The word “Reiki” means “mysterious atmosphere, wonderful sign”. It comes from the Japanese words “rei” (universal) and “ki” (life energy). Reiki is a form of energy healing.

Energy healing focuses on the energy fields around the body.

According to practitioners, energy can stagnate in the body if there is physical injury or possibly emotional pain. Over time, these energy blocks can cause illness.

Energy medicine aims to aid energy flow and clear blockages in a similar way to acupuncture or acupressure. Improving energy flow through the body, practitioners say, can allow relaxation, reduce pain, accelerate healing, and reduce other disease symptoms.

Reiki has been around for thousands of years. The current form was first developed in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist named Mikao Usui, who reportedly taught 2,000 people the Reiki method during his lifetime. The practice spread to the United States via Hawaii in the 1940s and then to Europe in the 1980s.

It is commonly referred to as palm healing or hands-on healing.

What happens during a Reiki session?
Reiki is best kept in a quiet environment, but can be performed anywhere. The patient is seated in a comfortable chair or fully clothed on a table. There may or may not be music depending on the preference of the patient.

The practitioner places his hands lightly on or over specific areas of the head, limbs, and trunk with different hand shapes for 2 to 5 minutes. The hands can be placed over 20 different body parts.

If there is a particular injury, such as a burn, the hands can be held just above the wound.

I don’t need to touch you. I hold my hands just above certain areas of your body and this is how the energy transfer takes place. During this time, the practitioner’s hands can be warm and tingling. Each hand position is held until the practitioner notices that the energy is no longer flowing.

When the practitioner feels that the heat or energy has decreased in their hands, they will remove their hands and move them to another part of the body.

Some Reiki techniques
The techniques involved have names such as:

extracting harmful energies
smoothing and raking the aura

Sessions last approximately 45-60 minutes. The number of sessions depends on what you want to achieve. Some prefer one session, while others have a series of sessions to work on a particular problem.

Do you want to be able to give Reiki yourself or others? On request I give Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 courses. Reiki 1 you learn the hands-on techniques and with Reiki 2 you learn to give treatments remotely.

August 2008. In a temple in Taiwan, treated more than 100 people with energy and Reiki within 4 hours.

Reiki is not intended as a substitute for regular medicine, but as an addition to it. As always, use common sense, if you do not trust the complaints you have or get worse, go to the doctor or a Western medical specialist.