Reiki therapy is a way of guiding energy throughout the body to promote the recipient’s self-healing abilities. Reiki belief system and that of the practitioner is that they don’t cause the healing, nor are they the source of that healing energy; they’re a channel for the energy. The word “Reiki” is a combination of two Japanese words: “rei,” which means “God’s wisdom,” or “the higher power,” and “ki,” which means “life force energy,” according to the International Center for Reiki Training.“Ki is the life force energy that animates all living things,” Put together, and “rei” and “ki” mean “spiritually guided life force energy.
Reiki is a spiritual practice, like meditation is a spiritual practice. Reiki is taught at three levels. First-level practitioners can practice on themselves or others through light touch; second-degree practitioners can practice distance healing; and third-degree or master level practitioners can teach and initiate others into Reiki.
*It is important to note that Reiki should never take the place of medical treatments. However, people living with certain health conditions may be interested in trying Reiki alongside their regular treatment.
Reiki is a very simple and powerful healing that aids to balance out the energy systems of the body which often leads to improvements in health, better stress management, and an overall improved sense of wellbeing.
The belief is that if someone’s life force energy is low or blocked, they are more likely to become ill or encounter imbalances.
If someone’s life force energy is high and flowing smoothly through the body (i.e., through the meridians), then the person is more likely to be resilient to disease and be happier, healthier and more in balance.
The goal of balancing the person’s energy is very similar to that of acupuncture or acupressure. The main difference is that, with Reiki, the Practitioner does not necessarily need to touch the body — Reiki can be done “hands-on” or “hands-off”. It can be done in person or via a distance healing session.