Reiki FAQs

What is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is, in its simplest translation, Universal Life Energy.  It is referred to in other cultures as “chi,” “prana,” or “spirit.”  It is the life force that exists in all things.  The practice of Reiki is the art and science of channeling this universal life energy, or force, to promote physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

How Does Reiki Work?
As Reiki involves directing the natural flow of universal energy, it can best be likened to recharging a battery.  When a battery’s energy supply is low, it doesn’t function well.  By introducing a charge to it, it can once again run on its own. Reiki works much the same way.  If you or your client are suffering from illness, stress, or fatigue your energy supply is lessened.  Reiki assists your body in bringing its energy level back to its natural flow, thereby enhancing your body’s own healing powers.  With Reiki, you’ll find colds leave faster; cuts and broken bones heal in less time; and stress levels diminish.

What does Reiki energy feel like?
Reiki is a gentle and subtle energy transference.  Some people experience warmth from the touch of practitioner; others feel a tingling or pulsing sensation.  Still others report simply an expanded sense of peace, relaxation, and awareness.

What happens during a Reiki treatment?
A Reiki treatment is conducted through a series of carefully orchestrated touch patterns.  The client lies down on a standard massage table (fully clothed) and, beginning at the head, the practitioner moves their hands through these patterns down toward the client’s feet.  Each position is held for approximately two to three minutes.  A full treatment takes about an hour. The amount of energy transferred depends on the client’s needs.  The touch is very gentle – Reiki is not a massage technique, but more of a “laying on of hands.”  It is entirely up to the person being treated whether or not they accept the energy being given, as free will is always involved in the healing process.

Who can benefit from Reiki?
Quite simply, everyone.  If you are basically healthy, Reiki works to help you stay clear and balanced.  If you have been diagnosed with a dis-ease, received an injury, or find yourself dealing with any other sources of stress, Reiki can assist the healing process.  For those times when a person is transitioning from this world, Reiki has been known to make the journey easier and more peaceful.  Babies love Reiki, as do animals, plants, all living things.

Does the client have to believe in Reiki for it to work?  Do I have to believe in it to learn it?
Absolutely not.  All that is required is an open mind and willingness to accept the energy.  Reiki is not related to any specific religious belief or dogma.  It is purely the channeling of the life energy of the universe.

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