Reiki may be one of the oldest healing systems in the world.
It is a holistic, spiritual healing practice that supports an individual’s system in balancing itself and treats all levels of mind, body, and spirit. Reiki can be experienced as a treatment given by a practitioner or can be self-administered after completing the first level of training.
The foundation and life of a Reiki practitioner are built upon these principles offered by Mikao Usui:
- Just for today, I will not anger.
- Just for today, I will not worry.
- Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
- Just for today, I will be kind to all living thing.
- Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.
We are encouraged to be fully present and participating in each moment as it unfolds.
*Note: there are multiple versions of these precepts and this is one common variation
Reiki is gentle, always beneficial, and can never harm. It can be given to people, animals, food, water, and plants. It complements other types of treatment and, in fact, Reiki is used in operating rooms during surgeries (even Dr. Oz has included Reiki in his OR!), as well as, during hematological procedures and Chemotherapy infusion appointments. During a standard Reiki treatment, the recipient is fully-clothed except for shoes and lies resting comfortably on a Reiki table. The practitioner gently rests the hands on the body, working through a sequence of positions on both the front and back of the body. Adaptations are easily made, and the effect(s) and the flow of Reiki are not compromised.
At this time, science cannot explain the specific mechanisms of Reiki, and the data is only somewhat reliable and subjective. That being said, there are universal benefits that recipients consistently report after receiving a Reiki treatment. Some of these include deep relaxation, improved sleep, relief from stress and anxiety, pain relief, accelerated injury recovery, feeling more mentally focused and energized, an overall feeling of peace and well-being, and feeling free from limiting beliefs. Truly, each recipient experiences Reiki in their own unique way and balance can mean something different at each session, depending on what the system needs in that moment.
Because Reiki is so versatile, it can be used in many environments and situations.
For example, Reiki stations and teams were set up to treat first responders and firefighters at Ground Zero in New York City during 9/11, and it is also used by professional sports teams to help athletes recover more quickly, as well as, to enhance athletic performance.
Currently, there are no universal standards or licensing requirements that govern Reiki professionals. Note that there are organizations like The International Association of Reiki Practitioners and the International Center for Reiki Training that has created basic standards, practices, and teaching materials in the various lineages of Reiki to suggest professional behaviors and produce professional content, but these are optional and do not serve as a licensing entity. As a result, the consumer or student will encounter many professionals with a wide variety of treatment styles, beliefs, and practices.
It is important to do your research on the practitioner to make sure that their practice and professional standards align with your needs and expectations. Be sure to ask plenty of questions and that she or he makes you feel comfortable.
If something doesn’t feel right, go with your instincts!
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