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What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese word meaning universal life energy. It is a non-intrusive method of hands-on healing that taps into the energy referred  to  by  philosophers  and  martial artists as ki in Japan, chi in China and prana in India. The practice of Reiki is based on the  teachings  of  a  Japanese  man,  Mikao Usui, who taught and practiced Reiki in the late  nineteenth  and  early  twentieth century’s. Research into the source of Usui’s work points to ancient Buddhist sutras and teachings of great Eastern masters, as well as his own meditation practice. Usui put his inspiration  to  good  use over  the  next century Reiki spread throughout Japan, and then the world.

Reiki is not massage, hypnosis, or a tool for diagnosing illness. Reiki is a technique that  triggers  the  body’s  natural  healing abilities. Reiki healing is a natural therapy and  a  pure  energy  form  that  promotes balance  and  the  normal  regenerative processes of the body and mind, especially when combined with the sincere desire of a willing recipient.

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Reiki in Health Care

Used  by  a  rapidly  growing  number  of hospitals  all  over  the  world,  Reiki complements  medical  treatment,  natural therapies. 
Reiki is being successfully integrated into numerous clinical settings to complement medical  care  and  psychological counseling.  It  is  gentle  enough  to  offer support  and  reduce  the  discomforts  of pregnant women and can help ease the pain of childbirth

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What is a Reiki Session Like?

A Reiki session is very simply performed. The practitioner places his or her hands on or near the willing participant in a series of hand positions, moving around the head, shoulders, stomach and feet and working on  both  the  front  and  back  side  of  the body. 


The  effects  vary  from  individual  to individual, but most people experience deep relaxation. You may perceive a tingling or pulsing sensation, a feeling of warmth and comfort, or you may even fall asleep.

 
It  is  possible  you’ll  experience  powerful sensations  or  emotions  during  or  after  a session but results are sometimes subtle.

Some recipients say they feel little during the session but afterwards enjoy a sense of calm and well-being, and a deep restful sleep. 

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Reiki Research

Medical  research  has  focused  upon verifying  Reiki’s  effects  rather  than explaining how it works. The results are impressive. Studies have shown a ‘highly significant  reduction  in  pain,’  including cancer pain, following Reiki treatment and surgical  patients  often  have  shorter hospital  stays  and  experience  quicker healing  with  the  use  of  pre-  and  post- surgical Reiki sessions. Another study cited improvement  in  immune  and  nervous system functioning and increased mobility in  patients  with  conditions  such  as multiple sclerosis, lupus, and fibromyalgia.