I get many questions about different types of massage/bodywork/healing out there. One type of therapy is Reiki, pronounced: ray-kee. Reiki means Universal Life Energy. Sound kind of woowoo and “out there”? It’s not. We all carry a vibration, something that resonates….us, who we are or what we’re feeling in a particular moment. The best way to describe this is to think of a time you went to go out to dinner with another couple, for instance. You went to pick them up, and you just know, feel, that they’ve been fighting. It’s an uncomfortable feeling, shifting eyes, fake attempts to be cheerful and “ready to go” with a pitch to the voice that’s just not right. This feeling hangs in the air, you walk into it, feel it and know. You are picking up the vibration, or energy, of that person, or people. I think this is so easily discernible because the feelings are so strong.
Some people are more sensitive to it than others and have a natural gift. Some of us work to develop the skills more deeply. I’ve been told, and believe, that we all possess these talents. Anyone can learn. It’s like tuning in to a radio station. On one side it’s really fuzzy, go too far the other way, nothing. But, tune in just right and you have perfect sound, clarity, no static. This is what developing your Reiki healing skills is like.
So, these feelings and energy are all around us at all times. We can tap into them for healing and balancing the energy that is out of balance. The person guiding the Reiki tunes in more clearly to a balanced state of being, and helps either themselves or another person, or animal, in healing. It never harms, is very calming and relaxing. The practitioner may work just off the body, not touching them, or putting their hands in certain positions gently. Reiki is usually done with clothing on, and often, I incorporate it right into a massage session.
These ideas of energy date back to ancient yoga texts. I learned that it was possible that Jesus used Reiki, or a form of it, in his hands on healing. There are MANY documented cases of healing with Reiki. An invaluable site is the local practioner and healer, William Lee Rand. From his site, here are a few things that Reiki may help with:
“Reiki has had a positive affect on all forms of illness and negative conditions. This includes minor things like head or stomach aches, bee stings, colds, flu, tension and anxiety as well as serious illness like heart disease, cancer, leukemia, etc. The side effects of regular medical treatments have also been reduced or eliminated. This includes the negative effects of chemotherapy, post operative pain and depression as well as improving the healing rate and reducing the time needed to stay in the hospital. Reiki always helps and in some cases people have experienced complete healings which have been confirmed by medical tests before and after the Reiki treatments. However, while some have experienced miracles, they cannot be guaranteed. Stress reduction with some improvement in ones physical and psychological condition are what most experience.”
A few Reiki books to further explore are:
Essential Reiki by Diane Stein
The Reiki Touch by William Lee Rand (Comes with cards, Dvd and Cds)
The best way to experience Reiki is to try a session for yourself!
I am a level 3 practioner, or Reiki Master. Appointments available ~ 313.617.9535