Reiki energy therapy was founded by Mikao Usui in Japan in the 1920’s. Reiki is being used in hospitals and operating rooms across North America and Europe. Nurses are being encouraged to learn complementary therapies such as Reiki. The American Cancer Society acknowledges Reiki energy therapy speeds healing, increases physical and spiritual well-being. It is a healing practice that helps us balance on every level – physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual. Sessions are generally given through light touch of the body. This typically brings rapid reduction of stress and peace of mind, which leads to relief from pain, anxiety and fear.
Rieki energy does not attack disease directly, rather it supports our well-being and strengthens our body’s natural ability to heal itself.
What to Expect at a Reiki Session:
You will position yourself comfortably, fully clothed, face up, on a massage table in a quiet environment. The practitioner will take a few moments to centre themselves and connect with Reiki Energy. Rieki is a hands on therapy, with hands being placed lightly on, or slightly above, different points on the body and Reiki energy flows where it is needed.
The Reiki energy flow is unique to each person and each time. Because of this, the experience is not easily defined. A Reiki energy session is determined by what the client needs and is open to. Some people report feeling heat, cold, tingling, a warm loving feeling, waves of energy and/or a relaxed or floating sensation. It is also very normal to feel nothing at all during a session. This is in no way an indication of the effectiveness of a session.
A Reiki energy session can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, reducing nausea and increasing appetite. Physical and emotional pain subsides, clients feel more relaxed, less restless, and with increased energy. Often symptoms temporarily increase before subsiding. This is a good sign that something is happening on a healing level.
For further information visit the Canadian Reiki Association at www.reiki.ca.