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What is Reiki?

Dernière mise à jour : 23 janv. 2019

Reiki is primarily a stress and anxiety relieving and healing technique that was brought in the West from Japan. I would describe the feeling as an assisted, hands-on meditation.

Reiki healing

Reiki is love.

I am now a Master Reiki, but, when I first decided to complete a Reiki training, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Quite frankly, I wasn’t even sure what Reiki was. I knew that it was a stress relieving technique. That’s it. But I felt very much drawn to it. Like if I absolutely had to learn everything there is to know about it. Just a gut feeling, I guess.

Reiki is love.

Reiki is an ancient Japanese hands-on healing technique that has the power to relieve tensions related to stress, among other things. Reiki is a technique in which the practitioner directs the Reiki energy to the patient’s body by placing his/her hands above or on different body parts, inducing a calming effect. Therefore, Reiki could be viewed as the positive, loving energy surrounding us at all times. The Reiki healer uses different more or less personal (secret) approaches to center-in and and focus all his/her attention to the patient and be able to receive Reiki and redirect it in the most empathic, loving way.

Reiki is love.

The science behind Reiki is based on the fact that everything that is, including our little human bodies, is made of particles, atoms, vibrating all together, creating a powerful, surrounding energy field. By tuning in to the Reiki energy, the practitioner can then, influence another being’s energy field in order to soothe it. The practitioner might also be able to feel where the patient needs it the most.

Reiki is love.

I know, it is hard to grasp by just reading words, so, I’ll try to explain how a Reiki session goes. First, the receiver lies on a mat or massage table, usually on their back, closes their eyes and relaxes. The atmosphere is usually very zen and calming and soothing. The practitioner then proceed to place their hands above and on the receiver’s body, on specific points. Many feelings and sensations may arise from the Reiki being directed to different spaces of the body, depending where physical aches or blockages or even emotional pains are hiding. Sensations of cold or hot, souvenirs or images surfacing, feeling of lightness or heaviness and tingling sensations are just a few of the very personal and unique responses that one might notice when receiving Reiki. In a nutshell, a Reiki session could feel like a long, passive, assisted meditation.

Reiki is love.

The benefits of receiving a Reiki treatment are multiple, the most impressive one being stress and anxiety reduction. In my personal experience sharing Reiki, I can also say that it helps alleviating stomach and other digestive pains, headaches and throat discomfort. I know that, in some hospital, Reiki is administered to patients just before receiving invasive treatments such as chemotherapy, or before an operation, for example, preparing the body to receive and accept the procedure, therefore promoting faster and healthier recovery. It can be a very powerful complement therapy for an array of human aches including addiction, depression, arthritis and so on.

But most of all, Reiki is love. It is the infinite source of nurturing, potent, luminous energy that is always there, available at all times and places and that the practitioner learns to tune in to, and shine to another person. This is why Reiki always works, whether it is clear or not during a session.

Are you curious about Reiki? Have you heard of it before? Let me know what your thoughts are, and feel free to contact me in private anytime, if you want to know more!


Andy L.


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