Reiki is to be considered a spiritual ‘laying of hands’ style of treatment. It has yet to be studied in any depth by Western science. There is no manipulation, massage, acupressure or any other form of manual therapy performed on the patient which can both improve the procedures appeal, and also provide ammo for skeptics.
However, some studies have shown that the temperature of a practitioner’s hands is considerably higher after performing Reiki, or is this simply yet another myth of alternative therapy?
The name Reiki comes from the Japanese pronunciation of two Chinese characters that are said to describe the energy itself: ‘rei’ (meaning ‘soul’, ‘spirit’ or ‘ghost’) and ‘ki’ (meaning ‘life force energy’).
Natural healers use this Japanese technique that employs a method for clearing negative energy. If a person’s life force energy is low or blocked then sickness and/or anxiety will be the outcome. A laying on of hands initiates the energy healing…
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a form of treatment technique used as a complementary therapy for the treatment of physical, emotional, and mental illnesses. This practice is based around the understanding that life is supported by an unseen, life-force energy (Ki). When this energy is low, one is likely to become ill. Practitioners use this life force energy channeled through their hands to bring about relaxation and healing to the patient. Reiki healing has been widely known to have positive (sometimes miraculous) effects in treating virtually every known illness and is always beneficial to the patient being treated.
Reiki Hand Positions
Place your hands together over the eyes. Cup your hands gently so that the palms do not touch the eyes, which can be uncomfortable for the client. Rest the base of your hands on the forehead, and allow the tip of your fingers to rest very lightly on the cheeks. If your hands start to sweat put a cloth or paper tissue above the eyes.
Cup your hands gently around each ear.
Position 2B (optional)
Rest your hands on the crown of the head.
Slide your hands gently under the head. Hold the head with the hands together and the fingers extending towards the neck. Cup your fingers around the skull touching its base with your fingertips.
Wrap your thumb under the neck and rest your hands and fingers over the collarbone.
Position 4B (alternate)
Wrap your hands lightly around the chin and throat.
Gently slide your left hand under the neck. Place your right hand over the heart.
Rest your hands on the upper stomach. Place the fingers of one hand under the base of the other hand to connecting the flow of healing energy.
Slide both hands to the middle area of the stomach.
Slide your hands one more time placing them over the lower abdomen over the hip bones.
Use both hands to hold the right foot.
Use both hands to hold the other foot.
Now hold both feet using both hands in any way that’s comfortable for you.
At this point ask your patient to flip to the prone position. Place your hands over the upper back keeping your fingers close together.
Rest your hands on the upper back. Place the fingers of one hand under the base of the other hand to connecting the flow of healing energy.
Slide both hands to the middle back.
Slide both hands on more time Slide your hands down one more time placing them on the lower back.
Position 15B (optional)
Place hands behind the heart and on the lower back.