What is Reiki?
Reiki is an ancient practice of energy work, or bodywork, which may date back to 600 BCE or earlier. Unfortunately, the Reiki tradition was likely passed down by oral tradition to preserve the secrecy in which it was once practiced, and as a result was lost for many years. There is anecdotal evidence in ancient Indian texts that we believe relates to Reiki. The earliest documented practice of Reiki came about in the mid 19th century AD.
In 1853, Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese professor, was teaching classes about religion and his students began to question him about the laying on of hands healing that Jesus was said to have performed. Dr. Usui searched for several years, culminating in his fasting and meditation efforts atop a mountain to find the answer. On the 21st day, a flash of light hit him, leaving him feeling healthy and removing the weakness that fasting had left him with just an hour prior. He discovered that, on his way down the mountain, he was able to provide healing through his hands to those he encountered along the way.
Reiki as we know it today has been passed down from one Reiki Master to another from Dr. Usui. The Japanese translation of Reiki is "Universal Life Force Energy," or for some, "God Energy." Reiki is not a religion, nor is it at all religious in nature. Anyone can practice Reiki regardless of religious affiliations (or atheism). Everyone knows that life comes from energy, the only thing that differs from one belief to the next is where that energy originates. Those who are highly scientific in nature know that the human body has an energy field around it, which has been scientifically proven. They also acknowledge that all life stems from energy; matter itself stems from energy. Those who are religious might believe that life comes from God. Whatever your beliefs, Reiki does not conflict with any of them; rather it blends beautifully with science and with all religions.
Simply put, Reiki is the energy of which all living things are made. An extra boost of this energy helps healing on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels. The energy is transmitted when an attuned Reiki practitioner invokes the energy and holds his/her hands within the recipient's energy body. Touch is sometimes nice to include with Reiki, but since our energy body stands out further than our physical body, direct touch is not necessary for Reiki. The practitioner holds his or her hands over various areas of the body, for a few or even several minutes at each location. The recipient is usually lying on a massage table during a treatment, and Reiki treatments are nearly always given fully clothed (except for instances where combined with massage in the same session). Reiki sessions may be in-person, or can also be given long distance.
Most people report feeling super relaxed during and after a Reiki treatment. Most describe it as a peaceful feeling, and one young first-time recipient recently told me that it felt like "floating on a cloud" with a huge smile. A Reiki practitioner's hands will often feel hot, and warmth is commonly experienced while receiving Reiki. Everyone's experience is somewhat different. Some people really don't feel any different at all, though most people who tell me that they did not feel anything act noticeably spacy or out of it after their treatment; clearly they are feeling significantly more relaxed. Even if a recipient does not experience anything at all, the Reiki is still working, and results may be seen as quickly as the same day or as delayed as one or two months.
A full Reiki treatment typically consists of one hour, including time to discuss the reason why the person is seeking Reiki or to follow up on progress . There is also a bit of time for discussion following the treatment, for the practitioner to offer any suggestions that came up during the treatment as well as for the recipient to ask questions. Shorter sessions are available for long distance treatments.
Reiki sessions are available from the Reiki and Well Be-ing Center by appointment only, 7 days per week. Distance sessions are available to anyone, anywhere in the world. I do not currently have a public Center location, but offer sessions in my Ladson (near Charleston, Goose Creek, and Summerville, SC) home studio. For those who would like to learn Reiki so that they may treat themselves and their loved ones, Reiki workshops are also available. Please contact Jenni to make an appointment, or if you have any questions.
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