Reiki is a technique of energy healing developed by the Japanese theologist Dr. Mikao Usui at the end of the 19th century. Reiki literally means “Universal Life Energy.” By laying hands on particular parts of the body, a practitioner becomes a conduit of this universal energy allowing it to move from the universe into the person being treated. This energy enters the person and a “conversation” happens between the person’s core energy and the universal energy so that appropriate healing can take place. It can be used as a complement to physical medicines for treating ailments of the body, and also can help a person’s energy align for deeper psychological or spiritual healing.
The feeling is generally one of deep relaxation and of becoming more “grounded.” Responses to treatment can vary from simply speeding up the healing of physical ailments, to profound answers to one’s inner-most questions. For me, Reiki, like meditation or acupuncture, helps me to feel more whole and at one with myself, the world and the people in my life; reducing anxiety and increasing confidence to make life decisions.
If you have never experienced Reiki, I encourage you to do so. It is a safe, non-invasive treatment with no side effects for children, adults, pets and even plants!!