Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Dr. Mikao Usui founded this method of healing in the early 1900s and brought it into prominence during the aftereffects of the Kanto earthquake when he helped numerous victims. It is a very simple yet powerful healing art that can be used on you as well as others and can be easily learned by everyone.
The word Reiki is derived from two Japanese words: "rei", meaning Universal Spirit, and "ki", meaning "life force energy." The word Reiki, therefore, refers to a balanced cosmic and life force energy.
Reiki's purpose is to assist the body in its ongoing program for perfect health by seeking to balance areas of imbalance. It is well-known that stress is a prominent factor in the reduction of the immune system's effectiveness. Disease is often the result of stress compromising the immune system.
Reiki's goal is to restore and maintain balance. Because of its unique qualities, Reiki seems to have a basic consciousness which, when used for healing, is able to provide exactly what is needed on all levels. Reiki treatments work by dissolving or eliminating toxic energy and substances from many levels of one's being whether it is physical, emotional, or mental. Its non-invasive nature is conducive to working with any other type of treatment.
Reiki is effective in treating many ailments such as back pain and arthritis as well as serious illnesses like 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, notably with the famous heart surgeon, Melmet Oz.
A typical Reiki treatment lasts 30 minutes to an hour. The client lies clothed on a massage table in a room conducive to the treatment. The playing of soothing music helps to heighten relaxation.
Reiki is a safe, highly effective healing modality whose popularity is rapidly growing throughout the country.
The National Center for Complementary and
Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
NCCAM is the center in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that studies the safety and effectiveness of complementary and alternative therapies such as Reiki. Reiki has been use at NIH’s Palliative Care Unit since 2000.
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JOHN CARPI was lying under a sage-colored blanket...The room smelled of lavender; soft, tinkling music played in the background. Integrative medicine - like aromatherapy, acupuncture, reiki and guided imagery - are offered in conjunction with traditional medicine.
When in Pain, PGA Tour Players Turn to Healer
The most sought after guru at the 89th P.G.A. Championship.
Weathers, 46, practices Reiki - a Japanese technique that channels energy to heal and reduce stress - and uses other Eastern techniques in treating clients. After 2 decades working in various sports, including Indy car racing, rodeo and the professional water ski tour, he met the PGA Tour player Ted Purdy 5 years ago at a motivational seminar in San Antonio and has been a fixture on the Tour since. In 2003, Jerry Kelly, a 2-time PGA Tour winner, sought out Weathers at a tournament because he was experiencing pain in a shoulder joint.
Dr. Andrew Weil's Self Healing
Reaping Reiki’s Benefits
Nearly 10 years ago, Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire began offering Reiki, a gentle hands-on healing practice, as a way to ease anxiety in patients awaiting surgery. Feedback from patients was so positive that Reiki (pronounced RAY-key) was made available throughout the hospital. Ongoing program evaluations have shown patients who received Reiki treatment needed less pain medication and left the hospital sooner. Today, the hospital has a full-time Reiki practitioner and a volunteer corps that provide 2,000 Reiki treatments a year.
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