The word Reiki means 'universal life energy'. Originated in Japan in the late 1800s by Dr. Mikao Usui, Reiki is a gentle guided energy healing practice that has a very deep calming and relaxing effect on the body. This effect aids the body with its natural processes of healing physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Reiki is based on the following principles:
Just for Today:
I will give thanks for all my many blessings
I will not worry
I will not be angry
I will honor my parents, teachers and elders
I will work hard and do my work honestly
I will be kind to my neighbor
I will have reverence for all living things
I will be thankful for all I receive
Reiki can be done in-person or at a distance (i.e., from a few feet away in the same room to many miles away via Zoom). When done in-person, Reiki involves the gentle placement of the practitioner's hands either on the client's fully clothed body or slightly above.
Reiki is a complementary practice that can be added to any existing medical and psychological treatment. Research studies noting the beneficial impact of Reiki on both adults and children is increasing. This is why Reiki is starting to gain acceptance as a risk-free, cost effective and meaningful way of supporting patient care in various medical settings. Here is a link to a list of hospitals offering Reiki as part of their services: http://www.olistiq.com/full-list-of-reiki-in-hospital/4585659483.
While Reiki has yet to be fully recognized by health care insurance companies, there is hope. In the US for instance, Veterans Health Administration has been including Reiki as one of the benefits offered to their members since 2017.
Reiki sessions are 60 minutes long, cost $120/session and are available weekdays, evenings and weekends. Sessions are available in‑person or via Zoom.