One of my students recently asked, "What is Reiki?" my attempt to respond after class in a simple and broad statement about a complex system of healing leads me to this post.
REI (ray) means universal
KI (key) means life force energy
The Chinese identify this energy as Chi (chee), in India it is called Prana (prah-na), and the Japanese know it as Ki (key). Reiki is a gentle Japanese technique used to transfer universal life force energy through various hand positions over the body. Reiki is a subtle form of energy work that can be done hands on, hands above, or across a distance. The energy transferred goes wherever it is needed in your physical, mental, or energetic systems. Reiki promotes the relaxation response; activating the autonomic nervous system to lower blood pressure and heart rate, relieving tension and anxiety. Reiki augments the immune systems defenses and stimulates the production of endorphins, decreasing pain perception and creating a sense of well being. Reiki addresses both chronic and acute conditions, gently and powerfully promoting and restoring balance to all the systems of the body and the regenerative processes of the mind. Many hospitals and medical clinics are recognizing the benefits of Reiki and offering it as a healing option in their facilities.
The practice of Reiki is based on the teachings of a Japanese monk, Dr. Mikao Usui, who taught and practiced Reiki in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The origins of Reiki are found in the Tibetan sutras, cosmology, and philosophy. Quantum physics has demonstrated that all substance is composed of invisible energy fields. These energy systems sustain the body and mind. The chakra-nadi system (India) and the acupuncture meridian system (China) are two ancient models describing the flow of universal life force energy through the body. These energy fields are known as Chakras, which is Sanskrit for wheels, as these energy fields are believed to be moving and spinning. There are seven major chakras located from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. They correspond to endocrine glands and the six major nerve plexuses of the body. Conditions of imbalance are thought to be rooted in the human energy patterns, Reiki offers the possibility of bringing a healing balance back to the body and mind.
For more information and links on this subject:
The Original Reiki Handbook of Dr. Mikao Usui ~ Dr. Usui and F. A. Petter
Reiki Energy Medicine: Bringing the Healing Touch into Home, Hospital and Hospice ~ L. Barnett, M. Chambers, and S. Davidson
For an opportunity to experience a wonderful Reiki session contact:
Michelle Heron RN, BSN, E-RYT
Kripalu Yoga Teaher
Yin Yoga & Mindfulness
Certified Usui Reiki Master
978 314 1156
Reiki I $100 3 hour session with initial attunement, focusing on self-healing and the ability to perform Reiki on others.
Reiki II $200 3 hour session with 2nd attunement, focusing on harnessing Reiki for travel over time and distance.
Reiki III $300 3-4 hour session with 3rd attunement, open discussion of Reiki treatment, fine tuning chakra awareness using crystals, and grids.