What are the Benefits of Reiki Massage?
Reiki massage, or reiki therapy, is a healing technique originating in Japan that promotes simultaneous physical and spiritual healing. Reiki healing promotes stress reduction and relaxation and is administered by a reiki healer. The underlying idea of reiki healing is that a life force flows through every person, and this force can be strengthened, restored, and redirected by a careful use of the reiki practitioner’s hands.
Origins of Reiki Massage
The word “reiki” is a combination of two Japanese words–”rei,” meaning God’s wisdom, and “ki,” meaning universal life force energy. Combined, these two words mean “spiritually guided universal life force energy.”
In reiki massage, a reiki practitioner, who has been attuned to life force energy by a reiki master, uses spiritual energy to promote equilibrium and heal a person’s aura (a personal, universal force believed to emanate from all people, animals, and objects that is even discernible by people with psychic sensitivity) through kneading, rubbing, touching, and simply laying on of hands on various body parts and areas to obtain spiritual healing.
Although belief in reiki energy is thousands of years old, the manipulation of this potent life force energy in a manner which is recognizable today did not evolve in Japan until the early days of the Twentieth Century.
Development of the modern reiki massage techniques practitioners use today is attributed to Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui in 1922.
Legends say that while Usui was undergoing a traditional 21-day Buddhist training course, he had a spiritual experience that revealed to him the knowledge and spiritual power needed to practice as well as attune others to practice what he called “reiki,” which initially entered his body through his Crown Chakra, a power center in everyone’s body located on top of the head. In 1922, Usui moved to Tokyo and founded the first modern reiki center that offered treatments and training.
How Reiki Works
Reiki is believed to work through an extremely specific process and connection between the reiki practitioner, the universal life force of energy, and the one receiving reiki treatment.
Reiki practitioners are taught to absorb energy from the universe and channel it into their patients to promote healing and well-being. Reiki practitioners also act as channels through which negative energy can be removed from patients’ bodies and replaced with positive energy.
Benefits of Reiki Massage
While a reiki treatment is not a physical manipulation of the muscles, as are Swedish massage techniques, for example, reiki therapy does promote a general feeling of well-being and calmness, which can result in relaxed muscles.
The benefits of reiki massage are numerous on both the physical and spiritual planes.
- Reiki massage provides pain relief and effective mannagement of chronic pain.
- Reiki massage can reduce high blood pressure.
- Reiki massage strengthens and protects the immune system.
- Reiki massage boosts the body’s healing properties.
- Reiki massage promotes healthier, deeper breathing and improved sleep habits.
- Reiki massage promotes effective detoxification and enhances the body’s ability to remove wastes and toxins.
- Reiki massage reduces side effects from drugs and other medical treatments.
- Reiki massage promotes vitality and postpones the aging process.
- Reiki massage removes energy blockages and promotes healthy circulation.
- Reiki massage promotes emotional stability and clarify along with spiritual growth.
What Does a Reiki Massage Feel Like?
During reiki therapy, sensations can be both physical as well as spiritual.
A reiki massage treatment can be effective yet involve very little actual touching between the reiki practitioner and the patient. However, specific physical sensations may be experienced by the patient during a reiki treatment.
For example, when sites of severe and/or long-standing energy blockages are cleared by a skilled reiki practitioner, the patient may feel a slight but discernible and distinct “twinge” specific to that area, followed by a more generalized feeling of relaxation.
Some patients may actually doze off during a reiki treatment. As the feeling of relaxation increases, often a patient’s breathing slows.
The end of a reiki massage treatment often results in a prolonged feeling of well-being within the patient. Patients often feel refreshed and have more positive and balanced outlooks.
After a reiki treatment, patients should relax for several hours and drink plenty of water to help the body flush out physical toxin
Sometimes, when deep-seated emotional energy blocks are released, patients may experience some emotional upset for a couple of days immediately following the reiki treatment.
Reiki Ideals Elevate Reiki into a Lifestyle Choice
Modern reiki developer Mikao Usui came up with helpful ideals designed to promote a specific lifestyle related to positive reiki principles that can guide all reiki practitioners, as well as benefit reiki patients, because ultimately they promote a life of daily grace and positive living.
“The secret art of inviting happiness.
The miraculous medicine of all diseases.
Just for today, do not anger.
Do not worry and be filled with gratitude.
Devote yourself to your work. Be kind to people.
Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer.
Pray these words to your heart
and chant these words with your mouth.”