Reiki is often loosely translated from Japanese to mean “life force energy” and is the same element referred to in such practices as Qigong, Tai Chi and Acupressure. In order to experience optimal health, these modalities assert that a person’s “ki” should be strong and free-flowing. When a person’s energy becomes weak or blocked, it is believed that symptoms of physical and emotional imbalance can occur. Reiki practitioners are trained to recognize and guide this energy throughout the client’s body systems in order to bring about balance, vitality, improved health and well-being.
Systems of Reiki Many Reiki techniques can be traced to its founder, Usui Mikao, who developed the original system of Reiki and whose teachings were heavily influenced by the Shinto and Tendai practices of Japan. Because of that, Reiki therapy is often considered a spiritual experience however, the treatments are not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice.
Many of the systems of Reiki practiced in the United States are largely influenced by Hawayo Takata, who is credited for bringing Reiki practices to Hawaii. However, the Usui Reiki Ryoho system taught and practiced by Lotus Petals Therapy is derived from the original Japanese practice to include its precepts, meditations, mantras, hands-on healing and initiations (reiju). Usui Reiki practitioners study and practice elements for years before they are able to master these concepts and teach them to others.
Research on Reiki Reiki is often classified as a biofield energy because it works with the body’s subtle energy and related meridians. Western scientific methods are often not designed to measure or detect the body’s biofield or meridians, so Reiki is sometimes dismissed on the basis of physical evidence, alone. However, the Cleveland Clinic not only employs Reiki Masters but has performed studies that demonstrate its ability to help ease tension, alleviate stress and reduce related symptoms. Controlled clinical trials have also shown Reiki to be effective at relieving pain, reducing anxiety and supporting the body’s natural healing process, after medical treatments like surgery.
Reiki is considered safe to use as part of an integrative medical approach to wellness and might be covered by health insurance if it’s part of another treatment that qualifies for coverage. Reiki treatments are not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your health care provider(s), however. If you have an ongoing medical condition, we encourage you to discuss any decisions about our treatment or care with your healthcare provider.
Our Credentials in Reiki Most Reiki Professionals are members of associations that provide continuing education and monitor ethical practices. All Lotus Petals Therapy affiliated practitioners are held to the Code of Ethics defined by the International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP) for which we are active, registered members. We are also members of the International Reiki Organization and maintain the required levels of professional insurance as provided by the Energy Medicine Professionals Association.
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Again, the Disclaimer: The information provided here is to be used for educational purposes only and should not be construed as or a substitute for the medical advice of your healthcare provider.