What is Reiki Energy Therapy?
Energy therapies are techniques used in supporting the mind, body, and spirit.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), energy healing therapy, also known as energy medicine, is a technique in which a practitioner channels healing energy through their hands (or other mediums, like acupuncture needles) to the client’s body to restore energy balance, which in turn brings about purported health benefits. Energy healing may or may not involve physical touch. (Every Day Health, What is Energy Healing?, Ashley Welch, July 2023).
What is Reiki?
Rei is universal life.
Ki is energy.
Reiki is guided life force energy.
Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free-flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.
Reiki is a great tool for stress reduction and relaxation and is a complement to traditional medicine and is practiced in hospitals and medical care settings.
Often, once someone has experienced Reiki, they will want to learn how to provide reiki to themselves which is what level Reiki I (shoden) teaches and Reiki II (okuden) so they can offer reiki to family and friends.
The best way to understand Reiki Energy Therapy is to experience it.
Harvard University Study
It's been a long time coming, but the Reiki study conducted at Harvard by members of the Center for Reiki Research (Dr. Natalie Dyer, Dr. Ann Baldwin, and William Rand) in 2015 and 2016 has now been accepted for publication in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine! This is the largest prospective Reiki study to date and hopefully will lead to more research.
A total of 1411 Reiki sessions were conducted and included in the analysis. Statistically significant improvements were observed for all outcomes of psychological and physical health, including pain, drowsiness, tiredness, nausea, appetite, shortness of breath, anxiety, depression, mood, and overall wellbeing, with moderate to large effect sizes (all p values < 0.001). The results from this large-scale multi-site effectiveness trial suggest that a single session of Reiki improves physical and psychological health. (Center for Reiki Research)
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