Reiki is an ancient form of energy healing originating in Japan. Reiki (meaning universal energy) flows through the practitioner’s hands, and the recipient unconsciously decides how much to draw and where in the body to send it.
How does Reiki work?
Reiki works much like meditation and our brain uses it to promote alpha and theta brain waves. The brain is seen to produce different frequencies of electrical activity across its neurons depending on what it is doing. Alpha waves are predominantly associated with states of relaxation, a calm wakefulness. These waves can be produced by closing your eyes, relaxing and becoming still. Theta waves are more predominant in skilled meditators and represent a quiet watchfulness – the mind watching its thoughts. Both types of waves denote relaxation and a stopping of active, busy or anxious thinking, or active concentration, which produces beta waves.
The promotion of alpha waves into the body system has a dramatic effect on our stress levels. In my opinion, using Reiki in this way is its most powerful benefit as it brings us growth, peace and vitality.
Reiki, like meditation, affects the mind by loosening its grip and helping us to release more and more energy and resources to the rest of the body. The active brain consumes more than 20% of the total energy required by the body (but only weighs about 2% of total bodyweight). Although there has not been extensive research on the amount of energy consumed by the brain in beta state versus alpha or theta, if you carry out your own simple experiment of relaxing quietly versus actively trying to problem solve, it is fairly clear which activity is more exhausting.
What happens in a session?
During a Reiki treatment you lie fully clothed on a padded massage table in a warm comfortable room. The Reiki therapist will place their hands lightly and intuitively at various places along your body, sometimes not even touching you.
This gentle touch is maintained as long as the therapist feel it’s needed at each place, as the healing energy is flowing. Usually during this process you’ll notice temperature changes in that place. Some people may also see colours or images.
A Reiki session takes typically around 60 minutes. This includes 40 min treatment and 20 min explaining beforehand plus exchanging experiences after the treatment.
The first time you receive Reiki it is recommended to have at least three treatments within 10 to 14 days. This allows the body to work quickly through the processes and builds up a higher and more sustainable energy level. After that you can arrange to have treatments weekly or monthly or whenever you feel the need for one. If you have a long term problem or choose to use Reiki for personal growth then you can learn Reiki so you can treat yourself.
How can Reiki help?
Reiki is not a treatment that just addresses symptoms; instead it gives overall relaxation and feeling of well-being.
Reiki will work in conjunction with any other treatment to relieve side effects and will promote recovery from illness, accidents and surgery. It engages self–healing capacities in many conditions like stress, chronic fatigue, allergies, as well as in psychological problems like phobias, depression, anxiety, coping disorders and addiction.
Reiki is very effective in supporting individuals during life-cycle-related issues, e.g. infant problems, hyperactive children, puberty, relational problems and menopause. Importantly, it is a strong support system for gaining acceptance of the unavoidable, for example, being confronted with strongly impacting diagnoses (e.g. cancer, chronic diseases) and the acceptance of impending death/bereavement.