There is no scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of Reiki in preventing, treating, or curing any medical condition. Reiki can, however, complement medical treatment of various diseases and does not act as a substitute for standard treatment options. Reiki is believed to provide the following benefits:
- Helps get a restful sleep
- Calms the mind and relaxes the body
- Energizes the body
- Reduces mental stress
- Helps manage stress
- Removes toxins from the body
- Helps in the better outlook of people receiving traditional medical treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, kidney dialysis, or those undergoing surgery
- Reduces aches and pains
- Helps in quicker healing after an injury or surgery
- Boosts immunity
- Improves digestion
- Helps treat infertility
- Aids in the management of Parkinson’s disease
- Helps manage psychological conditions such as anxiety and depression
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a form of alternative therapy that began in Japan in the early 20th century. The word Reiki means universal energy. It is known by various other names such as biofield therapy, Usui system of Reiki, and therapeutic touch. It is based on the principle that the adequate flow of healing energy (called “Ki” in Japan, “Chi” in China, and “prana” in India) can lead to good physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological health. This therapeutic approach believes that healing energy can be channeled from the Reiki therapist (master) to the patient. Thus, Reiki is believed to establish an energy channel between the therapist and the patient, making the latter gain mental and physical benefits. This transfer of energy can help manage stress, fatigue, and pain in the patient. It also makes the patient feel more energized. The therapy involves the Reiki practitioner moving their hands over the patient’s body without touching or lightly touching the patient’s body. There is no scientific evidence that Reiki can prevent, treat, or cure any disease. Yet, several healthcare practitioners allow their patients to go for Reiki as a complementary therapy to ease stress and feel good. Thus, it may be used along with other standard therapies for the treatment of diseases.
What happens during a Reiki session?
A Reiki treatment session generally lasts for 40-60 minutes. You do not need to undress for the therapy. Before the session begins, you may have to take off your shoes and wear any comfortable clothing of your choice. You will be asked to sit or lie on the massage table. The Reiki practitioner may dim the lights and play soothing music to help you relax. You can keep your eyes closed or open during the session. The therapist then gently places their palms down on or just above your body. The hands are placed in specific energy locations using a series of different hand positions. The practitioner may start the therapy from your head and move downward focusing on specific areas depending on your complaints or concerns. The duration for which the practitioner places their hands in each position is determined by the flow of energy through their hands at each location. The therapy may be felt differently by different people. Generally, the patient feels a sense of deep relaxation, calmness, peace, and overall well-being. Some may experience sensations such as heat, tingling, or pulsations, as the therapist moves their hands over the body. Some people may have an emotional response, while others may fall asleep during the therapy. Some patients do not feel anything in particular during the session. The therapy is safe as it does not involve any physical manipulation, pressure, or massage.
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