Reiki is a Japanese energy healing system that is used to heal from within; as well as for relaxation, stress reduction, anxiety, and one’s general well being. It is based on the idea that a higher energy flows through everyone and that this energy is what gives us life. If our energy is low, then we are at a higher risk to become sick and get stressed; on the other hand, if our energy is high, then we have a greater opportunity to be happy and stay healthy. This energy can at times become stagnant or damaged, where there has been physical injury or emotional pain; sometimes these blockages can cause illness, disease, or discomfort.
The Reiki system uses this universal energy, to help restore the flow and remove these energy blocks; in a similar way to how a massage relaxes muscle tissue and improves circulation. A treatment will have the fully clothed patient sit in a chair or lie on a massage table; the practitioner then places their hands on or over specific areas of the head, limbs, and torso using different hand gestures. As the practitioner passes over the areas, the transfer of energy takes place; each hand position is held until the practitioner senses that the energy is flowing again.
Reiki treats the person as a whole; including body, emotions, mind, and spirit; creating many beneficial effects along the way. A treatment brings about relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and well-being; it gives the patient a sense of connection to a higher energy that flows through and around them. Reiki is a simple, natural, and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
Reiki is not dependent on one's intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion; it has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. Reiki is also not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not.