Reiki (“ray-key”) is an energy flow technique that invigorates, reduces stress, and develops the body’s ability to heal itself.  The name is a blend of the Japanese words rei meaning divine, universal higher consciousness and ki the Life-Force energy. Reiki as a method is a hands-on system for channeling this Life-Force.  The way of learning Reiki is through initiations, where a Reiki Master connects the student up as a channel. The Reiki practitioner channels the energy through their body and out their hands to the receiver.

A Japanese Buddhist monk named Mikao Usui, PhD (1865-1926), discovered the Life-Force energy in the early 1900s after much study and meditation; he found directing it promoted mind-body unity and enhanced his healing powers. According to Reiki lore, Usui received the gift of Reiki during a 21-day fast at the sacred Mount Kurama.

The practice made it to Hawaii in the 1930s and started to become popular in the West in the 1970s.

Enhancing your Life-Force energy flow can revitalize mood and appetitive, soothe tension, mend aches and pains, help lower blood pressure and improve other health issues. Studies published in the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine found that Reiki lessens psychological depression and stress; it also affects the autonomic nervous system’s regulation of heart and other functions. Reiki is a completely safe technique for stress reduction, relaxation, and healing, imparting a sense of peace.

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Three to six one hour sessions are recommended.
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Just for today, do not worry
Just for today, do not anger
honour yourself and others
Earn your living honestly
show gratitude to all living things

– Mikao Usui