History of Reiki
Reiki is believed to be centuries old but was only reintroduced in the early half of the twentieth-century to Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui. From there, Reiki eventually made its way to Hawaii around 1938 where it was developed further under the care of Hawayo Takata. In the years before her death in 1980, Ms. Takata trained twenty-two others in the West to use and teach this healing system. From those original twenty-two, Reiki has spread around the world and is now used by thousands of people today.
What is Reiki?
Reiki (ray-key) is a hands-on system of natural healing which uses energy to promote well-being in the body. The word itself is Japanese and is translated as universal life force energy.
Reiki is a practice, which is able to access life force energy to foster relaxation, balance and health. Since energy is present in all things, it also infuses all levels of our existence. Therefore, Reiki has been found to be effective on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
What does Reiki offer?
Reiki offers a safe relaxing therapy that uses life force energy to bring about holistic healing. By the very nature of this treatment the best explanation will come from the experience itself. It has few equals in the world of traditional or alternative healing. Therefore, few analogies can be drawn from our everyday experience. Reiki is a therapy that is extremely effective at heightening the body-mind-spirit connection and bringing all of these levels of the individual into balance. By treating the body we treat the most tangible and accessible element of our existence. By relaxing the body completely and putting it at ease we are able to move inward to the mind. By calming the thoughts and stilling the mind we are able to move further inward to the spirit, thereby penetrating and effecting all the layers of existence. There is a powerful moment during a Reiki treatment where all of these areas come together as one, indivisible, each informing the other of its needs. From this experience we can gather tremendous strength and balance which ultimately leads to new levels of awareness and renewed commitments to wellness, creativity and growth. The Reiki treatment is a wondrously calming event which empowers us to deepen our awareness and expand our consciousness. The implications of Reiki are vast. If we are interested in exploring our spirituality or creativity or in overcoming physical discomfort or emotional distress, Reiki is the perfect tool to employ for any transformation.
Who can use it?
Anyone can use Reiki. The most important thing to acknowledge about Reiki is that it is primarily a relaxation technique. From a place of deep relaxation, the body has the opportunity to heal itself in a more effective way. The body is continually renewing itself. This is enhanced in a deep state of relaxation. With the added benefit of administering life force energy directly to the body, the results are often profound. Reiki is remarkably useful from treatment of minor aches and pains all the way to assisting in the recovery from chronic illness.
But Reiki also moves beyond the realm of the purely physical. Because this practice incorporates life force energy, it has the ability to impact the emotional and mental levels as well. The calming effects of Reiki are extremely soothing on an emotional level and may lead to shifts in awareness and perspective. One example of the mental impacts of Reiki is an increased ability for creative expression. The role creativity plays in my life has come to have more than a symbolic meaning for me since getting involved with Reiki. Julia Cameron wrote in her book The Artists Way, Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy. With the understanding that energy is the basic building block of all life comes the realization of just how vital a therapy like Reiki is. This understanding helps outline the benefits and define who qualifies for this kind of treatment everyone. A Reiki treatment is the best method available for aligning our physical experience to the emotional, mental and spiritual levels of our existence. And anyone can benefit from this gentle yet powerful prompting towards holistic health, vitality and longevity.
What to expect during a session/treatment.
A full treatment lasts anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes. The receiver remains fully clothed and lies on a massage table. The practitioner gently lays her hands on the receiver in a series of positions covering much of the body. Reiki is often grouped with other massage practices, but Reiki is not massage. There is no manipulation of soft tissue as is found in massage. The receiver may notice heat from the practitioners hands, or other sensations such as tingling or movement. One may care to talk, keep silent, sleep, or consciously experience the session. My suggestion would be for quiet reflection - if only because we dont find much time for that in our busy lives. By all means, do whatever is most comfortable for you and fitting to your personality. Always alert the practitioner to any discomfort or needs you may have. It is never an interruption if you need a blanket, tissue, glass of water, or a trip to the restroom. The treatment is always enhanced when both the practitioner and the receiver are comfortable. Other suggestions I would make would be to avoid attending a session under the influence of drugs or alcohol, wear comfortable clothing, and keep in mind that your body temperature may seem to drop when you become relaxed. If there is anything you would like to have addressed during the session, it is a good idea to mention it before beginning the treatment. Intention can be a powerful component to any healing situation.