What is Reiki?
Reiki is a noninvasive healing technique that eases discomfort and balances the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Balance can mean different things at different times, but often after a Reiki treatment, people report feeling more relaxed and uplifted, decreased muscle tension, a greater sense of well-being, and improved sleep and digestion.
Although there is no direct translation of the Japanese kanji for Reiki into English, it can be loosely defined as “spiritually guided life force energy.” Life force is energy that flows through every living thing. It supports our vitality and enjoyment for life. When our life force is out of balance, we are likely to feel stressed and can get sick. When our life force is balanced, we feel happy and healthy! Reiki rebalances our life force so the body can access its natural healing abilities, allowing us to live more vibrantly.
Reiki is beneficial on its own and when combined with other medical and therapeutic techniques. It can help soothe negative side effects and support recovery. Click here to read my blog post describing how Reiki treatment can complement your current healthcare regimen.
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Your Reiki Session
After you schedule your first Reiki treatment, you will receive a confirmation email with a Reiki Client Information Form to complete. At the beginning of your session, you and I will create an intention for your session and I will answer any questions that you have.
You will rest comfortably on a massage table while remaining fully clothed, with shoes removed; I recommend that you wear loose, comfortable clothing. The session can either be hands-on, where I apply a light touch to the area where Reiki is flowing, or hands-off, where I hold my hands slightly above your body, or a combination of the two. I will remain in each hand position for a few minutes and progress slowly from the crown of your head to your feet, focusing on any areas of particular concern. At the end of your treatment, I will allow you time to reorient to the room and slowly rise from the table.
Over the next few days, I suggest you increase your intake of water and to take additional time for rest and quiet contemplation.
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The practice of Reiki is passed down a lineage when the teacher activates the ability to connect with this beautiful energy within the student.
In 1922, Mikao Usui developed Usui Reiki after a profound spiritual experience. Deeply touched by this healing energy, Usui wished to share it with others. He created Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (Usui Reiki Healing Method Society) in Tokyo to teach classes and give treatments. Before his death in 1926, he taught over 2,000 students and trained 20 master practitioners who were able to pass this practice on to others. Usui Reiki is the most widely practiced form of Reiki today.
Reiki has continuously evolved and developed throughout its history. In 2014, William Lee Rand, founder of the International Center for Reiki Training and the Center for Reiki Research, developed Holy Fire Reiki after experiencing “a more powerful and refined energy” than anything he had felt before. The use of the word “holy” is not intended to be religious but refers to the word’s roots of being “whole” and “complete.”
There are over 150 styles of Reiki being taught and practiced worldwide. I practice Usui and Holy Fire Reiki because these styles resonate within me most strongly.