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All About Reiki and Where to Get Services for Reiki

Updated on February 24, 2014

All about Reiki and where to avail of services

Throughout centuries, people in their search of trying to improve themselves and seek for better health practices develop means to give solutions to how we live our life with ease and healthful living. Aside from other traditional medicine practices by people all over the world, in 1922, a Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui introduced Reiki -- one way of energy healing which tries to help in the overall health of an individual through the concept of transferring energy through the palms from the practitioner to the patient. Reiki was transformed and been brought forth in the Western world by people who were trained by Usui after he died.

Reiki is practice by many people nowadays and the number of people who are availing Reiki services is growing. It is an alternative medicine and its promise to provide healing to people cant be disregarded anymore.

The objective of this article is to discuss all about Reiki and where to avail of services.

All About Reiki

Like any traditional medicine, Reiki doesn't have scientific basis that is why we need to be informed so that you can fully enjoy the benefits of Reiki. This is the topic of this article -- all about Reiki and where to avail of its services.

What is Reiki? Reiki is a form of Complementary and Alternative medicine (CAM) which supposedly transfers energy -- healing energy through the palms. It is developed by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui in 1922. Reiki is a holistic kind of therapy which is based on healing of emotional, physical, mental and spiritual levels. It is based on a healing which transfers energy through the hand of the practitioner in the place where his hands at. Simply put "reiki is a Japanese technique that is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. Reiki is a form of spiritual healing using "universal life energy" channelled through the practitioner to the recipient."

Buddhist Mikao Usui introduced Reiki in 1922
Buddhist Mikao Usui introduced Reiki in 1922
reiki head
reiki head

Reiki - More Explanation

About Reiki - Continuation

Some teachings stress the importance of the practitioner's intention or presence in this process, while others claim that the energy is drawn by the recipient's injury to activate or enhance the natural healing processes.”. In some sense it is said that it is an intelligent healing meaning “Reiki knows where to heal, even if a practitioner's hands are not present in the specific area.”

  • It is said to be inexhaustible and it can induced healing powers and anybody can have this power to heal by what they call process of atument carried out by a reiki master. Like any traditional medicines claims for such energy has no known scientific basis as well as biophysical basis.

Many Reiki teachers and practitioners aim to abide by these five precepts, or principles:

The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine of all diseases
Just for today, do not anger
Do not worry and be filled with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work. Be kind to people.
Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer.
Pray these words to your heart
and chant these words with your mouth
Usui Reiki Treatment for the improvement of body and mind
The founder , Usui Mikao

Reiki is said to be best as a form of relaxation and actualization of a feeling of wellness.

In both the Traditional and Westernized version of Reiki, there are three considered forms:

  1. At First Degree, a Reiki practitioner is able to heal themselves,
  2. Second Degree, a Reiki practitioner is able to heal others,
  3. And at Master/Teacher level, a Reiki practitioner is able to teach and attune others to Reiki.

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Is reiki effective or not?

  1. Just like any traditional medicine, reiki doesn’t have scientific basis but people who have experienced a positive improvement of their health after sessions of reiki proved that it is effective. The number of people availing of the services of reiki is increasing throughout the years.
  2. Reiki is said to be effective for those who are having treatment for cancer as they ease the pain and relax them. Many people attest however to the fact they receive positive effect after treatment with reiki through a practitioner.
  3. On the other hand however, a study conducted in 2008 suggested that “there is no scientific evidence for either the existence of ki or any mechanism for its manipulation, and a systematic review of randomized clinical trials conducted did not support the efficacy of Reiki or its recommendation for use in the treatment of any condition.”

 

Controversies Regarding Reiki

  • In the news recently, the Catholic church has also sought to stop the practice of Reiki within Catholic health care hospital facilities as it is said to be "unscientific" and therefore not appropriate for Catholic institutions".
  • The lack of scientific basis to prove its efficacy

 

Reiki session
Reiki session

Where to avail services:

  • Reiki is available in massage center or wellness centers run by massage therapist which have license to operate their business. The Reiki practitioner is a trained professional in Reiki. Reiki is also available in different hospital in the Western world, like for example here in the United States some hospitals let their patients have Reiki sessions with a trained Reiki practitioners

Important things to consider before you avail of reiki services

  • It is necessary to know that Reiki does not heal any form of disease or cancer etc., it is just used as complementary medicine, helps mitigate the pain and relax the patients as well.
  • Before engaging in reiki, please consult your medical doctor specially if you have other serious illness or for other safety precautions
  • For cancer patients who avail of Reiki treatment make sure that you are treated by a trained practitioner through the supervision of your doctor.
  • For those who avail of reiki for soothing and relaxation purposes only, make sure that the service provider is trained.
  • In my own opinion I think that since Reiki is not a cure for serious illness like cancer but rather it is just a complementary treatment so as to ease the pain or reduce the condition of an existing situation, then it is worth the try as its promise of holistic healing is proven by the many people who attest to its effectivity.
  • There is nothing certain in this world, Western medicine goes by the method of trial and error plus reduction technique in the world of medicine and Reiki is in my opinion a nice relaxing treatment to a better you.

 

Conclusion:

Like any traditional medicine, be it herbal remedies, acupuncture/acupressure, Reiki etc. are being used by almost 80 percent of the worlds population. Reiki is a growing alternative way in healing and yes it is not supported by scientific basis but the power and the healing it provides to those who are availing it plus the fact that many attest to its healing powers are enough to say that it is worth the try. I hope this hub helped you in understanding all about Reiki and where to avail of services. As always we need to be informed and have safety precautions always in terms of your health. Consult a medical person if you are undergoing other treatments before you engage in Reiki specially if you have serious illness like cancer. I hope this article helps you in knowing all about Reiki and where to get services.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thanks so much Truth, I appreciate your comments always, take care, Maita

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Great information, at a time when all forms of healing should be considered. Thanks Maita, its always great to here from you.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      thank you also Madison, Morning, maita

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      Madison 7 years ago from NYC

      Thank you Maita, this is a very informative hub. I have been meaning to implement some Reiki in my life, I just want to become more knowledgeable of the practice and know how to properly make use of it. Great hub:)

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi TinaV, that must have been reiki dear, it is effective others tried it and it works for them, caution is all, Maita

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      TINA V 7 years ago

      This is an informative hub about Reiki. I have learned before in Psychology that we generate heat by rubbing our hands. Then we transfer this positive heat energy when we place our palms on any parts of the body. It relaxes our muscles and ease out the pain. But I couldn't recall if this method is part of the Reiki healing therapy. Whatever it is, it is still good to know other techniques that are an alternative to medicine. Great hub!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thanks Ixxy for youe suggestions, Maita

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      lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      I've seen one other Hub mention reiki, and it wasn't nearly as detailed as this. Thanks for setting it straight!

      Our world is stranger than fiction, and the energies that reside all throughout our bodies and mind can be easily felt by those who close their senses and open their hearts.

      One thing to note, though, is your use of "avail."

      Perhaps.."Availability of services," or "Where to Find," "How to Procure.." mix it up a bit! Anyway, just my nervous tick suggestions.

      Pleasure to read, either way!

      Y.T.,

      lxxy

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi revlady, Love ya and good night. That was very interesting share from you, touch ehaling, i didnt know about it until i researched about the controversy betwwen the Catholics and reiki, and look at hypnos information below..., he expounded on it, bless Rev, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi a2z5o, yes you can try it, it is very effective and it will not conflict with your belief, thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Sage, thats a nice compliment from you, I am interested with what you have experienced, make a hub about it Sage, i know what you had undergone as well and I am very proud of you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi alexk2009, I agree with you about that, it is difficult indeed, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Dohn, thank you, I donnt coat it as it is what it is, but I always like eastern healing technique, it really works, but being informed is the best for us, salamat Dohn for Jovit baldovino, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi hello, thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi angel, youre so correct with what you said, eastern type of healing is really holistic, soul, body and mind and being positive, Thanks dear, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi prasetio, I believe you of course, I am happy you shared it with us, if I see you can you do it for me? I see you are trained as well, thats good for you, Eastern way of healing and reiki is great, Thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Sandy, thanks, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi BK, yes I am the same wavelength with you, In due time people will realize that eastern ways of healing solves the basic problem of mankind with respect to their health, Thank you and night, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Mike, I think that was reiki hehe, placebo cna also be name reiki if you want hehe. Placebo effect is like bandwagon effect, when everybody else agree, you seem to agree with a thing. reiki is reliable. I know because I grew up and live with Eastern healing, Thanks so much Mike for dropping by, I really appreciate it, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi hypno, Thats a very noce compliment from you. Thank you, thank you and thank you, I learned a lot from wht you said about dogma and Catholics, and about the hand of Jesus etc. I never thought about that. I have so much respect for Eastern healing, I grew up with and live by it, from birth until I went here, Thanks again hypno, You are great! Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi mystique, thank you for your very nice comment, Smile for you kaibigan, truly! I am glad you tried this one already, and you like it as well, hmmmmm, have a good night, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Cris, thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi blonde, thats a nice compliment from you, thank you, thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi rizwan, thanks, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi Kuya Dave, oh that was a nice share from you, I need that right now, soothing massage and relaxation hmmm, Thanks and bless, HUGS, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Ken, thanks for dropping by, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi bonnie, how are you dear? Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Russ, am so glad you came to visit again, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Katrina, thanks dear, How are you? Maita

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      Katrina Ariel 7 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

      Great one, Maita!

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      Rascal Russ Miles 7 years ago from Show Low, AZ USA

      Excellent Hub Sweet Reiki Lady. Yes, I too have used the healing methodology.

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      blpelton 7 years ago

      Well done !!! Keep up the good work girl !!!!! woohoo !

      take care Bonnie

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Thank you for the education, Malta. I didn't anything at all about Reiki until now. Very interesting.

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Ate' Maita sweetie, I have practiced this for a number of years now. It has great healing and recooperative powers, especially for tired aching bones,muscles and ligaments. It relaxes the nerves at a central focal point and can add heat too.

      Lovingly,Hug Hug

      KUYA Dave.

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      rizwan_isria 7 years ago from India

      Great Advise

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      blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

      Wow first time I have read something like this. Darn it really is interesting stuff. Thumbs up chickadee.

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      well done, Maita.. very interesting!!

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      Mystique1957 7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Ah, My sweetie kaibigan! Every time I read one of your hubs I get the impression that I am smiling with you as you watch me write(Crazy, ay hindi ito?)This is wonderful! I love Reiki. The fact that some people have found a way to exploit it as a business does not take merits away for what it can do. Usui Sensei would have never condone it. Nonetheless, the truth always surfaces...

      Great Hub!

      Thumbs up!

      warmest regards, love, kisses, light and blessings, my dear Maita,

      Al

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      Link added to both my hubs. :) It's a very good hub, as usual. I appreciated especially, beside the rest, that you used the real Five Principles of Reiki, not the modified Western version. Which means you made your researches.:) Everyone has the right to have his/her own opinion on Reiki, I have mine too, nevertheless can Eastern Medicine be wrong? With all its studies on Qi and Ki? As I usually say we can't see radio waves, yet we can use our cellular phones. Reiki isn't really a religion, luckily so it's still pretty free from dogmas, yet the main reason why the Catholic Church attack it is sadly that they want the patent for "spiritual" healing. But they forget that the laying on of hands is far older than Jesus who was pretty good at it, at the end that's the main reason behind His popularity. On the other side someone some years ago tried to copyright the term Reiki, business rules everywhere. Which is funny because in Japanese Reiki is simply a word.

      Great hub Maita, very well done. Rated up and stumbled. :)

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi alexandriaruthk, thanks for that wonderful comment, thank you,

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Maita, thanks for sharing this information.

      When I was very young and played basketball a lot, I badly sprained an ankle and had to use crutches for a short time. A friend knew someone who said they could help, and they placed their hands on my ankle and it quickly improved. I was a believer because I knew how long it would take to heal, and my ankle healed much faster than normal.

      Was this Reiki? I dunno. Was it a placebo that made a difference? Again, I dunno. But I am a believer.

      Thanks again.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I am so happy Maita - that we here in the US are finally being exposed to all the different types of health care options. I had a co-worker who was a fanatic about Reiki.

      Thanks so much for keeping us informed!

      Carolyn

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Interesting Hub.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nice information Maita. I know this knowledge for five years ago. And I also got initiation from the grandmaster of Reiki, so I can use the Reiki symbol in healing my self or others. This is very natural because using the earth energy. Believe me, I had proof the power and the energy of Reiki. I am glad you write about this healing method, this hub is useful for us. Thanks

      Prasetio

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      Hey, I finally understood Reiki--still new to this idea. It seems to me that Reiki is positive thinking and trying to bring your being to a state of peace and harmony.Positive forces bring healing. Well-researched and nicely done.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I have learned so much from your hub which is clearly written and with a lot of information. You have done great job here, Maita. Thank you.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I like how you explained to the layperson what Reiki really is and didn't try to make it more that what it is. Sure, it is an alternative to other forms of healing, isn't accepted by most HMOs but that doesn't change the fact that it IS indeed effective and is growing in popularity in the Western world.

      Another great hub, Normita/Maita!

      Dohn

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      AlexK2009 7 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Interesting hub. There seem to be a lot of confounding factors that make scientific evaluation difficult, for example touch alone can be healing.

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      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      Another well written and aspiring hub. Really enjoyed the video as well. I have used Reiki in the past and can attest to the healing that is possible.

      Great Job!

      Sage

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      a2z50 7 years ago

      I would try this .Although I am a solid Christian, I have an open mind . Great stuff ! Nice presentation !

      Thank you

      Ron

      As Always also Rprcarz50

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Hi Maita, I am very familiar with Reiki as I have several friends that are Masters and it is used a lot by hospices.

      However, this was an excellent overall review of Reiki. There is much controversy regarding its use by Christians as is "Healing Touch."

      Love ya!!

      Forever His

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      alexandriaruthk 7 years ago from US

      wow, well researched hub and well written! I dont know anything about this before, Thank you for this one.