Reiki healing, a Japanese technique used to reduce stress and encourage the relaxation of the mind, body and soul, is beginning to receive wide recognition for its ability to promote physical healing as well, in the form of pain relief.Developed by Dr. Mikao Usui in 1922 in Kyoto, Japan, the premise of reiki can be found in the origin of the word: rei, meaning God’s wisdom, or the higher power; and ki, life force energy. Together, they form the foundation of the practice, which is based on life force energy flowing through a reiki healer’s hands when placed on or near the recipient.
Natural Pain Relief
According to the International Association of Reiki Professionals, chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans, with “chronic” defined as pain that lasts longer than three to six months. Most of these individuals are prescribed pain medications to provide temporary relief; however, this rarely alleviates the source, and can often interact with other daily prescriptions.
This pain can range from mild to excruciating, and can be classified as continuous or sporadic. Depending upon the person, sensations can be described as burning, shooting, electrical or aching, and are often accompanied by stiffness, soreness, tightness or discomfort, which leads to fatigue, moodiness, or sleeplessness.
Studies have shown that excessive physical pain can shrink the brain by up to 11%, speeding the aging process by 10 to 22 years, and substantially increasing nerve sensitivity. To alleviate this, several alternative therapies have risen to prominence, including regular exercise and acupuncture—which recognizes nerve pathways and releases adenosine, a natural painkiller.
Reiki is an integrative, individualized approach To healing both physical and emotional ailments. Through its therapeutic treatment, patients can experience relaxation, Decreased muscle tension, and improved range of motion.
How Reiki Works
Reiki healing is performed on a patient while they are seated or lying down, and begins with the healer gradually scanning his or her body, head to toe. The life force energy flows to the area most in need of healing. The reiki practitioner will then apply light pressure to those zones requiring therapeutic treatment, one by one—often the head, torso, knees, feet and back—to encourage recovery.
While each practitioner is different and practices her own unique method, the premise of facilitating stress reduction and inner peace holds true across the board, as patients’ natural healing abilities are awakened. Reiki can be used as an independent or complementary treatment; it is widely regarded as a viable alternative to conventional medications, which only serve to mask symptoms, rather than cure them.
Additional benefits of reiki include relief from side effects and symptoms of common ailments, a reduction in overall mental anxiety levels, increased recovery from conditions such as concussions, headaches and chronic fatigue, and improved sleep patterns. No matter the issue and regardless of age, reiki is capable of treating the entire person.