Our energy is one of the most sacred things we possess, so it’s important to preserve and take care of it, just like we would with any other part of our well-being. There are countless practices for energy healing, but one that you might not be familiar with is reiki.
What is Reiki?
Reike is a healing practice, originating from the ancient Japanese words “rei,” meaning universal and “ki,” meaning life energy. The belief is that energy blockages can form throughout the body as a result of physical or emotional injury. When our energy becomes stagnant, it can lead to a disconnect between the body and mind. This is where reiki comes in.
Reiki, often practiced with the help of a reiki practitioner/ specialist, involves energy transfers to specific points on the body. Typically, the practitioner will place their hands lightly over specific areas like the head, limbs or torso to restore energy flow for several minutes at a time. Some practitioners also use crystal and chakra healing to aid their process and enable healing from negative energy. Sessions typically range from 45 to 90 minutes.
The Benefits of Reiki
The energy targeted by reiki, “ki” (pronounced “chi”) is the same energy targeted in the energy exercise tai chi — slow, intentional physical stretches and movements that promote serenity and connection between the body and mind.
Ki energy is located throughout the body and can be felt if you know how to tune into it. Not only does practicing reiki help with natural healing in the body, but it also aids in spiritual well-being.
Though there isn’t much scientific evidence to back the physical benefits, there are still many reasons to try reiki. Some people who’ve tried it with the intention of targeting emotional stress and overall well-being have felt the benefits of the practice. Some conditions that are supposedly aided by reiki healing include anxiety, depression, fatigue, chronic pain, heart disease and even cancer. Additionally, reiki energy healing is largely thought to aid relaxation and faster healing due to the restoration of energy flow throughout the body.
It’s important to note, however, that reiki should not be used in place of professional medical treatment. It is meant to be used as an energy healing tool, not as a cure for any diagnosed medical condition. Reiki can be a helpful, complementary practice to medical treatment and the stress that may come along with it.
Though reiki healing can come with the cost of finding a licensed practitioner, it can be an extremely beneficial practice to try. Regardless, finding a practice that works for you is the most important thing in your healing journey.
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