Reiki Healing Q&A

 How do you say it?
Reiki is said Ray – Key. Ray, like a ray of sunshine and Key, as in that which unlocks. Rei represents the cosmic spirit and Ki is the vital energy of the universe. The terms Prana and Chi (rhymes with key) are other names for Ki. Reiki is a compound Japanese word that joins the two concepts together to create a name for a holistic system of natural healing that draws its power from the invisible loving light of the universe.

What is Reiki?
Reiki is a bio-energetic system of natural healing with a clinical record for reducing the harmful effects of stress. Reiki practitioners are trained to consciously utilize the Ki force to recharge their own energy and the energy fields of others. Reiki energy can be sent at a distance or transferred from one to another through a series of light hand to body touch. Reiki energy was discovered and developed in Japan by a man named Mikao Usui who made it his life’s mission to understand the secrets of hands on healing. There are now thousands of Reiki Masters and millions of practitioners giving and receiving Reiki daily throughout the world. 

Who is qualified to give Reiki?
There are three levels to contemporary Usui Reiki training. A level one practitioner is proficient at giving hands-on Reiki treatments. Level two Reiki practitioners have been trained in more advance energy healing techniques including distance healing. An Usui Reiki Master has full attunement to Reiki and can teach the skill to others. When choosing a practitioner of any kind, do a little research first. Look for ads and listings, ask for a referral. Google the name, read the website. Call up, ask questions and most importantly, follow your intuition.

What does Reiki do?
Reiki optimizes the healthy flow of Ki by raising the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical form. The application of Reiki energy to the mind, body and spirit generates a state of deep relaxation where internal tensions are safely released.

Is there any preparation before a session?
Dress in comfortable clothing with enough layers to keep warm after your session. You may be asked to remove shoes, eyeglasses, hair clips and large buckled belts. A Reiki session begins with a brief chat to ask questions and discuss health goals. Some people like to eat lightly on the day of their Reiki treatments and refrain from consuming sweets, meats and stimulating drinks. Treatments are given while seated in a chair or reclining on a mat or massage table and usually take about an hour or so.


What happens at a Reiki treatment session?
The first Reiki touch is often on the head. This is your cue to close your eyes, take a few deep easy breathes and relax. A Reiki treatment is like a personal healing meditation into the peaceful realms of inner consciousness. Observe how you feel, talk with your Reiki practitioner and decide on a treatment program that’s right for you.
What about after a Reiki treatment?
After your Reiki session it’s a good idea to take some quiet time to let your body integrate the subtle energies it has just experienced. Proper hydration aids in the detoxification process so be sure to drink plenty of water after your Reiki treatment.

Do hospitals use Reiki?
Yes, there is a growing number of hospitals and rehabilitation centers in the US and abroad that make Reiki therapy available to patients in order to help speed recovery and shorten hospitals stays.
Is Reiki safe for delicate conditions?
As there is no physical manipulation involved Reiki is gentle enough for virtually any situation.

What can be treated with Reiki?
Reiki has a harmonizing effect on all imbalances of the mind, body and spirit. Reiki’s soothing energy reduces pain and inflammation of minor conditions like scrapes, bruises and bee stings and can also be used as a powerful ally when facing more serious situations such as stroke, depression, cancer, heart disease and immune dysfunction. Although results may vary, most Reiki recipients report increased stamina, elevated mood and more restful sleep after a treatment. Anxiety, postoperative complications and toxic side effects of treatments such as chemotherapy can be reduced or eliminated with the addition of Reiki to the care package.

 Who can be treated with Reiki?
Reiki is a safe and effective means of infusing positive life force into anyone or anything. People, pets, places and things all benefit from the healing touch of Reiki. Children, pets and wild creatures respond especially well to Reiki energy treatments.

Do veterinarians use energy therapies too?
Yes, holistic animal care is becoming more wide spread every year and Reiki is a popular choice.

Is Reiki a complimentary therapy?
Yes, Reiki works in harmony with all other forms of healing including drugs, surgery, psychological care and other methods of alternative care such as acupuncture and aromatherapy. Reiki is intended as part of a sensible wellness plan that includes a healthy diet, adequate rest, exercise and the regular care of other qualified health care professionals.  

What is the suggested treatment program?
Ultimately it is the client who decides how often they wish to receive Reiki treatment. In Mikao Usui’s time treatments were given daily until health was restored. A schedule of weekly and monthly sessions is a popular way to enjoy the sustained energetic support of Reiki. Receiving even a single Reiki energy treatment can greatly reduce stress, pain and tension. As a starting point for treatment a series of three Reiki sessions is suggested.

When long term care is desirable learning Reiki is recommended for the client, care giver and family. Becoming Reiki Attuned enables the client to give daily self treatments and receive in home therapy from the people who care the most. Attunement to Reiki harmonizes the body with the vibrational
frequency of Reiki energy. Reiki attunement has many benefits including financial ones. A first degree Reiki class costs about as much as three Reiki sessions and can take as little as one day to complete.

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