The Benefits of Reiki Are Many

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAReiki is an energy-healing therapy that treats the whole person, emotionally, physically and spiritually, through the transmission of energy to balance and strengthen the body’s energy centers, or Chakras, based on ancient Eastern techniques. The benefits of Reiki are many. Reiki is Japanese for “universal life force.” It is an ancient healing art.  Reiki is a non-manipulative, hands on healing technique that helps to stimulate immune system function and maximize innate healing potential.

The awareness that an unseen energy flows through all living things and directly affects the quality of a person’s health has been part of the wisdom of many cultures since ancient times. This life energy goes by many names: Qi in China, Ki in Japan, Prana in India, and science refers to it as bio-field energy. When your life energy is low, it is more difficult to deal with stress; you may not sleep well, and you’re more susceptible to illness. When your life energy is strong, you feel strong, can more easily deal with stress, and are less likely to get sick. This is a technique that increases a person’s supply of life energy.

Universal life source energy is administered through the hands of a Reiki practitioner with the client lying fully clothed on a massage table. A session lasts between 45 minutes to an hour and a half. Reiki energy flows from the practitioner’s hands and into the client’s body and energy field. . The Reiki practitioner places his or her hands at locations around the head and shoulders, the abdomen and on the legs and feet. Tissue is not manipulated. The practitioner’s hands are held at each location, lightly touching the body. Reiki energy flows from the practitioner’s hands and into the client’s body and energy field.

The profoundly relaxing effects associated with Reiki make it an effective treatment for anxiety, stress, and the management of difficult emotions and addictions. It complements any other form of medical treatment.

This practice allows muscles to relax and increases blood flow to treated areas, which in turn quickens the healing process. Practitioners and clients report help with stress, headaches, insomnia, upset stomach, sprains and other minor conditions. Reiki also promotes psychological healing, including release of anger, fear, worry, sadness and other unhealthy feelings, and replaces them with self-worth, confidence and tranquility. Use in Hospitals Reiki is becoming increasingly popular with the medical community, with over 800 hospitals across the U.S. offering Reiki as a standard part of hospital care. A research study at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut indicates that Reiki improved patient sleep by 86 percent, reduced pain by 78 percent, reduced nausea by 80 percent, and reduced anxiety during pregnancy by 94 percent. In addition, Nurses report that Reiki can help patients heal faster with less pain, reduces stress and improves mental attitude, improves appetite, and can help reduce the negative side effects of chemotherapy, radiation and other medical procedures.

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Written by Laura Richer
Laura Richer, CHt, is a Certified Hypnotherapist and Master Life Coach. Laura's love of learning has taken her to Western Washington University, The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Basytr University, and Seattle Life Coach Master Training as well as many self-help seminars, transformational workshops, yoga classes, spiritual retreats, and much more.

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