Exploring Reiki Therapy
Reiki therapy is based on an Eastern belief that vital energy flows through your body. The idea is that a Reiki practitioner uses gentle touch -- or places their hands just above your body -- to help guide this energy in a way that promotes balance and healing. Reiki has been studied for conditions like pain, anxiety, and depression. It’s a complementary treatment, which means you use it along with proven traditional medical treatments. It doesn’t cure or get rid of any health conditions by itself.
How Does Reiki Work?
You lie on a massage table, fully dressed, while a practitioner places their palms on or just over different body parts that are thought to be hubs for energy. The practitioner positions their hands in up to 15 different ways. They decide how long to leave their palms in each spot based on the flow of energy that they perceive they’re feeling through their hands.
Even though you’re resting on a massage table, the practitioner isn’t giving a massage, using pressure, or manipulating your joints. They’re simply using gentle touch at most. You might feel sensations like heat, tingling, or pulsing where their hands are, or throughout your body. Or you might not notice any changes. Some people get so relaxed that they fall asleep.
Anyone who trains with a “Reiki master” and completes an apprenticeship, along with one or more rituals. There’s no national certifying exam to take, and states don’t have licensing requirements. The rituals involved in becoming a Reiki practitioner are part of a process called attunement, during which a Reiki master “opens” what they believe are energy channels in the person’s body.
There are different degrees of attunement. Reiki students, clients, and practitioners believe that:
- First-degree attunement gives someone the ability to practice Reiki on themselves and others with touch.
- Second degree gives someone the ability to practice it mentally from a distance without direct touch.
- Third degree (also called master level) gives someone the ability to give other people attunement rituals.
Talking about types of Reiki, there are 5 core types which are:
- Usui Reiki (Western Reiki)
- Jikiden Reiki (Eastern Reiki)
- Karuna Reiki
- Lightarian Reiki
- Sekehem or Seichim Reiki
Now that you know what Reiki is and what types of Reiki are commonly practiced, you may be wondering why should you opt for a Reiki treatment when you can go talk to a therapist about your emotional conditions and visit a physician for physical issues. Here are some reasons why Reiki treatment is better and more beneficial for you
- Increased Energy
- Relief From Stress and Anxiety
- Promotes Better Sleep
- Gentler Than A Massage
- Spiritual and Emotional Growth