At our upcoming weekend retreat, A Weekend of Wellness: Relax, Relate, Release, we will offer Reiki again. For those of you not familiar with Reiki, it might be useful to read a few fundamentals about the practice.
>> What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese word. Rei can be translated as Universal or Higher Power and ki as the life force energy. Reiki energy is a subtle energy. And the practice of Reiki is a natural healing technique that focuses on channeling energy through touch in order to activate the healing power of the body and restore equilibrium in the body, mind and spirit.
>> Where is it from?
Reiki, as practiced widely today, has its origins in Eastern tradition and more specifically Japan.
>> Who can do Reiki?
Reiki can be offered by attuned practitioners and received by everyone.
>> Is Reiki a religion?
While the life force energy described is of a spiritual nature, Reiki is not a religion. Practitioners, students, and receivers alike are not asked to change their religious or spiritual practice and faith. They are encouraged to make their own decisions in line with their personal belief systems.
>> How is a Reiki treatment offered?
Typically the person receiving will lie on a massage table, however the individual can be in a seated or even standing position. Reiki energy flows between the practitioner's hands and the receiving individual's body. With the receiving individual fully clothed, the practitioner places their hands on or near different areas of the body using specific positions. Each hand position is held for a bit of time as guided by the energy flow.
>> What are the benefits of a Reiki treatment?
Some of the benefits of Reiki include:
- aiding the body's self-healing abilities
- boosting the immune system
- cleansing the body of toxins
- creating deep relaxation and supporting stress and tension reduction
- improving sleep
- increasing vitality
- reducing blood pressure
- relieving pain
- removing energy blockages