What the Heck is Reiki?
Perhaps one of the most common questions I have been getting these days, is what the heck is reiki? I’ll first say that there are a lot of resources out there on this and they are likely going to give a far more in depth explanation than I am. That being said as a reiki practitioner I’ve got my take on it, and I am happy to share it with you.
To make sense of reiki we must first talk about energy. I am energy. You are energy. Your dog is energy. Plants are energy. Everything is energy. There is a universal life force that is surging in us, through us and around us all of the time.
Now here is where reiki comes in. Reiki is a Japanese tradition based on the principle that energy can be channeled to the body promoting relaxation, healing and overall well-being.
The technique involves the practitioner touching or hovering over various parts of the body or energy centres. These energy centres are also known as the seven chakras, which run from the base of your spine to the crown of your head.
Many people see reiki as being a little woo-wooish, trust me I did at one time too, so how I explain it largely depends on the person.
Some people like my more ‘scientific’ explanation: reiki helps you get into a state of relaxation that stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system. Once in that state your body does a better job of healing itself.
Some people like my more woo-woo explanation: reiki is channeling that universal energy force to the body, balancing the chakras and moving stagnant energy to promote healing.
You can take whichever explanation you like, both of them are true!
Some of the benefits of reiki include relaxation, stress-reduction, relief from pain and headaches, increase in energy and improved sleep. The energy goes where it needs to go, and it is sometimes experienced in unexpected ways.
How you experience reiki will also vary from person to person. Some people may have intense emotional and physical reactions, some people feel heat, coolness or tingling, some people have visions or receive messages, some people don’t feel much and some people fall asleep! Once again all of these are okay.
There is no contraindication to reiki, which means there is no downside or negative to using it. However, it is important to also know that reiki compliments medical treatment, it does not replace it. Reiki is not a substitute for a visit to the doctor.
And finally to add one final layer of mystery, there is a technique for distance healing. You can experience the same benefits of reiki even if you aren’t in the same room – it can be sent across distances. I know it sounds a little crazy, but I have had some pretty powerful experiences with distance reiki as both the giver and receiver.
So, there you have it – the very basics of what reiki is. Of course, there is a lot more information to check out if your curiosity continues.
If you have more questions I am happy to answer them!
If you are still curious or perhaps more intrigued than before, consider trying out a session with me! I offer in person sessions in the Burlington-Hamilton region, and distance sessions from anywhere in the world.