What is Reiki?
Reiki (Ray-Key) is a form of energy healing that is used to restore and support our physical and emotional health. Originating in Japan, this treatment has been in use since the late 1800s and was first practiced by Dr. Mikao Usui. The literal translation for Reiki is Universal Life Energy; in other cultures this concept may be expressed as Chi, Ki, Mana, Ashe, Prana, etc. Reiki itself is often likened to flowing water that clears away old blockages and brings in a generous supply of nourishing energy. This ‘universal life energy’ provides an energetic boost to our body’s innate wisdom to heal itself!
A typical session involves a series of sustained and gentle hand placements used by the practitioner to channel healing energy into the client’s body. Common hand placements are used at the head, over the throat, heart, stomach, back and feet. During a Reiki session, different sensations may be experienced such as heat, cold, buzzing or tingling at certain points in the body. These are all signs of healing energy at work! Please keep in mind that whether or not the client experiences such sensations, they are still receiving the healing benefits of Reiki. All sessions are performed fully clothed and usually with a blanket to keep the client at a comfortable temperature. Reiki can be used to focus on a certain healing intent, attain a deeply meditative state of mind or just for some good old fashioned relaxation!
For several decades now, Reiki has grown in popularity throughout the global holistic health care community. The subtle yet remarkable effects of Reiki have also found support in many scientific and medical communities.
As a Reiki practitioner since the spring of 2011, I have had my own meaningful experiences with this healing art. I was both taught and attuned to Reiki by Hallie E Sawyers, a Reiki Master of the Usui Ryoho tradition. Whether I am using it as a daily practice to support my own well being, easing muscle tension for a good friend or bringing my skills to a local Reiki share, I am always fascinated by and thankful for this gift!
Erika Prater, CMT
Calvert Rejuvenations Spa