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by Barbara Bennett

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Frequently Asked Questions About Reiki

  • What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese technique used for stress reduction that also promotes healing. Pronounced Ray key, it is a combination of two words Rei and ki meaning universal life energy. Reiki is a precise vibrational frequency that brings harmony, balance and well being to the mind, body and spirit. It is the life energy that flows through all living things.

  • What is the origin of Reiki?

Although Reiki is considered an ancient healing art, it was re-introduced into the world by Dr. Mikao Usui during the early 1900’s in Japan. Dr. Usui originated the system of healing he taught and practiced based on his mystical experience on Mt. Kurama. The system was then passed from Mikao Usui to naval surgeon, Dr. Chujiro Hayashi. He formed a structure to teach the principals of Reiki in different levels according to student’s readiness. During the 1940’s the original Reiki teachings were then passed on to a Japanese-American woman, Hawayo Takata, who brought it to the western world. These three people were pioneers and carriers of the sacred teachings and are known as the Lineage of Reiki.

  • What does Reiki session feel like?

The physical sensations that may accompany a Reiki session vary from person to person. Some of the most common descriptions include feeling heat or warmth from the practitioner's hands. Or they may feel a pulsing and/or tingling sensation. Most people however, become very relaxed, and can feel the tension and stresses of the day melt away.

  • How long does a session take?

The typical whole-body session lasts about one-hour. However, short half-hour sessions are beneficial, too. Chair Reiki that you can you experience at Health Fairs can be done in as little as 10 minutes.

  • What happens in a session?

The client lies on a massage table or is seated on a straight-backed chair and remains fully clothed throughout the treatment. The Reiki Practitioner may place their hands directly on or slightly above the client proceeding through a series of hand positions that have been developed to maximize the flow of energy through the body. The client simply relaxes to soft background music often with eyes closed.

  • Is Reiki a Religion?

No, Reiki is not a religion, nor is it based on the acceptance of any religious doctrine. Any one can learn Reiki as it only requires an openness and readiness to heal, not a particular faith.

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