WHAT EXACTLY IS REIKI?
Reiki (pronounced “ray-key”) means universal (rei) life force (ki). It is a form of vibrational healing developed in early twentieth-century Japan, involving light laying on of hands. Reiki is a simple practice that works with the energetic and vibrational fields flowing within and around every one of us. Healing energy flows through the practitioner’s hands and into the cells of the person receiving the treatment.
The least intrusive and most relaxing of the complementary healing practices, Reiki balances and nourishes the body, mind and spirit. Because it gently encourages a person’s system toward its own unique balance, Reiki can literally benefit anyone in any situation. Reiki is non- invasive, gentle and safe. Reiki is one of the most rapidly growing healing therapies today, inviting wellness into every level of our being---physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Reiki is a safe and gentle way to help your body heal itself. Doctors who recommend Reiki will say that is it relaxing and reduces stress. Why is that important to good health? Studies have shown meditation increases natural hormones serotonin and endorphins. A Reiki treatment most commonly brings about a state of relaxation comparable to meditation. It results in increased levels of serotonin and endorphins which are key to good health. If you are stressed and tense your body will react by releasing cortisol, adrenaline, and other hormones which are known to compromise the immune system and can result in depression and anxiety.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A REIKI TREATMENT?
Here are just some of the commonly reported benefits of Reiki:
Elimination of pain
Relief of stress & anxiety
Promotes Deep Relaxation and Serenity
Speeds healing from surgery, illness & emotional trauma
Eases symptoms of diseases (AIDS, cancer, depression and many other conditions)
Revitalizes the body’s organs and tissues
Balances the energy centers (chakras)
Strengthens the immune system
Improves energy and appetite during chemotherapy and radiation
Brings peace to those who are nearing the end of life
Compatible with all conventional medical treatments
Safe and effective for children and the elderly.
Hospitals such as MGH and Brigham and Women’s routinely use Reiki for many aspects of their in-patient care including pain management, blood pressure control, and pre- and post-operative care. Emerson Hospital will provide a practitioner if you are an in-patient and request a treatment. There are no known contraindications for Reiki, and it is one of the most rapidly growing healing therapies today. Nurses in most states receive Continuing Education Units for Reiki training.
WHAT WILL MY REIKI SESSION BE LIKE?
Reiki is done as a partnership, with Julia channeling the energy to where you and your body most want it to flow.
The treatment room is set up with a padded table especially created for massage and Reiki and is made up with clean sheets and a blanket to make you feel at home and as comfortable as possible. In a one-hour Reiki treatment, you lie down fully clothed on the massage table, removing only glasses and shoes. Julia places her hands gently on your body in specific positions on the front and back of the torso, around the head, and on the knees and feet. Her hands are usually kept still for 2 to 5 minutes before moving to the next position. You will feel a light tingling or warmth accompanied by a deep sense of relaxation. This is an indication that the Reiki energy is flowing. The simultaneous calming of the mind and nervous system brings about greater inner spaciousness and peace.
Please note that Reiki can also be given in any other position that is comfortable for you, such as lying on your side, or sitting in a chair.