What is Reiki?

Posted on August 18, 2017 in

Stress Reduction

, by Northport Wellness Center


What is Reiki?

Reiki is a non-invasive, holistic healing technique that is used as an alternative therapeutic treatment for physical, emotional and spiritual pain, ailments and diseases. The method was founded in 1922 by Mikao Usui—referred to as Usui-Sensei by his students—while he sought enlightenment through fasting and prayer on Mt. Kurama in Japan. Mikao established Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, a Reiki organization aiming to educate people about the practice and teach them how to become practitioners.

Fast-forward nearly a century later, and Reiki Healing is still being used as a therapy, as it facilitates stress reduction and inner peace. Reiki also helps awaken patients' natural healing abilities, utilizing a holistic approach to recovery instead of relying on conventional medications, which mask ailments' symptoms without addressing its true sources.

Why should someone consider Reiki?

There are several reasons to receive Reiki as it includes the following benefits:

  • A reduction in stress levels
  • A decrease in discomfort from an injury or chronic health condition
  • Improvements in mental and spiritual health
  • Decreased anxiety

Find out more about the benefits of Reiki and how it could help you.

How is a Reiki administered?

During a Reiki session, the patient is either lying or sitting down. A trained Reiki practitioner places his or her hand a few inches above the patient’s body and scans it, starting at the head and ending at the foot, to see what areas are in need of healing.

Once this part of the session is complete, the practitioner will then place his or her hands on the patient in a specific order, starting at the head again, to encourage recovery. The belief is that the life force energy in the practitioner’s hands will go to the part of the patient’s body that needs the most healing. For example, if a patient expresses a pain in his or her knee, the energy from the practitioner’s hands when placed on the patient’s body will flow to the knee and aid in alleviating the discomfort.

Where can you find a Reiki practitioner?

Some Reiki practitioners run their own businesses, operating out of their homes or offices. Others work for health and wellness centers. The latter may be more advantageous, since wellness centers typically offer a wide range of therapies to their patients.

Reiki can be used as both a sole healing practice and as a complementary treatment, so going to a wellness center enables you to receive multiple sessions for any condition, illness, or injury you may experience, in one, centralized location, with trained doctors who are all working together to ensure your recovery.

At Northport Wellness Center, we offer Reiki, as well as other holistic treatments, to our patients. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about the extraordinary healing powers of Reiki.


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