Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key), is a Japanese energy technique. The term “reiki” comes from the Japanese words “rei,” meaning universal, and “ki,” meaning life force energy.
Reiki as we know it today, was developed in the 1920s by the Buddhist priest Mikao Usui. It is reported that other styles of Reiki were being practiced before Usui developed his method, however these earlier styles aren’t as widely known or well documented.
Reiki was developed to work with the energy fields around the body. It involves the transfer of universal energy from the practitioner’s palms to the client’s energy body.
During a session, a practitioner will place their hands lightly on or near the clients body to help improve energy flow and to remove energy blocks. Practitioners use a series of up to 15 different hand positions on and around the body. The duration of time that hands are held in each position will be determined by the energy flow at that particular location. The practitioner is acting as a conduit between the client and the source of the universal life force energy.
There is some scientific research into the benefits of Reiki, and there is an abundance of anecdotal evidence.
- Promotes Relaxation
- Boots sleep
- Improves mood
- Brings on a meditative state
- Reduces stress
- Alleviates tension