The Reiki is a Japanese practice that uses the power of life force to relax and promote healing. It is a controversial method. Some people argue that it is a placebo and that it has no real health benefits. Others believe that it certainly works, and that it has helped alleviate some of the symptoms they are experiencing. The decision is up to you, below, we provide everything you need to know to make an informed decision about whether Reiki is right for you.

It is estimated that in 2018 alone there will be more than 1.7 million new cases of people who will be diagnosed with cancer. With this and other health complications on the rise like anxiety, diabetes, and arthritis, people are looking for alternative ways to alleviate their symptoms . For many, the solution is to turn to medication, but it can often be very difficult on the body, prompting patients to seek other more natural symptom healing methods, such as Reiki .

What is Reiki and what does it do?

Reiki is a combination of two Japanese words, Rei which means “a higher power” and Kei “a spiritual energy”. A Reiki expert will channel his life energy towards his patient to promote spiritual and mental well-being. The idea is that all humans are made up of a constant flow of energy and Reiki experts use this energy to heal others .

An expert will use his hands to channel the energy of the life force. This energy will flow through the affected parts of the patient’s body, charging them with positive energy and removing any negative energy. It is believed to have a positive impact on a person’s mental and physical well-being, yet Reiki is for everyone: it heals adults, babies, young children, children, the elderly, and pets .

Reiki benefits

1. Improves mood

Reiki helps reduce stress, depression, and anxiety. Studies have shown that it benefits those who have a negative mood or are dealing with any type of stress. Activates the body’s relaxation response by reducing stress and increasing energy. They can practice Reiki every day to reduce stress and strengthen well-being and repeat the practice as often as needed.

Treating yourself regularly with Reiki can provide a state of well-being in which a person can better cope with everyday stress. This mental balance it provides also helps improve memory, learning, and mental clarity. Therapy with this discipline can help heal emotional wounds, and function through dysfunction.

2. Helps relieve aches and pains in the body

One study showed that those who used Reiki to heal their joint pain had the same results as those who used physical therapy to improve their range of motion.

On the physical level, Reiki helps relieve pain from migraine, arthritis, sciatica, chronic health conditions, be it diabetes, asthma, cancer, epilepsy, fatigue syndrome, depression, or heart disease. It also helps with symptoms of chronic fatigue, menopausal symptoms, and insomnia to name just a few. Helps speed recovery from long-term surgery or illness. As it does not interfere with medical treatments, it also tends to reduce the side effects of aggressive treatments.

3. Promotes emotional clarity and spiritual growth

It can also help ease fear, mood swings, anger, and frustration. It can strengthen and heal personal relationships as Reiki improves your ability to love. Reiki is also a form of emotional healing. It can improve your ability to connect with other people by helping you build better relationships and be more empathetic. It also promotes inner peace and harmony that can aid in your spiritual growth.

There is also anecdotal evidence that it has the potential to benefit animals in many of the same ways that humans experience it. Those who offer Reiki to their pets are often pleasantly surprised by their pet’s interest and cooperation.

How to practice Reiki at home

If you are interested in practicing Reiki on your own, you need to learn from a serious and professional teacher, dedicated to selfless service. There are three different stages in Reiki training, but if you just want to practice it on yourself all you need to learn is first grade. It teaches students how to practice it on a daily basis and how they can start practicing with others.

The second and third degrees are only necessary if you want to become an expert. In the second phase, students learn how to replace physical contact with mental energy and improve practical treatment. The final degree is for the Reiki teacher, the student will often have to be guided by another teacher and will train under his supervision until his course is finished.

If you are looking to practice with yourself or with others, learning this discipline is not an intellectual exercise. Mastery of Reiki develops through practice , not taking the next level class.

Families can learn to practice it to improve well-being or to treat illness. Practicing it on themselves and each other engages the family in a culture of wellness, enhances bonds, and creates healthy lifestyle habits that can support a life of wellness.

When there are financial constraints, the advantages of a one-time investment in learning to practice Reiki self-care over paying for repeated sessions are obvious. When there is a disease in a family and it is no longer possible for the patient to self-medicate, one or more family members can learn it in a first degree (practical) and treat the patient (and other family members) as well as themselves.

Where can you find a Reiki expert?

When looking for a Reiki expert, a good place to start is by asking friends who have practiced it to see if they can connect you with a good teacher. You can also look for a health professional who practices it, since recently more health institutions have been introducing it into their care model.

Once you find a professional, it is important to ask them questions to assess whether they are qualified and compatible with you. Many Reiki practitioners create websites that clearly describe their training and practice guidelines. Some questions you can ask are:

Important questions to ask your teacher

  1. Do you practice every day? This is the most important question to ask! You will want the answer to be yes, as it will indicate that you are continually increasing your Reiki experience.
  2. How do you describe Reiki? The expert must be clear and confident in his answer. Be careful if they claim that Reiki will cure your illness or if they start to look down on conventional medical care.
  3. What is your clinical experience? This will give you an idea of ​​how long they have been practicing and their experience working with people of different levels of health and wellness.
  4. How are your sessions? Before you start, you should have an idea of ​​what to expect from it. If the expert includes practices in his session, specify that you only want to learn Reiki to ensure that Reiki is what benefits you.

Remember, Reiki is not a replacement for conventional medicine . It can be used in conjunction with it to offer a more natural solution to any symptoms you may be experiencing.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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