We live in a world dominated by different therapies and treatment options for many health conditions, both physical and mental. Reiki is one of the therapies fast gaining global recognition in managing severe health conditions, like cancer. This therapy involves the channeling of energy in a body to activate the healing processes of that body. And it works too.
This article will examine Reiki, including its origin, mechanism of action, practitioners, and more.
What is Reiki?
Reiki, also known as Reiki healing, is a healing technique that involves using energy channeled by a therapist or Reiki practitioner into a patient by touch to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. Reiki aims at restoring and maintaining the physical and mental well-being of a patient.
While touch is the primary means of channeling energy by therapists, Reiki may also be administered effectively from a distance without the patient and the therapist making any physical contact at all.
Reiki has Japanese roots, originating in the early 1900s. Reiki literally means universal energy when translated into English. Japanese Mikao Usui developed this therapy. Although Reiki itself was developed in the early 1900s, the principle behind its action had been used for several years in Eastern medicine, which also used the flow of energy through living organisms to stimulate healing. Reiki only became popular in the UK in the late 1900s.
The principle behind Reiki healing
The basic principle behind Reiki is the use of universal energy to stimulate healing. Reiki hinges on the belief that universal energy flows through all of us, and by tweaking the flow of energy in the body, one can cause specific therapeutic effects.
There have been studies and research to try to validate this principle scientifically. More research still needs to be done before we can fully understand the scientific principles behind Reiki healing. Still, the little research we have now suggests that it is the emission of electromagnetic energy from therapists’ hands that stimulate the healing of tissues and bones in the body.
When administering Reiki, therapists emit electromagnetic energy from their hands. Naturally, all the cells in the body have their electromagnetic field. The functioning of the cell is dependent on its magnetic field. The cell’s electromagnetic field is vital for anything to enter the cell, including nutrients, ions, and minerals. If this electromagnetic field is compromised, the cell will not be able to function well. This is because the mitochondrion, an organelle in the cell that generates energy for cellular functions, will not effectively play its role. No generation of energy will lead to cell damage, and when this occurs in mass, tissues get damaged. Tissue damage will then lead to organ damage, which ultimately leads to poor health. It’s a vicious cycle that starts with compromised cellular function.
The electromagnetic energy in the body is at a particular frequency for the optimum functioning of cells and tissues. Studies suggest that the electromagnetic energy frequency Reiki practitioners emit is similar to those that activate and stimulate the body’s healing processes.
The exact way the electromagnetic energy stimulates healing in the body is by starting a chain of reactions, starting at the surface of cells and then moving inside the cell, from the cytoplasm to other organelles in the cell, including the nucleus, and ultimately, the genes. The concept behind which one single molecule of electromagnetic energy causes a response in the cells is known as amplification.
Licensed Reiki practitioners usually administer Reiki. The first time you visit, the practitioners will ask about your general health. You don’t have to undress for Reiki, although they typically ask you to take shoes and overly extra clothing, like coats and scarves, off. You may also lie or sit down; either is fine. The practitioner typically proceeds to dim the light in the room and may play calming music.
The practitioner then places their hands on you or close to you and move it over your whole body. They start at the head and end at the feet. However, they generally focus on specific high-potential areas in the body. Reiki therapists believe that by moving hands over the body, they can control the universal energy flowing through the body, ridding all energy imbalances.
During Reiki sessions, you may feel calming and soothing sensations in the body. Some people also experience certain tingles. It is worth noting that people react differently to Reiki. Feeling more of certain sensations or not feeling anything at all does not mean the therapy is not working. Sessions last about twenty to thirty minutes.
Use of Reiki
Reiki has been used as a complementary therapy in treating certain medical conditions, like cancer and some mental conditions. It does not replace traditional and conventional therapy; it only complements it. There are no known side effects.
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