Reiki and Other Alternative Therapies
Reiki is a non-invasive form of energy healing that relies on the idea that all living things possess an energy source known as “ki.” Practitioners transmit this life force through their hands in order to help balance the body’s system and promote healing.
Reiki can also be used for emotional healing and to enhance one’s sense of wellbeing. Many people report that reiki helps them cope with chronic pain, stress and anxiety better; additionally, those suffering from insomnia may find it helpful in improving their sleep quality.
Though its roots in spiritual practices, reiki is not a religion and practitioners and clients come from all backgrounds.
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is an ancient healing technique developed in Japan by Makao Usui, a Buddhist monk who climbed a mountain and starved himself for 21 days to hone his abilities as a healer.
He taught his students how to use Reiki for physical healing, and many went on to practice. Hawayo Takata in particular was a first-generation Japanese-American who returned to Japan after suffering from asthma and other medical issues; she sought the healing techniques of Usui during this period.
Takata was so inspired by her sessions with Usui that she decided to become a teacher herself, training 22 practitioners in Hawaii.
Reiki has been practiced for centuries and it’s believed to have its roots in both Chinese and Japanese cultures. This healing modality involves using one’s hands to transfer energy through the body, promoting physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Reiki is a holistic approach to health that’s often combined with conventional medicine and other complementary therapies like yoga or meditation. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), reiki may even be beneficial for people undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
Although no formal scientific study has been done on the effects of reiki on pain, studies suggest it can reduce intensity for those suffering from osteoarthritis, back pain and migraines. Furthermore, some believe reiki may aid with depression and other mental health conditions.
Reiki has no known side effects, making it a safe and relaxing experience for those who receive it. However, it should be noted that reiki cannot replace prescription medications or psychotherapy.
Reiki is an organic, effective way to induce feelings of relaxation and serenity that can help people feel in control of their lives. Additionally, it stimulates the production of endorphins – those “feel good” chemicals produced in the body that promote feelings of wellbeing and enhance moods.
Reiki has also been found to have beneficial effects on patients undergoing surgery, with some studies showing significant reductions in pain and anxiety for those who received it. Furthermore, reiki may help those dealing with depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.