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Reiki is an ancient method of energy healing.

Humans are made of energy, this is science. Picture a circle around yourself. This circle represents your unique electro-magnetic energy. Now imagine yourself in a crowded park, amongst others who also have circles around themselves. What you should begin to visualize is something akin to the Olympic 5-ring symbol, on a grander scale. You (and your energy) do not exist and function independently. To take is a step further, your energy, which is affected by your daily thoughts, stresses, & emotions, touches and affects others and vice versa. Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Acupuncture, and Reiki are based on this principle and the idea that energy can be harnessed and channeled.

Reiki is a form of ‘laying of hands’ healing. During a session, the practitioner accesses a universal energy connection us all, and channels it into their client by simply putting their hands over the person in a number of learned positions. While energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it can be manipulated and transformed. There is no mystery to this technique. Reiki gives your energy a boost, and identifies areas in your body that need attention or healing.

If you place a book on your stomach, what happens? All your attention is suddenly focussed on the presence of an object on the abdomen, and by default, the abdomen. To illustrate how this connects to Reiki, I use an example of treating someone in grief. Giving Reiki to this person would involve laying hands over the chest. The client may not be allowing them self to express grief and emotion. As a result, the lungs and muscles around the heart may be constricted as a means of coping and self-protection, manifesting as hunched shoulders and shallow breathing. Reiki acts as the aforementioned book; it focusses energy and allows it to flow into the area of concern, reminding the client to give more attention there. At the same time, it begins to shift the energy there from negative to positive, from low vibration to high vibration. Is is as simple as that. Reiki practitioners surround a client with loving, positive energy, helping the person to relax, which in itself opens the door to healing and restoration.

From a strictly Western perspective, everyone needs to be touched; gentle, soothing touch stimulates your brain to produce ‘feel good’ hormones/chemicals. Further, studies have shown that hospital patients who receive Reiki treatments recover more quickly from injury and disease, proving it to be an excellent adjunct to more traditional means of healing. Reiki can be done while one is fully clothed, and is a good option for those who cannot receive deeper bodywork, including new mothers, the elderly, cancer patients, and other who are very ill.