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In a Nutshell, What is Reiki? Can it Benefit You?

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

The Universal Life Energy of Reiki Captured in a Nutshell

There's been so much written about Reiki . . . here it is in a nutshell and how it can help you!

The word Reiki is when written in Japanese kanji with the meaning of Rei = Universal and Ki = energy. And yes, you guessed it, Reiki is an ancient form of energy healing made significant in the late 1800's by a Dr. Mikao Usui. He developed a school teaching 2000 students with the method of Usui Reiki Ryoho.

In the method's name, Reiki means the True Self while Ryo means to cure or heal and Ho meaning the teachings, truth. There are many that say Reiki has been around for about 1000 years or more.

But really, what is Reiki?

What Reiki is, is a form of vibrational energy healing that reduces stress and induces deep relaxation. That said, with the premise of when a person or animal’s body is in balance and stress free, the body will initiate self-healing much like the regeneration and healing that takes place when we sleep.

Reiki is offered by a trained practitioner or Reiki Master who lightly and gently lays their hands on the body facilitating the flow of Universal energy into the recipient. The same quality of energy can also be offered just above the body because where energy is concerned, there are no constraints by space and time, even over great distances.

What do people or animals feel when receiving Reiki?

Physical sensations such as tingling, warmth, hot, cold, tummy gurgling, muscle twitching and even falling asleep can be experienced. These are all forms of energy release.

This gentle life force energy addresses the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels and goes where it needs to go activating the body’s capability and intelligence to initiate self healing. And because of this, uniquely, a person may feel a bit emotional, pain free, floating, light and a sense of well-being at the end of a session. Animals may feel these sensations, too.

Overall, Reiki is holistic as it works in balancing in mind, body and spirit simultaneously. Because it is energy, it cannot do harm.

What is Reiki good for?

Reiki can virtually work with any kind of ailment. Stress and anxiety are two of the leading complaints that clients ask about. Physical pain of migraines, fatigue, injury, post-surgery, menstrual discomfort, fibromyalgia, and depression are some others. Reiki may also bring up mental and emotional concerns in which can be bothering a person and that need to be addressed. This loving energy is calming, peaceful and soothing.

No, Reiki is not a religion however, should one wish to explore the spiritual aspect of the practice, one can learn how to offer Reiki for self-healing and others which can also lead to discovering one’s true self.

Many people have been helped . . .

Apart from those who have received Reiki world-wide, with proven benefits, in about 800 hospitals, as well as in some of the leading hospitals in the US and Canada, patients are asking for Reiki during their hospital stays. It has been found that it can reduce side-effects of some medical treatments such as chemotherapy and post-surgery pain.

With the demand, hospitals have set up Alternative Complementary Integrative Therapies programs to help patients in their healing. It’s important to note that Reiki does not replace traditional medicine but complements it.

So, can it benefit YOU?

Well, here it is. A BIG Yes!

As a complementary therapy, Reiki taps into the body as a whole, not separating this part from that part. Through its ability to help the body de-stress, deeply relax, be at rest, Reiki promotes energy balancing and healing to take place. It benefits if you are fatigued, feeling out of sorts, in pain.

During a Reiki session, it amazingly works with our parasympathetic system, our body’s intelligence, so that when we are at rest, the body naturally then does what it does best, restores and heals. It helps if you have an open mind but, you don’t have to believe in it.

And that’s it in a nutshell!

Finding yourself more curious or wanting to feel or learn Reiki healing? Connect with me. I am here to support you.

Reiki Blessings


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