Updated: Apr 11
Have you ever felt comforted by another person’s soothing energy? It might feel warm, nurturing, and a sense of familiarity. Perhaps, you have felt that same energy inside yourself, in moments of peace or during meditation. Reiki is a little similar like that, in which the practice is based on the idea that we all have an unseen “life force energy” flowing through our bodies. Reiki is a form of energy healing that dates back to the late 1800's, yet its benefits can still be easily applied in this modern age and day. Let's look at why we should choose to practice Reiki!
Reiki is an ancient, gentle, yet powerful healing technique that originated from Japan. It has become increasingly popular as it looks at one's mind-body connection. By focusing on the mind-body connection it enhances the body’s natural healing ability and promotes well being. The premise of the ancient practice of Reiki is that, if your life force energy is low or blocked, you are more susceptible to illness, pain and stress. On the contrary, if your life force energy is high and balanced, you are healthy and at peace. To increase the flow of your life energy and promote that state of balance, a Reiki practitioner serves as a vessel, channeling that universal energy through the palms into the recipient.
Fast facts on Reiki:
Reiki is a form of energy healing therapy
Reiki is done by non-invasive touch or close proximity range
Reiki is said to have helped with various conditions and emotional states
Reiki is linked to a range of physical and emotional health benefits, including better sleep, improved mood and pain relief. Research suggests that Reiki helps your body return to a state of relaxation, which allows it to heal from damage brought on by stress, injury or disease. Reiki, when used as a complementary therapy with other medical approaches, is said to help people recover from post surgery and manage medical symptoms.
Common benefits of Reiki:
Promotes harmony and balance
Using Reiki to remove energy blockages, promoting consistent flow of energy throughout the body, restoring balance across all systems of the mind, body and spirit, creating harmony from within.
Extremely helpful for stress and anxiety related symptoms
Reiki clears the mind and focuses on being in the present moment. This allows the mind to focus on current events, not hold onto past mistakes and not fret on anxieties about the future. This will help with accepting how life is unfolding and will help reduce stress and anxiety pertaining situations, people, and circumstances.
Helps with relaxation and better sleep
Reiki sessions often brings about the feeling of extreme relaxation and this kind of relaxation helps our bodies to sleep better, thus healing better too. It is not uncommon for people to fall asleep during a Reiki Session.
Clears the mind, improves focus & concentration
Reiki promotes the consistent and unlocked flow of energy throughout the body, promoting mental clarity, thus enhances learning and memory.
Enhances self-awareness and self esteem
Reiki often brings us to a state of being more peaceful, relaxed, and lighter which in turn, allows for us to be in touch with our inner selves and therefore creating more self-awareness and boosting self esteem.
Aids spiritual growth and emotional cleansing
Reiki addresses the whole person - body, mind and spirit, not just the physical being. Reiki allows for healing to start from within and that is reflected on their decisions and perspective on the outside.
Feeling energized and grounded
Reiki unblocks energy passageways, allowing for positive energies to flow throughout the body, energizing us while keeping us grounded and less flighty.
Cleanses body of toxins & supports the immune system
Reiki triggers our body's innate ability to go into “repair” or “self-healing” modes, prompting our body to self cleanse and detox itself both physically and energetically. This also triggers our body to boost its own immunity, protecting itself from exhaustion, burnout, or immune system failure.
Accelerates body’s self-healing ability
Reiki creates balance within the inner body, allowing the body to be at an optimal state, taking what it needs. This means that your breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, circulation and other bodily systems will improve when you body is capable of taking energy where it needs and trigger our physical healing, which can in turn reduce/minimize physical pain.
Healing for past traumas and events
Our body (think chakras, aura) can hold on to energy when we experience trauma. If it’s not processed and released, it can lead to mental, emotional, and sometimes physical blockages and discomfort. During Reiki, the stagnant energy is replaced with pure energy, allowing gradual energetic release of our traumas.
A typical Reiki session involves an hour of meditative relaxation. All you need to do is close your eyes and surrender to the experience. Some fall asleep during sessions and that’s totally okay. Your practitioner may play soothing music as he/she works with your energy. Some practitioners place their hands on the body, while others hover them just above.
Some Reiki practitioners may focus on your chakras, to make sure the energy there is flowing. They may use a crystal pendulum, holding it over each chakra to check for movement too. Every Reiki experience may be slightly different with different practitioners or evolves while you work with your favorite practitioner.
During the session, you may feel warmth from the energy flow or tingling sensations. At times, you might even feel a twitch, sneeze, cough, yawn or an impulse to cry or an ache as something releases. Sometimes you feel nothing at all. Any and all reactions are normal and accepted. Regardless, there is no need to try to control or stop the release, even if it feels strange and awkward. These sensations and emotional reactions are a natural part of the release and recovery process.
Reiki can be done over distance too. These sessions can be done remotely, with the practitioner sending healing to you through time and space. Some communications may take place through your agreed mode before or after the session for the practitioner to work out details with you. How you receive the energy depends on you. Often, the practitioner will ask questions at the end of the session and you can then verify any sensations you were feeling. For example, your practitioner may share when he/she sensed a block around your root chakra and you can confirm whether or not you felt anything in that area. It might not resonate at that time, but just keep an open mind.
Our body knows better than our conscious mind, what it needs for healing. The healing journey itself is the process of learning how to trust your body, accessing its healing wisdom. The interconnections of the mind, the emotions, the physical body and the spirit as well as the relationship between behavior and health can no longer be denied and now is the perfect time to explore these relationships to harness our full living potential through Reiki.
Yes, there is no denying that there isn’t much scientific research to back Reiki’s benefits but the practice is low (or really, zero) risk, so no harm trying it right? You might just open yourself to a whole new world of amazing healing you never knew possible.
At Tehara Dream, we practice the traditional Usui Reiki method to aid in unblocking, clearing and balancing the chakras for your highest and better self and good.
All you need is an open mind (:
Not sure if Reiki healing is suitable for you? Contact us directly to find out more.