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What is Reiki?

Updated on March 4, 2010


Not many people have heard of Reiki, so it's not the most used technique to relaxation and stress relieving, but it's been a traditional Japanese form of healing for centuries. Reiki is an alternative healing treatment that uses spiritual healing to balance your chakra and aura.

When you break down the word, Reiki means the universal energy that is all around us, to include air, water, fire, earth, and space.

  • Rei- free passage
  • Ki- vital life force energy

Basically, Reiki involves the transfer of energy from one to another in order to allow the body to heal itself through balancing the two energies. This is a hands on approach to healing and relaxation that heals the mind, body, and spirit.

Reiki will help you master your life and health. Being able to balance your energy and spirit, you will be able to reach optimal success and health.

Heailing with Reiki

Reiki is a simple technique that is considered spiritual healing, although it is not associated with any religion. Reiki is effective in helping many illnesses and can be used as treatment with other conventional or alternative medicines and treatment techniques.

There are many students of Reiki who use the practice to help relieve the side effects from other treatments, in attempts to keep the spirit balanced and harmonized.

Basically, Reiki practitioners channel energy in a specific pattern to the student to heal him, but unlike other techniques, Reiki is based an energy field.

The basic effects that you will feel when practicing Reiki include:

  • Relaxation
  • Bodily detoxification
  • Feeling of vitality
  • Increases a vibrational frequency of the body
  • Decreases and destroys energy blocks

When practicing this Japanese technique, you take responsibility for your own healing by drawing the energy that you need in order to balance your spirit and body.

Even though Reiki is considered hands on, the practitioner never actually touches or comes into contact with you unless you're in a few select positions, like when you head is being cradled. Throughout the treatment, the practitioner keeps his hands a few inches away from you the entire time.

The main points of your spirit that Reiki is used to heal include:

  1. The crown chakra- top of the skull
  2. The third eye chakra- the forehead
  3. The throat chakra- the throat
  4. The heart chakra- the chest
  5. The solar plexus chakra- the mid abdomen
  6. The sacral chakra- the lower abdomen
  7. The base/root chakra- ankles and feet

Is Reiki Really Effective?

As an alternative medicine, it's not 100% proven effective. You'll find that most doctors, nurses, and physicians will not tell you that the practice is reliable and a more conventional treatment should be sought out instead.

You will find that some practitioners will tell their patients to seek medical assistance for more serious conditions, but no medical doctor will prescribe Reiki.

There have not been any clinical trials studying the Japanese art of relaxation or any adverse side effects, so if you opt to try it out, it is recommended that you at least see a doctor first to get a full diagnosis and prognosis, as Reiki may help minor illnesses, more severe illnesses may need conventional treatment.

Disclaimer: Please be aware that the advice in this article should in no way replace that of a licensed physician. Reiki is not proven as a healing treatment, and it is always recommended that for serious illnesses, you consult your doctor for diagnosis and to discuss treatment.

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