Reiki - A Natural Healing Art

- by Oriethyia

The term Reiki comes to us from the Japanese, and means, roughly, "universal life force energy." The practice of Reiki is a non-invasive, non-manipulative, laying-on-of-hands in which the practitioner opens themselves to this healing energy and transmits it to the body of the client. It accelerates the body's natural ability to heal itself, helping to bring the body, mind and spirit back into balance.

Reiki acts as a wonderful support for people going through stressful or transformational times. People use Reiki for help in their recovery work, to assist in healing with any number of acute or chronic ailments, to reduce stress, to enhance their own wellness. And Reiki is making its way into the mainstream of medical care. A recent issue of RN Magazine had a cover article on Reiki in nursing; there are several surgeons around the country who now routinely have Reiki practitioners come into the OR during certain procedures. Many HMOs, noting that people who receive regular Reiki treatments use less medication with greater results, have begun recommending Reiki for some clients.

In a typical treatment session, you relax fully clothed while the Reiki Practitioner gently rests her hands on several areas of your head, chest, torso and back. During a treatment, some people feel warmth or heat or coolness. Most people get very relaxed; some even fall asleep. Almost invariably, after the hour and a half long treatment, one feels a profound sense of peace.

Both for people dealing with the physical and emotional effects of stress, pain, or illness, and for those who just want to maintain their well-being, Reiki is fast becoming a profoundly useful component of today's blend of western and complementary therapies.