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Reiki is a gift of love to yourself that lasts forever.
-- Reiki Master Yumnah El



What Is It?



Reiki comes from two Japanese words - Rei and Ki - which mean Universal Life Energy.


Reiki is a gentle technique in which the practitioner channels Healing Energy to the recipient.  It is not the practitioner who 'heals' the individual; the healing comes from the Universal Life Force that flows through the practitioner.  The practitioner uses stationary hand positions on various points of the body and channels the Healing Energy through the palms of the hands.  These positions activate the body's natural ability to heal itself.  Reiki can be performed with or without body contact.


The main purpose of the Reiki session is to restore and balance the natural life-force energy.  It aligns the chakras and channels energy to the organs and glands.  It can be used as a form of health maintenance, disease prevention, relaxation, and energetic healing.  It can be used to treat physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual distress, whether it is chronic or acute, because it works on all of these levels simultaneously, if needed.  It goes deeper than the superficial symptoms and works on the root causes of the dis-ease.  It helps the client achieve focus and clarity so that healing can progress.


While Reiki is very spiritual in nature, it is not a religious ritual.  There is nothing that you must believe in in order to receive the Healing Energy, and you can be a member of any religion and receive it without conflict with your beliefs.  The Universal Healing Energy is there for you, whether or not you believe in a god.  Reiki will work whether you believe it or not.


Reiki practitioners believe that we are alive because the Life Force, which connects us all, flows through us. It flows both within the physical body and around it (our aura). The Life Force is nourishing, and it supports the functions of all of the body cells.  When the Life Force becomes disrupted - by negative thoughts, physical trauma, spiritual emptiness - the vital function of the cells are diminished and dis-ease begins.  The Life Force is an intelligent energy, and, because it knows what is needed by the recipient, it flows to wherever it is needed most.  Reiki energy flows through the affected parts and charges them with positive energy - both within the body cells and within the aura where the associated negative feelings and thoughts are.  Reiki clears the energy pathways and permits the Life Force to flow in a health-giving and balanced way.


The only other belief that a practitioner must have is the ethical one of wanting to promote peace and harmony. The Reiki ideals are as follows, as written by the founder, Mikao Usui:



The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine of all diseases:
Just for today, do not anger.
Do not worry and be filled with gratitude.
Devote yourself to your work. Be kind to people.
Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer.
Pray these words to your heart and chant these words with your mouth.
Usui Reiki Treatment for the improvement of body and mind.



In a Reiki session, the client is always completely clothed.  The client usually receives the treatment lying down.  The practitioner places his/her hands in particular positions on or above the body and moves his/her hands every few minutes, following various energy centers and pathways from the head to the toes and from the front to the back.  



For How Long Have People Been Practicing It?



Reiki was developed in the early 1900s by Mikao Usui in Japan; he called it Usui Reiki Ryoho.  Today there are many variants of Reiki and each has a slightly different name.  Reiki is an art that is passed on from teacher to student; each student must received a series of training sessions and initiations in order to practice.



What Are The Benefits of It?



Reiki can improve the quality of your life by:




  • increasing energy

  • bringing on deep relaxation

  • slowing respiration

  • balancing circulation

  • soothing nervous headaches & migraines

  • eliminating insomnia

  • relieving muscular & skeletal pains

  • increasing immunity & cleansing body toxins

  • reducing shock, bleeding, bruising




  • reducing stress

  • creating a feeling of peace and well-being

  • relieving stress, anxiety, nervous tension

  • lessening bereavement & increasing connectedness

  • calming agitation

  • lifting depression, blues

  • soothing shock




  • balancing the body's energy

  • increasing focus for meditation

  • connecting one with vital life force

  • releasing block energies

  • increasing body's vibrational frequency




  • speeding the healing process

  • increasing concentration



Reiki can be used alone or in combination with other forms of treatment.  It does not conflict with medications or medical procedures of any type.  It, in fact, enhances all other forms of treatments, whether they are alternative or allopathic.


Reiki can be used on young or old.  It can be used on people, animals, pets, and inanimate objects.  It can be done directly or used over long distances.



What Can I Expect In a Session With You?



Reiki is a natural process, helping the body to heal itself. It requires trust and patience. I offer Reiki treatments in a serene environment of professionalism and confidentiality. 


The first session usually lasts one hour and fifteen minutes.  At our initial meeting, you will be given a short assessment form so that I can detail your current medical history and  lifestyle. After we review the contents of your assessment, we will focus on your healing goals for this visit.  Just before the massage, you will be requested to remove all jewelry. You will asked to lie down, fully clothed, on a massage table.  I will  place my hands in particular positions on or above your body and move my hands every few minutes, following various energy centers and pathways from the head to the toes and from the front to the back.  The temperature, level of lighting and music in the room can be adjusted to your comfort. 


For about 45 minutes, you will relax while the Healing Energy does its work. The treatment itself is a very relaxing; no pressure is used throughout the massage. When the Healing Energy that is flowing through my hands is working on a physical level, you may perceive it as warmth, coldness, or a wonderful wave of well-being; when it is working on an emotional or spiritual level, you may perceive it as a sense of relaxation or one of your senses may pick it up as, for example, a color, a sound, or a memory.  Reiki always works for your highest good.


At the end of the Reiki session, you will be left to rest for a short while and may get up slowly.  You will leave with the gift of having had an energy massage that will leave you feeling relaxed yet energized.


The number of sessions you will need depend on your condition and lifestyle.  We will work out a healing plan before you leave so that you can book another appointment before you leave. Subsequent sessions last about one hour. 


A treatment feels like a a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through you and around you.  You may feel results immediately or you may fee them up to a few days after the treatment.  If your condition is acute, you might feel immediate and complete relief; if your condition is chronic, you might need a few sessions in order to see significant results.  Even though the results you get may be different from the ones that you expected, they will be exactly what you need at the time.




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