We are living in quite a time in human civilization. Every year there are new breakthroughs in either science, medicine, economics or technology. With the recent influx of new age philosophical practices like veganism, meditation, and yoga, the idea of natural healing has made its way to the forefront as well. More holistic approaches are being researched regarding with it means to be actually be “healthy.”
For example, mindbodygreen.com writes: “Living healthy involves a mix of physical, mental, and emotional components that make us who we are. We literally create our bodies from the inside out with what we put in, what we think, and what we do. Regardless of what we think picture-perfect health looks like, there is one thing we all have in common when it comes to health: Everyone wants to feel better” and I couldn’t agree more.
Health has been a fairly popular subject lately regarding the effects of the obesity epidemic but I’d like to call your attention how most of us view health.
Health? One portion of the spectrum
Throughout history, health has been regarded mostly in terms of physicality. When something was wrong (physically), usually a physical solution was the obvious go-to. However, breakthroughs in science today have found many correlations between mental and physical health. For example, mental illnesses like anxiety and depression often cause large drops in physical health.
Another portion of the spectrum that’s begun to take some interest to the masses is the study of how spiritual health can play a part in affecting the other two aspects. I’d like to call your attention to a practice called reiki therapy.
What is Reiki Therapy? (Origin)
The Japanese practice of reiki refers to a method of using stress reduction and relaxation to promote healing or a physical and mental state of wellness: Healthline.com writes, “Research has shown that this occurs because the activity of parasympathetic autonomic nervous system in the patient increases significantly. “
Much like similar spiritual/mental holistic practices such as meditation or yoga, reiki therapy is geared towards the inflow of prana, or the “life force energy” that flows through every living thing. By guiding this life force energy, the practitioner is believed to be able to heal the body and mind from the inside out.
By using their hands to deliver healing energy to the body, the reiki practitioner redirects, unclogs, and revitalizes the life force energy of the patient. The term Reiki is derived from two Japanese words: Rei, which means “The higher power“, and Ki, which means “life-force energy. ” Together, the terms means “spiritually guided life force energy.
Even though practitioner Mikao Usui is credited with creating the practice of Reiki, in the book Evidence Based History of Reiki, its been proven that there were at least four different styles before Usui adapted his own principles.
- 1914- Japanese therapist Matiji Kawakami fathered a healing method he named Reiki Ryoho
- 1919- Reikan Tonestsu Ryoho, another form of reiki, was created by Reikaku Ishinuki
- 1919 – Kogetsu Matsubara fathered the Senshinryo Reiki Ryoho style
- 1920- Reisen Oyama created the Seido Reishojutsu before 1922 would come and Usui would later adapt and improve his own style.
While meditating a few years after adopting his own style, Mikao Usui created the 5 principles Reiki. The of purpose of the five principles was to facilitate a purpose for the practice. The purpose was to promote spiritual balance and relay one very important message: “Their purpose is to help people realize that healing the spirit by consciously deciding to improve oneself is a necessary part of the Reiki healing experience. In order for the Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for her or his healing and take an active part in it. Therefore, the Usui system of Reiki is more than the use of the Reiki energy. It must also include an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete system.” (Reiki.org) The Five principles are as follows:
- Just for Today, I will not worry – Take one day to not worry about the future. Live in the now and trust that things will eventually work themselves out.
- Just for Today, I will not be angry– We cannot always control what happens to us, but we can control how we react. Take one day and try not reacting to the things that usually trigger your anger
- Just for Today, I will be grateful– Take one day and actually stop to smell the roses. Divulge in the essence of what it means to be alive!
- Just for Today, I will do my work honestly– Dwell in what it is that gives you purpose. For one day, work without fear of judgment or potential earnings. Honestly focus your talent to what you really want out of life.
- Just for Today, I will be kind to every living thing– Just for one day, understand that all of the universe’s creatures have a purpose no greater or lesser than your own. We are the insects if you count the size of the cosmos, let perspective lead you to equal understanding.
Even though patients have attested to having divine revelations while receiving a treatment, reiki is not considered to be a part of any religious practice or faction. It’s spiritual essence was meant to be portrayed in a universal light. The practice is believed to not be dependent on belief and is presumed to be effective whether you believe in it or not.
It’s no doubt that reiki therapy promotes spiritual and emotional growth, most spiritual practices do! But, Although reiki is mostly a spiritual practice, just like with meditation or yoga, it does have a plethora of benefits that are backed by scientific research.
- Treats cancerous symptoms – A study by Integrative Cancer Therapy found that cancer patients that were subjected to reiki treatments for 5 days, could get off of their medication for the entire following week. Also, it found that these sessions substantially lowered fatigue, pain and anxiety.
- Relieves Stress– Through the use of facilitated guidance, reiki sessions have been proven to encourage your body to produce stress relieving hormones like endorphins, cortisol, and adrenaline.
- Lowers physical pain from prior injuries or aliments– A study by Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine proclaimed that patients that tried physical therapy and reiki therapy both reported having identical relief. Suggesting that Reiki and physical therapy have about the same on range of motion.
- Helps fight infections and inflammation– See what healthline.com had to say about a study published by the journal of alternative and complementary medicine on a patient suffering from Hepatitis C: “Reiki therapy was administered to him to relieve anxiety and to enhance his sense of well-being. Incidentally, the doctors noted that his neutrophil count and hematocrit improved significantly, which in turn improved bone marrow function. So much so, that the patient was infection-free even after one year of treatment.”
Becoming a Reiki Master or Student Today
Even though there is no higher authority, reiki training can consist of training from two days to a several years depending on the level required. Two day classes can cost up to 200$. Classes that last the whole year can equal up to 1600$: most reiki therapy teaching facilities offer beginner, intermediate, and master level courses.
In these programs, students study psychology kinesiology, anatomy, and subjects relating to energy. They are taught to see the auric field and chakra systems of any living thing. They are also taught how to use their own energy to affect the well-being of a potential patient.
Reiki therapy practitioners offer licenses depending on the degree of training done:
- Licensed Reiki Apprentice Healer
- Licensed Reiki Healer
- Licensed Reiki Healer Coach
- Licensed Reiki Master
- Licensed Reiki Master Coach
- Licensed Reiki Coach Instructor
- Licensed Reiki Master Instructor
How Much are Reiki Therapy Sessions
- Reiki Therapy clinics can be found in most urban cities and some rural towns. They are a lot more abundant than one might think.
- Treatments can range from 25-100$ depending on the area of the practitioner.
- It is wise to ask the level of practitioner: first degree, second degree, or reiki therapy master.
- Check hospitals, in 2007 it was confirmed that 71 hospitals offered Reiki therapy as a part of their trails of treatment.
In conclusion ,
What is reiki therapy? A method of using the hands to increase the life force energy throughout the body:promoting a state of well-being and relaxation.
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