Tuesday, December 20, 2005

What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning "universal life energy." This life force energy can be defined as energy in all created matter. "Ki" is similar in thought to "chi" or "qi" in Chinese medicine, Hindu "prana" and Christian "light." Reiki is hands-on energy healing where the practitioner serves as an open channel for transmitting the "ki" to others. The energy is channeled through the hands to the client, which activates the body's own natural ability to heal itself. Reiki goes to wherever it is needed most, releasing blocked energies, cleansing the body of toxins, working to create a state of balance and harmony, and promoting relaxation and healing.
Reiki practitioners, with a centered intent to help the client achieve relaxation, reduce pain and/or anxiety, use their hands to direct healing energy. The practitioner's intent is to support the healing process from a conscious and compassionate state. The client, to benefit, must have the willingness to (change) that which is to be helped. Light touch is used on, or above the client's fully-clothed body. Shoes can be removed for added comfort.
Reiki practices are just beginning to be formally studied. Case studies are published in books, magazines and on the web for more information about others' experiences.

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