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Is Reiki Right For You?
Wellness
Published Monday Jul 30, 2018 by Libby Blumberg

Is Reiki Right For You?

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“Your body’s ability to heal is greater than anyone has permitted you to believe.” 
- unknown 

As healthcare costs rise, many of us are searching for natural ways to maintain health and ward off disease. Without question, we need more information about how some of the practices beyond our daily routines—proper nutrition, exercise, sleep—can contribute to health and wellness, like yoga, meditation, crystals, essential oils, and Reiki. 

But can Reiki really influence your wellbeing? Whether you’ve never heard of this word or it’s already part of your practice, here is a little knowledge on how this technique can elevate your path to wellness. 


What is Reiki?

According to the International Center for Reiki Training, “Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by ’laying on hands’ and is based on the idea that an unseen ‘life force energy’ flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's ‘life force energy’ is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.” 


How do you practice Reiki?

During a Reiki session, you lie on a couch, bed, or massage table, fully clothed. The Reiki practitioner may diffuse oils, play relaxing music, and share affirmations along with the treatment, but every session is different. Although there are over a thousand styles of Reiki, they are all founded on the same principle. The practitioner channels the life force energy already in and around us. He, or she, helps us tap into that energy and use it to relax, reduce stress, and heal.

In the original Usui Reiki Method, there are 12 hand positions, which all correspond to the seven chakras (energy centers) of the body. The hands can be placed on the body or hover above it, depending on the Reiki style and your comfort or needs. With each hand position—lasting up to five minutes—the entire process takes about an hour. 

People often report a warmth or tingling with each hand position, which means it’s working! Reiki is practiced on men, women, children, and even animals. It can also be done remotely, over a voice or video connection. Remember, the energy is always there—waiting for us to use it for our own wellness.


What are the benefits of Reiki?

While Reiki keeps you relaxed and decreases stress, it can also create positive change in the following physical and psychological areas: 

- Sleep


- Learning, memory, and mental clarity


- Immune system


- Mood swings, fear, anger, grief


- Relationships


- Migraine, arthritis, sciatica


- Asthma, fatigue, menopause


- Recovery from illness, surgery, and chemotherapy

 

So, why have practices like yoga, meditation, and Reiki become so popular? Curiosity. We’re looking for healthier alternatives. We are discovering the miraculous abilities of our bodies and positive energies we possess and saying, ‘I respect my body, and it deserves something better.’

What if you could heal yourself? How powerful that would be. Go ahead, give Reiki a try.

Libby Blumberg
Written by
Libby Blumberg
Contributor | Yoga Instructor
About the author
Transitioning from 25 years of dance to yoga, Libby has been practicing Gentle Yoga in her community for three years. A Reiki Practitioner and doTERRA Wellness Advocate, she's also the author of two books about her IVF journey and motherhood.