What is Reiki
The word “Reiki” means “mysterious atmosphere, miraculous sign.” It comes from the Japanese words “rei” (universal) and “ki” (life energy). Reiki is a type of energy healing.
Energy healing targets the energy fields around the body.
According to practitioners, energy can stagnate in the body where there has been physical injury or possibly emotional pain. In time, these energy blocks can cause illness.
Energy medicine aims to help the flow of energy and remove blocks in a similar way to acupuncture or acupressure. Improving the flow of energy around the body, say practitioners, can enable relaxation, reduce pain, speed healing, and reduce other symptoms of illness.
Reiki has been around for thousands of years. Its current form was first developed in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist called Mikao Usui, who reportedly taught 2,000 people the Reiki method during his lifetime. The practice spread to the U.S. through Hawaii in the 1940s, and then to Europe in the 1980s.
It is commonly referred to as palm healing or hands-on healing.
What happens in a Reiki session?
Reiki is best held in a peaceful setting, but it can be carried out anywhere. The patient will sit in a comfortable chair or lie on a table, fully clothed. There may or may not be music, depending on the patient’s preference.
The practitioner places their hands lightly on or over specific areas of the head, limbs, and torso using different hand shapes, for between 2 and 5 minutes. The hands can be placed over 20 different areas of the body.
If there is a particular injury, such as a burn, the hands may be held just above the wound.
While the practitioner holds their hands lightly on or over the body, the transfer of energy takes place. During this time, the practitioner’s hands may be warm and tingling. Each hand position is held until the practitioner senses that the energy has stopped flowing.
When the practitioner feels that the heat, or energy, in their hands has abated, they will remove their hands and may place them over a different area of the body.
Some Reiki techniques
The techniques involved have names such as:
- extracting harmful energies
- smoothing and raking the aura
According to practitioners, the healing effects are mediated by channeling the universal energy known as qi, pronounced “chi.” In India, this is known as “prana.” This is the same energy involved in tai chi exercise. It is the life force energy that some believe surrounds all of us.
This energy is said to permeate the body. Reiki experts point out that, while this energy is not measurable by modern scientific techniques, it can be felt by many who tune in to it.
Reiki is alleged to aid relaxation, assist in the body’s natural healing processes, and develop emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.
It is also said to induce deep relaxation, help people cope with difficulties, relieve emotional stress, and improve overall wellbeing.
People who receive Reiki describe it as “intensely relaxing.”
Conditions that Reiki has been used to help treat include:
- heart disease
- chronic pain
- neurodegenerative disorders
- Crohn’s disease
- fatigue syndromes
Where can I get Reiki?
Paul Carroll is a qualified Reiki Master Practitioner and Bio Energy Therapist. Having trained at Bio Energy Ireland, he is current Treasurer of BETA (Bio Energy Therapy Association) and Vice Chairperson of Reiki Federation of Ireland.
A work accident in 2008 left Paul with a devastating back injury and after many failed medical procedures he faced a life of chronic pain and depression. Finally, after being introduced to Bio Energy Therapy, Paul was able to reclaim his life and is now completely pain-free. So life-changing was the treatment Paul decided to train as a Bio Energy Therapist so that he could help others live a happy, healthy and pain-free life too.
At his Malahide clinic, he treats both young and old and with varying ailments both physical and psychological i.e all pain related issues, stress and anxiety. Treatments are gentle and non-invasive, are a complementary therapy and do not interfere with conventional medicine practices. By special request he can also facilitate treatment at client’s own home, hospitals and nursing/hospice care centers.
To understand how Reiki can help you, then please give me Paul a call on 085 106 7700 and he will be delighted to help.
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