Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Healing Benefits of Reiki

By Elizabeth Farrell 
This article is courtesy of

Reiki (pronounced ray-kee) is a form of holistic energy medicine that dates back to the teachings of Mikao Usui, who was a lay monk in Japan during the 1920's. In Reiki, a trained practitioner transmits energy through their hands in order to raise the level of ki in and around the person that they are assisting in order to bring about beneficial and healthful results. Ki is a Japanese word referring to life force or spiritual energy that is believed to flow through all living beings, both human and animal. This same life force energy is referred to in some other eastern languages as Qi, Chi or Prana.
It is believed that when this life force energy that flows around and within the body is somehow blocked or weakened, health and emotional or even spiritual problems may occur. These imbalances can be caused by many things such as chronic stress, physical or emotional trauma, poor nutrition or injury. By opening up the pathways of energy through the Reiki process and allowing it to flow more freely, the body and mind can better handle stress and spiritual well being can be enhanced.
Reiki is sometimes viewed as a type of alternative medicine, meaning that it doesn't fall under the category of conventional medical treatment. However, more and more people are attesting to the fact that Reiki can enhance one's health and complement the treatment that a person receives from traditional health care providers. The relaxed, comfortable state that is often induced in a Reiki session can create many beneficial physical results, which may include:

  • Relief of pain associated with such chronic health problems as arthritis, fibromyalgia and migraines
  • Blood pressure reduction
  • A reduction in the side effects of medications, such as chemotherapy or medications taken for chronic health problems
  • A healthier immune system
  • Increased vitality

Reiki can also have beneficial mental, emotional and spiritual results which may include:
  • A clearer mind and improved concentration
  • Stronger self-confidence
  • Enhanced creativity
  • Anxiety and depression relief
  • Assistance in the breaking of addictions
  • Assistance in healing from past traumas
  • Inner peace
  • Feeling more in tune with the universe

What to Expect
The process of Reiki is very simple, painless and non-invasive. A client either sits or lies down in a comfortable position, fully clothed and the Reiki practitioner will place their hands either lightly upon or slightly above the clients body. There are about twelve to fifteen different hand positions that the practitioner may use, moving from the clients head to their feet, and each hand position is held for about two to five minutes. Some Reiki practitioners will choose to do a type of scan with their hands, picking up any energy blockages in the client and then focusing on these places.
Is Reiki a spiritual practice?
While Reiki is an energy work that is considered spiritual in nature, it is not a spiritual practice, nor is it dependent upon any particular spiritual belief.

Training Involved in Reiki
A Reiki practitioner must learn it from an experienced Reiki instructor and this training typically involves three different levels or degrees; after the third level of training a person is known as a Reiki Master. There are some Reiki practitioners who feel that they have the assistance of spiritual guides but not all practitioners feel this way.

A Final Note
Reiki should not be used as a replacement for conventional medical care and treatment. As mentioned earlier it sometimes falls under the category of alternative medicine, it is most often used as a way to complement standard, conventional medical treatment. In fact, many hospitals, hospices, counseling centers and doctors offices are including Reiki as part of the complementary therapies that they provide.

LMT Allison Ostrowski practices Reiki at the Mount Auburn Club Spa. Allison is here Wednesdays (12-8),  Thursdays (12-8), Fridays (11-7) & Sundays (10-5). Please call 617-924-9495 to book all appointments. 

Not sure if Reiki is right for you? Allison offers complimentary 15min. consultations.                                                                                                                             

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