Reiki is a spiritual practice that is used by the Japanese to heal various conditions. It involves the laying of the hands or palm healing in people who wanted to have some form of relief. Reiki is considered a complementary medicine or even oriental medicine. The term Reiki was derived from two Japanese words “Rei” meaning the Higher Power or God’s Wisdom and “Ki” meaning life force of energy.
The term Reiki, simply means universal energy. The technique used in Reiki as a therapy involves the use of the palms to transfer the universal energy (reiki) using the ki of a person that is believed to result in a state of equilibrium or healing. When the universal energy is transferred, it creates balance in a person’s body; thereby healing and wellness results.
Reiki has two main branches—Western Reiki and Traditional Japanese Reiki. The main difference of the two main branches is the use of the hands for the therapy. In Japanese Reiki, therapists use an intuitive hand positions while Western Reiki involves a systematized hand placements.
The use of ki in Reiki is generally a form of belief rather than an established body of knowledge. In fact, some research indicates that Reiki has no scientific evidence and that healing is not a definite result of the therapy. Even the National Center or Complementary and Alternative Medicine have also found no strong evidence of the efficacy of Reiki in the management of illness. Despite these, Reiki still remains to be used by more people because of the belief in the universal energy that flows in and out of our body, which may be used to promote healing.
Reiki also has a hierarchy of degrees. Each degree has a specific technique and skills used by therapists. These include:
- First Degree Reiki
First Degree Reiki or Shoden teaches basic procedures and theories regarding the therapy. In this degree, hand positions are learned in order to optimize healing in a person. After the first degree, a person can now treat others or himself using Reiki.
- Second Degree Reiki
Second degree or Okuden involves learning various symbols to enhance the distance and strength over which the therapy can be employed.
- Third Degree Reiki
Third degree or Shinpiden is the final step to Reiki learning. After which, a person becomes a Reiki Master wherein he can teach others in Reiki
Uses of Reiki
Uses of Reiki may include healing, stress reduction and relaxation. It involves physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing that enhances the peace and relaxation of a person. The benefits of Reiki are based on an unseen force of energy as discussed earlier. When this force of energy becomes low, the individual usually suffers stress or sickness and should be increased to regain health, happiness and balance. In order to achieve this, other people may use their hands in order to transfer positive energy from himself to the afflicted person. This is done through the laying of hands. It is believed that our hands are the exit point of universal energy which we can use to increase the ki of other people.
Despite the absence of supportive evidences on the existence of ki, people may still employ Reiki since this therapy is non-invasive and does not result in adverse events. The positive impact of Reiki may be based on your faith and belief in the efficacy of the therapy.
Ask about Reiki and massage therapy at your next visit to Dr. Mohr’s office, your local Wesley Chapel chiropractor.