What Is Reiki?

Reiki is a gentle Japanese technique for relaxation and healing.

Practitioners gently lay their hands on a patient’s body, or hover over them a few inches above the body.

A warm and soothing energy flows through the practitioner’s palms to the client.

Reiki is a form of life force energy, which may also be referred to as qi, ki, chi, source and vital force.

Reiki can also be delivered at a distance, such as when a practitioner sends healing energy to someone in a natural disaster far away.

Reiki goes only where it’s needed.

What You May Have Heard About It

While reiki is sometimes associated with alternative lifestyles such as hippie/hipster cultures, it is gradually becoming more mainstream, as people seek new options.

Even though it is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion; it has no dogma.

In fact, reiki is not dependent on any beliefs and will work whether you believe in it or not.

Reiki practitioners may refer to chakras, the main energy centers in our body, while they work.

The idea of chakras is also becoming more mainstream.

What Happens During a Session?

Reiki is commonly performed on a massage table while a client is fully clothed for comfort and easy delivery of treatment.

It is not a massage.

Children can sit upright or in a chair, and move around as needed.

First, the practitioner scans the energy field of the client.

She then moves through a series of hand positions.

Each position lasts from a few up to 15 minutes, depending upon the need of the individual.

Reiki is neither invasive nor scary.

No client participation is required, only permission to receive the session.

How Can It Help Your Child?

  • It can remove blockages and imbalances in the natural flow of energy fields and meridians that cause illness.
  • It can provide healing energy needed for clients who are depleted.
  • It can uncover and quickly relieve symptoms that are difficult to treat with Western medicine, such as fears, anxieties, belief systems, and even old memories.
  • It can complement any traditional or alternative treatment plan, since it works on an energetic level.

What Are the Side Effects?

As a client’s body starts to utilize reiki for healing, the flow of energy can trigger the body to detoxify through the liver and kidneys.

As a result of this secondary benefit, a person can get a headache, a stomach ache or feel weak.

Drinking water, eating light meals and getting rest after a session can help mitigate these cleansing side effects.

Children often view going for reiki as fun because there are no demands or stress, only relaxation and healing.

They are thus quite open to reiki and often feel the energy immediately.

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