Are There Risks or Concerns Associated With Reiki?
Reiki massage therapy is a means of manipulating life force energy within and around a living being to promote healing and a state of well-being. Reiki has been known and practiced for at least 3,000 years, and there are no known risks, drawbacks, or dangers associated with this holistic therapy.
What Reiki Is
Reiki, as known in modern times, was not actually practiced and taught until the early Twentieth Century. Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui is said to have received a spiritual revelation concerning the nature of and actual practice for today’s reiki methods during a Buddhist training camp in Japan, and he opened a treatment and training center in Tokyo in 1922.
Reiki, a combination of two Japanese words, “rei,” meaning God or Higher Intelligence, and “ki” (or “chi” in Chinese), meaning life force energy, can be loosely translated as a universally, intelligently guided life force energy that is present in every living being.
During a reiki massage treatment, which usually lasts from forty-five to ninety minutes, a reiki practitioner uses his or her knowledge of how to absorb and work with universal energy within every body to remove negative energy, clear energy blockages, and promote positive energy flow, increased life force, and overall well-being.
What Reiki Is Not
Reiki is not a religion or specific spiritual belief system.
There is no dogma ever associated with reiki, though Mikao Usui did develop some ideals specific to reiki designed to promote a gracious lifestyle devoted to nurturing positive energy and health.
How a Reiki Treatment is Administered
To receive a reiki massage treatment, patients often lay on a table placed so that the reiki practitioner has free range of motion and access to all areas of the table.
Patients may also receive a reiki treatment while sitting, or, in some cases, even standing.
However, when a patient is lying down, they can more easily relax every area of their body. Lying on a table to receive a reiki treatment is particularly effective in longer treatment sessions, so that patients can allow all of their muscles to relax. Some patients may even relax to the point that they doze off.
Often reiki practitioners will arrange and decorate the reiki treatment area to promote relaxation.
After a Reiki Treatment: Continuing the Healing
Since a reiki treatment often involves redirecting energy flow within a body, removing negative energy, and even clearing energy blockages, reiki practitioners often suggest post-treatment steps for reiki patients.
Drinking plenty of water is usually recommended in order to help the body flush out toxins loosened and released during a reiki massage treatment. Likewise, reiki patients are often advised to get plenty of rest for a day or even a couple of days after a reiki treatment.
Some patients may even experience emotional turbulence in the hours immediately after a reiki treatment. Rest, meditation, and relaxation techniques can help reiki patients regain and maintain a healthy emotional equilibrium.
There is no set time recommended between reiki patients. Rather, the proper helpful frequency of reiki treatments varies with each patient. Some people may find that weekly treatments are helpful, especially when initially beginning reiki therapy, while others find that two or three treatments sessions every year are enough to help them maintain health and well-being.
Benefits of Reiki Treatment
Reiki massage therapy offers many noted benefits, both physical and spiritual. Results have been recorded by scientists studying reiki therapy, though concrete standards to measure bottom-line efficacy of reiki treatments have not yet been established within the Western medical academic community.
Reiki is safe for adults, children, and even pets.
When administered by a skilled practitioner, reiki is designed to correct energy imbalances within the body in order to fight disease and promote improved physical and spiritual well-being and better overall health.
Important physical benefits of reiki include lowered blood pressure, improved immunity function, enhanced relaxation, and improved circulation.
Other important benefits include a feeling of relaxation, reduced muscle tension, and reduction of negative effects of powerful medicines and medical treatments (such as radiation or chemotherapy for cancer patients).
Wider Implications of Reiki on a Daily Basis
Modern reiki founder Mikao Usui developed wider-reaching ideals to accompany the specific reiki knowledge of working with energy to promote health. These ideals are designed to promote a gracious lifestyle filled with positive energy for all who follow them. They also serve as virtues worthy of striving for due to their inherent, intrinsic value in and of themselves.