Reiki Energy Work
Here at the Center, we are often asked variations of the question: What is Reiki and does it really work?
First, let’s go back to the basics. Reiki is a form of Energy Medicine that is used to heal the body by activating its’ natural healing energies. Reiki practitioners help to restore energies that have become weak by channeling and moving this energy back to a state of balance within the body. There are many schools of energy healing in addition to Reiki, including Therapeutic Touch and Qigong.
Reiki is both a powerful and gentle practice. There is minimal or no touching during a session; rather, the practitioner places their hands in a series of positions on or slightly above the body to facilitate healing. This activates the body’s relaxation response, creating a safe space to allow the body to balance itself. Instead of a physical approach to massage, a Reiki practitioner is focused on your energy and how it relates to your overall wellbeing. Reiki is different from many other treatments in that it is always beneficial and works to improve the effectiveness of all other types of therapy. It will give you what you need in that moment, be it an energy boost or a release of tension.
While you may have never heard of the practice of Reiki, it is uniquely rooted in the Asian culture and can be traced back over 2,500 years. Though, the Reiki practiced today has modern roots that began in the early 1900s. The Japanese word “Reiki” means “universal life-force-energy” and “Qi” is the Chinese word for the all underlying energy. Reiki is a system for channeling that underlying energy for the purpose of healing. In its long history of use it has aided in healing virtually every known illness and injury including: multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and cancer as well as skin problems, cuts, bruises, broken bones, headache, colds, flu, sore throat, sunburn, fatigue, insomnia, impotence, poor memory, lack of confidence, etc.