In a Reiki session, the recipient remains clothed and rests on a massage table, while the practitioner places her hands in various positions upon the receiver’s body. In Reiki, unlike massage, there is no manual manipulation, just a flow of energy from the practitioner’s hands to the recipient. Most people who receive a Reiki treatment find it to be extremely relaxing. It is common for the Reiki recipient to feel a lot of heat from the practitioner’s hands, which can feel beautifully soothing. The combination of deep relaxation and flowing energy can be a wonderful way to support healing on all levels.
Although Reiki practitioners can make no claims, and research such as that from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is in its infancy, I have, over the years, seen Reiki help in amazing ways. I have worked with many people undergoing treatment for cancer who have found Reiki to be deeply restful and healing. It offers a means of support to rest one’s body and worried mind, which is absolutely necessary in regaining or maintaining our good health.
Many hospitals around the country, including our own Sunrise Hospital (in The Breast Center) schedule Reiki sessions as a compliment (not alternative) to traditional Western therapies. I am inspired to see that more and more physicians and nurses are now embracing the healing arts, such as Reiki, to support their own well being and that of their patients.
If you are interested in learning more about Reiki, some of the books I recommend are: The Power of Reiki, an Ancient Hands on Healing Technique, by Tanmaya Honervogt, Reiki Fire by FrankArjava Petter, and Empowerment Through Reiki, by Paula Horan.
For information on Reiki sessions or Reiki training classes, please call me at 279-9523.
Pati Kearns teaches Yoga and meditation at Dance Etc. Call 279-9523 for more information.
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