Reiki is one of the vibrational healing techniques I use in my psychotherapy practice that is spiritual in nature. Reiki practice promotes balance and relaxation. It was discovered in Tibet about three thousand years ago, rediscovered in Japan in the late 1800s by Dr. Usui Ryoho, and then brought to the United States by Helen Takata. To state it simply, Reiki is a vibration that is channeled through the Reiki practitioner. This vibration is then passed to the client and acts as a jump start to their own vibrational system. It is tempting to talk about chakras when talking of Reiki. Chakras are spinning wheels of energy surrounding our bodies. Some of us believe that physical illness can start as an imbalance in the chakras before it is manifested in the physical body. Reiki practice started out as a "self-healing" modality and we must not lose sight of that as we give it to all living things including plants and animals.
In my practice I not only offer Reiki practice to my clients for psychological distress, but I teach all Reiki levels as well. Click here: www.galeclevelandtherapy.com/Workshops.en.html for more information on these classes.
I offer Reiki treatments to clients who request it in order to work on some of their emotional issues. To me it is like going through the back door to access one's higher self. It is very gentle and relaxing. The process takes about an hour and proceeds as follows: First the client is invited to lie on a Reiki table fully clothed. They are only asked to take their shoes off. I explain to them that Reiki involves noninvasive touch along their main chakras. If someone does not want to be touched, I just hold my hand a couple of inches above their body. Then, I test and balance their chakras. An invocation is read to draw in the energy. A guided imagery is then done with the client to help them be more receptive to the Reiki. Always stated in a positive way, the client is asked what their intention is. I then proceed to offer the Reiki treatment. At the end of the treatment, the client is grounded and a closing statement is said. After the session is complete, the client processes what the treatment was like for them.
Reiki practice can assist with various problems and is a great tool for relaxation. I offer it to cancer patients at a hospital in Virginia. The "mechanism of action" is as yet unknown but it is increasingly being offered in hospitals and hospices. There is much research occuring regarding Reiki as well. I once used it on a client who was having a full blown panic attack in my office. She was shaking so much it was like she was having a seizure. When she finally agreed to do Reiki she started calming down within 10 minutes of starting the treatment. By the end of the 50 minute treatment, she was completely calm and extremely centered.
We all have the ability to practice Reiki and it is truely a gift to us all.
For more information on Reiki please visit www.reiki.org/faq/whatisreiki.html