Reiki: Hands on Healing to Restore Inner Balance
Reiki is a Japanese technique involving “laying on hands” to promote stress reduction, relaxation, and to restore overall body and mind healing. Reiki is based on the believe that we are all governed by life force energy that flows through us. If one’s “life force energy” is low they are more susceptible to disease and depression. If one’s “life force energy” is high we are more able to live a happy and healthy life.
Reiki was developed by Mikao Usui who developed a set of spiritual ideals for his energetic healing. They are based on his believe that the patient must make an active commitment to their healing. In order for the healing energies to have lasting results, the patient must accept responsibility for his or her healing and take an active part in it.
Reiki practitioners believe in treating the whole person which includes body, emotions, mind and spirit. Reiki sessions can bring about significant changes which include relaxation, stress reduction, and feelings of well being and security. Many people have reported miraculous results with continued Reiki energetic healing sessions.
So go ahead and schedule a Reiki session…Your body and mind will love you for it
Although Reiki has been practiced for nearly a century, the eastern art and its counterparts of acupuncture and reflexology have only recently made their way into the mainstream medical community, as more physicians and hospitals explore the benefits of adding alternative medicine to their treatment plans.
Reiki, developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui, uses strategic hand placements to transfer energy known as the “universal life force” in an effort to bring a person’s energy into balance. Individuals can receive certification as a Level I or II practitioner or as a Reiki master after taking a series of classes with a master.
She added, “It’s not in my realm to know what [my clients] will experience. What I do know is that when people are injured or just living their daily lives, there is often a part of it that is lived in ‘stress mode.’ Our bodies are wired to respond to stress very quickly to help us resolve this issue. In today’s society, we have a tendency to live in a constant cycle of stress. Reiki taps into the other systems and promotes relaxation.”
Jean Golin, who has been practicing Reiki for 18 years, said she’s seen the benefits first hand, especially when working with cancer patients at Moments House, in Pittsfield, Mass., where she helped establish free weekly sessions for cancer patients, and more recently with hospice patients.
“It’s all about healing, harmonizing and balancing the body,” she said. “You are helping individuals heal in many ways — the body, mind and spirit. It’s a practice that allows the individual to receive what they need in that moment, whether its the need to relax or to take away physical pain. For some, it may be a spiritual need than a physical one. We don’t know what anyone person’s journey is, but it’s wonderful to help bring them relief in that moment.”
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