Energy healing is becoming more widely accepted as people experience the benefits of it and find that it fills the gaps or compliments western medicine. There are many different types of energy healing. Today we will be focusing on Reiki.
Reiki is a type of energy healing that came from Japan in the early 20th century. Like many energy healing modalities, it is a practice based on the idea that we have an unseen “life force energy” that is flowing through our bodies. In a Reiki session, a practitioner will move their hands gently just above the client’s body and their clothes. The aim of a session is to help reduce stress and encourage healing by promoting a healthy flow of energy.
Like with many energy healing methods, there is some controversy around it. However, it is becoming more popular and more widely accepted. Keep reading if you want to learn more about Reiki and its benefits.
What exactly is Reiki?
To understand what reiki is, we can learn a lot just from understanding the meaning of the word itself. “Reiki” means “mysterious atmosphere, miraculous sign” and comes from the Japanese words “rei” (universal) and “ki” (life energy).
As with all energy healing, in a reiki session, the energy fields around the body are targeted. Through the lens of Reiki, emotional pain or physical illness can be due to energy blocks or where the energy is stagnating.
What does a Reiki session look like?
It is best to do Reiki in a peaceful setting but it can be done anywhere. The patient will sit fully clothed on a chair or they can lie down on a table. The Reiki practitioner then places their hands lightly over different areas on the head, limbs, and torso while using different hand shapes. The hands can be placed over 20 different areas of the body.
As a practitioner the aim is it conduct a transfer of energy to the patient. The practitioner’s hands may be warm and tingling. They will hold their hands in each position until the energy has stopped flowing.
Some practitioners also use different tools like crystals or chakra healing wands. They may use this to help with healing or protect from negative energy.
Benefits of Reiki
Reiki can be done to help with a variety of physical and emotional issues. People go to Reiki for problems like insomnia, depression, pain, and anxiety.
Reiki is said to help with relaxation and assist the body’s healing processes naturally. It can also help with creating a sense of deep relaxation and helping people who are having difficulties experience some relief from their emotional stress.
It can also be done to improve sleep and mood.
Evidence for Reiki
When it comes to these alternative ways of healing it is common for there to be some skepticism. However, there are plenty of studies showing how Reiki can be beneficial for reducing stress and anxiety as well as improving overall well-being.
One study that was published found college students who went through six thirty-minute Reiki sessions reported they had greater improvements in stress, anxiety, sleep, and depression.
Another study showed that Reiki and other types of energy therapy could help patients with cancer, improve pain control, and anxiety. Although it is not a treatment for cancer it has been shown to reduce stress, and promote a sense of relaxation as a complementary treatment.
Energy healing such as Reiki can be a great complementary treatment if you are interested in enhancing your well-being.