or lie on a table, fully clothed. There may or may not be music, depending on the patient’s preference. The practitioner places their hands lightly on or over specific areas of the head, limbs, and torso using different hand shapes, for several minutes.The hands can be placed over 20 different areas of the body. If there is a particular injury, such as a burn, the hands may be held just above the wound.
While the practitioner holds their hands lightly on or over the body, the transfer of energy takes place. During this time, the practitioner’s hands may be warm and tingling. Each hand position is held until the practitioner senses that the energy has stopped flowing. When the practitioner feels that the heat, or energy, in their hands has abated, they will remove their hands and may place them over a different area of the body.
Reiki can accelerate self-healing, bring emotional clarity and spiritual growth, reduce depression and anxiety, facilitate detoxification in the body, helps strengthen the immune system, boosts energy reserves and promotes a sense of well-being, helps to relieve stress, heightens self-awareness, improves sleep, etc.