What is Reiki?

Reiki is an energy-healing therapy that treats the whole person—emotionally, physically, and spiritually—through the transmission of universal life energy to balance and strengthen the body’s energy centers, or Chakras, based on Eastern techniques.

Japanese for “universal life force” or “the energy inherent to all creation,” Reiki is a healing art and science. This non-manipulative, hands-on healing technique helps to stimulate immune system function and maximize an individual’s innate healing potential.

This modality uses hand positions on or above parts of the body that correspond to the major organs and energy centers, such as the heart or adrenal glands. The purpose of Reiki is to increase the self-healing power inherent in all, to directly connect an individual to universal life source energy.

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Reiki at Seattle Healing in Queen Anne
Reiki at Seattle Healing in Queen Anne
Reiki at Seattle Healing in Queen Anne
Reiki at Seattle Healing in Queen Anne

Some of the benefits of its benefits include helping patients heal faster with less pain; reducing stress and improving mental attitude; increasing appetite; and helping to reduce the negative side effects of chemotherapy, radiation, and other medical procedures. Practitioners and clients report help with stress, headaches, insomnia, upset stomach, sprains, and other minor conditions. Energy work also promotes psychological healing, including release of anger, fear, worry, sadness, and other unhealthy feelings, and replaces them with self-worth, confidence, and tranquility.

Becoming increasingly popular with the medical community, Reiki as a standard part of hospital care in more than 800 hospitals across the United States.

What to Expect

To make sure that you have the best possible experience, take the time to find and choose a practitioner with whom you feel comfortable and who meets your standards. At Seattle Healing, we offer a complimentary assessment for new clients to ensure that we are a good fit to work together.

Our office has a dedicated treatment room for Reiki, where we play soft music during the session as a way of masking ambient noise; however, if you prefer silence, that is acceptable as well. During your session, you will remain fully clothed, lying on a treatment table or sitting comfortably in a chair.

Reiki is offered through light, non-invasive touch with the practitioner’s hands placed and held on a series of locations on the head and front and back of the torso. Additional placements on the arms or legs can be done as needed (e.g., if there is an injury or condition that would benefit from additional focus on that area). The experience of a treatment is subjective and can be subtle or profound. You could experience heat in the practitioner’s hands, or sometimes the practitioner’s hands feel cool or even cold.

Reiki at Seattle Healing and HypnotherapyOur clients often comment on how relaxing they find Reiki to be. Some clients report feeling that they are hovering in a threshold state of consciousness while still being aware of their surroundings. Some people fall into a deep, sleep-like dream state. The experience of Reiki can be dramatic; however, for some people, the first session in particular might be uneventful, although they feel better afterward.

The most common experience is an almost immediate release of stress and a feeling of deep relaxation. If you become uncomfortable, you can adjust your position at any time. Be sure to ask for anything that will add to your comfort, such as additional support under your knees or a blanket. This time is for you, and we are here to help. Receiving energy work treatment is a passive experience. You don’t need to try and relax or control your thoughts; just let Reiki relax you. Feel free to daydream, listen to the music, focus on your breathing, or simply enjoy the sensations of the therapy.

Reiki is cumulative, and even people who don’t notice much the first time usually have deeper experiences if they continue with the therapy. You might notice other changes occurring as the day goes on—perhaps a sense of relaxed well-being, better digestion, and deeper sleep. People typically leave an energy work session feeling refreshed; many notice feeling more tired than usual in the evening or slightly more emotional. This is not an adverse reaction, but rather the body’s natural healing response. Honor whatever wants to be healed, and be kind and gentle with yourself after a treatment.

Seattle Healing is currently accepting new clients, and we would love to talk to you about how Reiki can help you in your daily life. Feel free to read more information about Reiki in our Blog.

Watch Andi Lucas Explain How Reiki Helped Her with Shoulder Pain