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REIKI- How it works and its many benefits


In this article you will know about

  • What is Reiki
  • How is the Treatment done
  • Principles of Reiki
  • What does a Session look like
  • Techniques Used
  • Many benefits of Reiki

It is said ‘ Reiki is love, Love is wholeness, Wholeness is balance, Balance is wellbeing, Wellbeing is freedom from disease.’’—- Dr Mikao Usui

What is Reiki?

Reiki which is pronounced as ‘ray-key’, is a Japanese form of alternative therapy which was developed in the 19th century. Reiki is known as an energy healing technique which involves a Reiki master using gentle hand movements to guide the flow of healthy energy through the body to reduce stress and promote healing. One can say it is the transfer of universal energy from the practitioner’s palms to the person getting the therapy.

Reiki is hands-on healing and this utilizes universal life force energy. It comes from the Japanese words “rei” meaning (universal) and “ki” meaning (vital force energy). This energy is considered as abundant, gentle and spiritual energy which helps people destress.

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Reiki treatment:

This involves the practitioner moving his hands around the patient’s body. They can touch the body lightly or keep their hands just above the body. While the session goes on one can experience certain sensations like heat or tingling in the body. Some people even experience seeing certain visualizations like colours,  pictures or appearance of some memories.

Reiki principles:

Reiki principles

Reiki is said to be based on a set of  5 principles. These principles help in connecting the person with his Reiki energy, which ultimately helps in boosting the well-being of the person. These principles aid in healing & balancing Reiki energy. These are-

  • I will not worry
  • I will not be angry
  • I will work honestly
  • I will be grateful
  • I will be kind to others

These principles can help a person both in personal and spiritual growth leading to a healthy and fulfilling life.

How does a Reiki Session look like?

How does a Reiki Session look like

Reiki is done in any peaceful place. The patient sits in a comfortable chair or lies on a table, fully clothed. The practitioner may or may not use music, depending on the patient’s preference.

The practitioner places his hands lightly on or over specific areas of the head, limbs, and torso using different hand shapes, for 3 to 10 minutes. The therapist can place his hands over 20 different areas of the body.  In case of any particular injury, such as a burn, the hands may be held just above the wound.

While the practitioner holds his hands lightly on or over the body, the transfer of energy takes place. At this time, the practitioner’s hands may be warm and tingling. Each hand position is held until the practitioner feels that the energy has stopped flowing.

Only when the practitioner feels that the heat, or energy, in his hands has abated, he will remove his hands and then place them over a different area of the body. During a Reiki session, there is complete silence and a session lasts between 60 to 90 minutes.

Reiki Techniques:

Reiki Techniques
  •  Centring
  • Clearing
  • Beaming
  • Extracting harmful energies
  • Infusing
  • Smoothing and raking the aura

A few practitioners use crystals and chakra healing wands for their session as they feel these help in healing. It impacts the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels of a person.

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Benefits of Reiki:

Benefits of Reiki

Today we live in a fast-paced life which is wreaking havoc on the mental, physical and emotional balance of the body leading to stress and ill-health. Reiki helps in bringing about positivity in one’s life leading to mental and physical wellbeing with no negative side effects.

1.Brings about balance & harmony in life

Reiki is an effective tool in restoring one’s body’s balance on all the levels like mental, emotional, and physical so that all the body parts function in complete harmony. A body operating harmoniously augments its natural healing abilities which improve the overall health and wellness. Reiki for babies can be extremely helpful as It can contribute to baby’s sound growth and development.

2. Helps in relaxation

Reiki gives a zen-like feel leaving a person relaxed and rejuvenated after a session. Reiki can help destress people who are under tension by helping them to release all the tension, stress, anxiety, and negative feelings helping them acquire a state of peace, health, and well-being.

3. Dissolves Energy Blocks – balances mind, body and spirit

 Reiki sessions make a person calmer and more tranquil and a person is better equipped to cope up with everyday stress. This peace of mind also enhances learning, memory and mental clarity.

Reiki helps in healing emotional wounds and help alleviate mood swings, fear, frustration and even anger. Reiki also strengthens and heals personal relationships.

4. Strengthens Immunity by cleansing toxins

Regular sessions can help one’s body get rid of all the harmful toxins thus strengthening the immune system. Due to stress the body’s natural balance and immunity get disturbed leaving the body susceptible to diseases. Reiki plays an important role in reminding the body to shift to rest/digest self-healing state leading to good health & vitality.

5. It Improves Focus and Clarity of the Mind and leaves one grounded

Reiki can help sustain a person in remaining centred in the existing moment by letting go of any past regrets and future anxieties. It can help heal emotional and mental wounds, lighten any kind of fears and frustration and enhance mental clarity and learning. It helps in fortifying one’s ability to manage or handle situations and events that do not take place as one desires.

6. Aids One Sleep Better

Reiki stimulates the body to achieve its natural balance and inner healing, a relaxed mind and body allow a person to sleep better. When the mind is calm and free of fears and worries, one is bound to sleep well. The more a person is relaxed the more is the productivity and activity without being exhausted or burnt out.

7. Treats Cancer linked symptoms

Reiki can’t cure cancer, but it is very effective in treating the symptoms related to cancer like pain, fatigue, and depression. Reiki treatment for cancer patients can help them deal with tiredness, pain that usually results after most cancer treatments. The treatment helps in strengthening them mentally to fight cancer thus improving their quality of life. It even helps in providing relief with symptoms of asthma, chronic fatigue, menopausal symptoms, and insomnia.

8. Accelerates  body’s self– Healing ability Inflammation and Infections

Reiki treatment helps the body to self-heal quickly and returns a person to his natural state, or at least gets the body moving in the right direction.

Which means one’s breathing, heart rate and blood pressure improve. Reiki is very useful during pregnancy as it helps to tackle joint pain, common infections, and stress that typically occurs during pregnancy without any side effects.

 9. Reiki can be easily used with medical treatment & other therapies

Reiki is a wonderful therapy compared to conventional medicine as it helps patients relax both physically and mentally. When a patient is relaxed the healing process gets accelerated.

Reiki is non-invasive and is administered in a very gentle manner. The Reiki practitioner can give Reiki without touching the body in patients with burns and severe injuries.

Reiki is safe to use in medical conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes or heart conditions. 

 10. Refines Personal Relationships

Reiki can help heal and advance personal relationships by strengthening a person emotionally. Reiki can boost one’s capability to relate and connect to people on a better level which helps in enhancing one’s relationships. It can cleanse a person of having low esteem and allowing the person to realise inner peace which enhances one’s capability to freely love and open up to other people thereby enabling relationships to flourish. People start taking life events more positively and develop more trust in people

 11. Reiki encourages Spiritual Growth

Reiki encourages Spiritual Growth

Reiki sessions help in personal development. Reiki helps create a connection with the soul and imbues the qualities of understanding, love, and acceptance. The person starts accepting himself the way he is and develops compassion for others.

Reiki helps a person become tranquil, relaxed and energetic.

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Written by Preeti Talwar

She is a Ph.D. in Zoology, has worked as a UGC Research Associate for three years, has worked as a Proofreader with Thakur Publishers for three years, Worked as Eduadvisor for Urban Campus and Disciplebay. Has 6 years Content writing experience under her belt. She has worked as a content writer for several companies and boasts of writing on different niches. She is well published both on print and digital media. She has publications on national and international platforms. She has publications in the Chicken Soup Series, LitGleam Magazine, The Countrysquire magazine UK 20, Bonobology to name a few.
She aspires to become a prolific writer as writing is her adrenaline booster.

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