Reiki is a great tool for stress reduction, calming and relaxation. Many people use Reiki for as a tool for wellness. Reiki is not a cure for a specific disease or illness, but Reiki is often used to assist the body in creating an environment to facilitate healing. Reiki is a great tool to use as a complement to traditional medicine and is practiced in many hospitals and medical care settings.
Reiki is the Japanese name for “Universal Life Force Energy,” which is energy present in everyone. Reiki therapy is a gentle touch therapy that involves the placing of the therapist’s or patient’s hands on various locations on the patient’s body to promote relaxation and a sense of calm.
Since the early 1990s, Reiki therapy has been used with greater regularity in healthcare settings and organizations. There are now over 1000 hospitals and healthcare systems in the United States that use Reiki as a complementary therapy. Reiki is not harmful to patients in any way, and it is safe to use Reiki in conjunction with chemotherapy, radiation, and medications used in the medical treatment of cancer.
Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.
Reiki is used in healthcare as a complement to—never as a substitute for—patients’ regular medical treatment and medications. Reiki supports the body’s natural healing abilities. This is an important point to remember.
With massage therapy, the masseuse manipulates the patient and with Reiki, the healer barely touches the patient, in a non-invasive and non-manipulative session. The practices are complementary and many massage therapy schools also teach Reiki healing techniques so they can be incorporated into graduates’ private practices. Some massage therapists use Reiki techniques during their massage sessions, which is referred to as a “Reiki massage”, to promote physical, emotional and mental well-being.