The Gentle Practice of Reiki

Reiki is a gentle, therapeutic modality that originated in Japan to promote stress reduction and relaxation for the natural healing of the body. Reiki is a technique centered on the placing of hands on or above certain areas of the body to release blocked energy, which creates the body’s own healing response. It is based on the concept of a life force energy flowing through the body. While this has not been proven scientifically, Reiki practitioners believe that if the life force energy gets blocked, then an individual is more likely to experience higher stress levels or get sick.

Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the original Reiki system of natural healing, made the mind-body connection early on, which became the core philosophy behind the practice. He recommended that in order to stay physically healthy, an individual should adopt the following five simple, ethical ideals that are universally acknowledged across all cultures for inner peace and harmony:

  1. Avoid anger.
  2. Be kind to others.
  3. Express gratitude.
  4. Work hard.
  5. Don’t take life too seriously.

Reiki is an alternative therapy that aims to treat the whole person—physical, emotional, and mental. A series of Reiki sessions may help to facilitate deep relaxation, stress relief, and an overall feeling of wellbeing. It is a generally safe, non-invasive method of healing that may also be used in coordination with more conventional medical treatments.

Be sure to consult your health care provider for a medical condition or health concern that you may be experiencing before undertaking Reiki or other complementary and alternative medicine therapies.

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  1. Riley Ellis on October 22, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Wow! I’d never heard of Reiki before this! It sounds like a helpful and relaxing practice, especially for a stressed out college student like myself

  2. Danie Matthews on October 23, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Are you guys against conventional medicine to treat these things?

  3. Mabel Smith on October 25, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Wow! Do you know of any risks associated with Reiki?

  4. Charly Neel on October 25, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    So if someone has a physical illness, like the flu, would this help? Or is it more for holistic and emotional/mental healing?

  5. Daniella Gordon on October 27, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Is Reiki a form of massage therapy, or is it in its own class of healing therapy?

  6. Natalie Schobert on October 30, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    I didn’t know about this form of therapy. There are some amazing types of therapy and I bet this brings relief to countless people! What types of conditions would Reiki help with?

  7. Justin Donnell on November 2, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    This kind of therapy would be useful to those that are open to receiving someone else energy and feeling the good vibes.

  8. Alexandra Moua on November 3, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    How does one become a reiki practioner? Is feeling and unblocking energy something that can be learned? Or should a potential practitioner have a healing touch prior to becoming one?