Reiki FAQ

What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced RAY-KEE) is universal energy. Cultures throughout the world have systems of drawing energy from the universe and projecting into a patient. This energy seeks to correct any imbalances in the energy of the patient, so that they can heal themselves.

What is Reiki system?

The Reiki system is a spiritual practice developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui.  The system combines exercises and training from various systems, including Shintoism, Buddhism, and Shugendo. Reiki is popularly recognized as an energy healing technique where the practitioner channels energy into the recipient through light (or no) touch. This energy activates the natural healing processes of the recipient.

How Does Reiki Work?

Reiki is an energetic practice, meaning it affects the energy body. Reiki helps charge up the energy body and increase its ability to maintain the physical body. In more general terms, Reiki supports the body’s ability to repair itself. Reiki does not heal anyone; the person who is sick does the healing.

Your energy body has various components to it, much like your physical body – energy organs (chakras), energy channels (meridians or nadis), and energy skin (aura). Energy (ki, chi, or prana) flows through the channels and supports the aura and chakras. Sometimes the energy becomes blocked. Sometimes a chakra becomes clogged or the aura bets a tear in it. Reiki aids the energetic body to correct these issues so the energetic body can support the physical body.

What can Reiki do for me?

Some of the many benefits I and many others have enjoyed in Reiki sessions include the following:

  • Creates deep relaxation and aids the body to release stress and tension
  • Accelerates the body’s self-healing abilities
  • Aids better sleep
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Can help with acute (injuries) and chronic problems (asthma, eczema, headaches, etc.) and aides the breaking of addictions
  • Helps relieve pain
  • Removes energy blockages and adjusts the energy flow of the endocrine system bringing the body into balance and harmony
  • Assists the body in cleaning itself from toxins
  • Reduces some of the side effects of drugs and helps the body to recover from drug therapy after surgery and chemotherapy
  • Supports the immune system
  • Increases vitality and postpones the aging process
  • Raises the vibrational frequency of the body
  • Helps spiritual growth and emotional clearing

What does Reiki energy feel like?

Reiki treatments are different for everyone. Some people feel Reiki as warm, some people feel it as cool. Some people will feel a tingle, and some people will feel nothing at all. Regardless of the actual sensation, Reiki treatments are relaxing, calming, and soothing.

What happens during a Reiki treatment?

During a Reiki treatment, the client is fully clothed and asked to sit in a chair, or lay down on a massage table.. The practitioner will place his hands over, and sometimes touch, certain areas of the body and direct Reiki energy into the body. Sometimes, the practitioner will wave their hands over the body. This is a scanning techniques where they seek to “feel” energy imbalances.

Each practitioner develops a different style in their practice. Some work on chakras or meridians, some work on specific organs, and some just treat the whole body from head to toe, using specific hand positions. No one system is more correct than the others; they all benefit the patient equally.

What will an attunement feel like?

Attunements are an initiation process in Reiki system. Everybody experiences it differently – some people see colors and some hear music; some people are energized and others are relaxed. And some feel nothing at all. In the end, the sensation is not the important factor, but the event.

The attunement does not give you anything, it simply helps you use what you already have. An attunement process is an aligning and opening of the individual’s energy body. Some equate the process to tuning an antennae to the proper frequencies.

What happens after an attunement?

The attunement brings your energy closer into alignment with Reiki energy, allowing you to draw the energy from the Universe. The attunement can have a powerful healing effect on the recipient. Often times, a student may experience a detox after an attunement. During this time, a student must try to connect to Reiki often, drink plenty of water, and perform self treatments daily.

Who can benefit from Reiki?

Anyone can benefit from Reiki. Reiki is performed with loving intent, and the energy will naturally flow to where it is most needed. Many ancient cultures have long believed the illnesses of the body are just symptoms of greater problems with the mind or spirit. Reiki seeks to treat the body, mind, and spirit and to create harmony in all three.

Does the client have to believe in Reiki for it to work?

All that is required is the client’s intention to be helped. You do not have to believe Reiki will work for it to work. As long as the client’s desire for help is present, the Reiki practitioner’s intention and healing love can help anyone.

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