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REIKI is an oriental art of natural energy healing dating back to its founder, Mikao
Usui, in the late 19th/early 20th century. Reiki is a Japanese word which represents
Universal Life Energy.
Reidescribes the universal boundless aspects of this energy.
ki stands for 'life energy'.
Reiki is non-intrusive and by restoring and re-balancing life energy it allows the
body to heal itself.
• relaxing to the physical body
• balancing to the emotions
• reduces stress
• increases vitality
• re-establishes spiritual equilibrium and mental well-being
• nurtures overall well-being
The effects of Reiki on the emotions can be profound, freeing emotional blocks and
This can lead to transformation of negativity into positive feelings, or allow the
disposal of outdated emotional 'baggage'.
During Reiki the mind is relaxed, yet alert. As a result thinking processes are often
clearer. The more you use Reiki, the stronger the development of your senses of self-awareness
and intuition, often promoting personal development.
Until relatively recently these claims were all anecdotal but now more research is
being carried out looking at the way Reiki can contribute towards health and wholeness.
Recent research shows that Reiki reduces heart rate and diastolic blood pressure.
The study indicated that Reiki has some effect on the autonomic nervous system and
that further larger studies on the biological effects of Reiki should be undertaken.
Another study showed that Reiki reduces anxiety and blood pressure, and increases
Reiki has been used successfully as an adjunct to opioid therapy in pain management.
Ongoing studiesare looking at the uses of Reiki in diabetic peripheral vascular
disease and autonomic neuropathy (University of Michigan CAM Research Centre for
Cardiovascular Diseases), and in the rehabilitation from stroke, spinal cord injury
and traumatic brain injury (Centre for Research in CAM , Kessler Institute Rehabilitation
- West Orange, New Jersey, USA).
Several US hospitals are using Reiki for the preparation for surgery and aftercare,
treating cancer patients and, in the Emergency Rooms for easing pain, anxiety and
Health is not merely an absence of disease, or the ridding of symptoms and illness.
Health is a positive state of being!
From the holistic point of view 'dis-ease' is seen as blockages of the body's energy
flow. Reiki acts to remove or breakdown these energy blockages, re-balancing the
energy flow, increasing the vibratory level of the whole individual. It's a bit like
unblocking a dammed stream.
The levels at which Reiki works are very subtle, yet this extremely simple, gentle
but powerful 'hands-on' technique brings wholeness to both recipient and giver.
This Universal Life Force is infinite, flowing without ending. It is the energy of
the entire cosmos, the vital energy that feeds all life. It may be considered as
We all receive energy via the food we eat and drink, through sleep, exercise, relaxation
and by being in harmony and balance emotionally and spiritually. For instance, admiring
the beauty and intricacies of Nature boosts the energy reserves.
Reiki helps to amplify that energy, balancing and harmonising it for the highest
good of the individual.
It supports our inner harmony, the source of our well-being and health. When giving
or receiving Reiki, a state of enhanced equilibrium and well-being is reached as
you reconnect to this source of Universal Life Energy.
Reiki flows where energy is needed for healing, and seems able to adjust itself to
suit the requirements of the recipient at that time.
During a Reiki healing session, the channelling of this Universal Life Energy takes
place through the laying on of hands onto oneself or another's body.
When treating others, the places the hands rest upon are the head, body, legs and
Reiki complements -but does not substitute for - the healing properties of all modalities,
including orthodox medical treatment, natural therapies, massage, psychotherapy,
etc. It is not a replacement for medical treatment. In a pure Reiki treatment there
is no diagnosis or prognosis. It can be given in conjunction with any other treatments.
Although based on Buddhist practices (Mikao Usui was a Tendai Buddhist), Reiki as
used today has no specific connection with any religion, cult, dogma, or special
belief system. It does not involve hypnosis or massage.
Reiki can be used not only on people, but also on animals and plants.
'You don't have to believe in Reiki For it to have a deep effect upon you. You don't
have to believe That fruit is delicious In order to enjoy it. But you will have to
take a bite first.'