Reiki is a complementary health care practice. It is a very gentle technique used to enhance the body’s natural ability of rebalancing, stress reduction and relaxation. It is performed by a Reiki practitioner with placement of hands on or off the body. Practicing CranioSacral Therapy for over 13 years, I was very drawn to Reiki. Although different in practice, both CranioSacral and Reiki require a gentle touch, an in tuned deep listening and an open awareness while working with a client. Offering Reiki adds another dimension of care for the whole person ~ body, mind and spirit.
Reiki ∴ History and Theory
Reiki’s history dates back to the late 1800’s and originated in Japan by Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki System. Reiki is a Japanese word meaning, "universal life force energy" and has been used as a complementary technique to promote body harmony, relaxation and stress reduction. According to Reiki theory, Ki or life force energy is present in all living things. Blockages or restrictions in the flow of Ki can impact one’s health and well-being. Stress, trauma and illness are examples of disruptions of Ki energy flow in the body. In Reiki practice, life force energy flows through the practitioner’s hands to the individual and supports the body’s natural ability to restore balance and harmony and Ki energy flow. Similarly, Qi also means life force energy and is central to the Chinese philosophy of Acupuncture and Prana in the practice of Yoga.
Reiki ∴ What to Expect
A typical Reiki session lasts from 45 minutes to an hour and takes place in a quiet, private setting. Reiki is performed fully clothed, either lying or sitting, based on the client's comfort and preference. The practitioner will stand or sit positioned at various times by your head, neck, torso, legs and feet. With your permission, the Reiki practitioner uses a combination of placing hands on or off the body. Techniques for off the body may be static holding positions or dynamic movements over the body. Once the Reiki session begins, Ki life force energy will flow through the practitioner’s hands to the client. The Reiki practitioner does not heal the client but acts as a channel through which Ki energy flows. What you experience during a Reiki session is highly individual. Some people experience Ki energy flow as deep relaxation, tingling, heat, coolness, light pressure, vibrations or nothing at all. Some clients like to talk, ask questions, get feedback and some prefer to be quiet throughout the session. It is completely the client’s choice for their session setting and environment. As a part of our quality assurance program, we require our new clients to fill our our Reiki Forms Packet. Our Notice of Privacy Practices will also be attached. You may keep a copy for your records, find it on our website or obtain a copy at our Englewood office.