What Is Reiki Body Work?
Reiki (pronounced RAY-key) is an effective alternative medicinal technique that promotes healing through relaxation, bringing balance back to body, mind and spirit.
Reiki is effective in treating many ailments such as arthritis, alzheimers and back pain, as well as cancer and lupus. It is currently used in many hospitals throughout the United States such as Sloan Kettering, Manhattan Eye and Ear, Marin General and Tucson Medical Center. Reiki has been used successfully in the operating rooms of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, notably with the famous heart surgeon, Dr. Melmet Oz.
The English word reiki, meaning “an alternative healing method”, derives from the Japanese loanword reiki 霊気 “mysterious atmosphere or feeling”, which derives from the Chinese loanword lingqi 靈氣 “spiritual atmosphere; cleverness”. It is comprehensively defined by the Oxford English Dictionary,
Reiki, n. Alternative Med. [Japanese reiki, specialised use of a term usually meaning ‘mysterious atmosphere, miraculous sign; “rei” soul, spirit + “ki” vital energy.]
It is the universal life force, or vital spiritual energy, said to reside in all living things. Hence: a therapy, based on an ancient Tibetan Buddhist technique, developed in Japan in the late 19th or early 20th cent. by Dr Mikao Usui (1865–1926), in which the therapist channels this energy from him or herself into the patient by the gentle laying on of hands, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.
It is Reiki’s mission to bring balance back to the body and mind of the person it is performed on. By relieving stress, the immune system is allowed to work more effectively. It is safe to say that it is now a widely accepted fact that stress is a major factor in the reduction of the immune system’s effectiveness. Disease is often the result of a compromised immune system.
Reiki’s goal is to restore and maintain balance. It is an intuitive energy and seems to know exactly where in the body it’s help is needed and in what concentrations. It is non-evasive in its nature, and conducive to combining with any other type of treatment.