What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese practice with a name meaning “universal life energy.” This technique is based on the idea that the practitioner can encourage the flow and free circulation of the client’s own spiritual energy through touch or close proximity. It’s not a religion and is not associated with religious practice.
Reiki is a form of complementary therapy, which means that it is intended to work alongside — not replace — other medical and therapeutic techniques.
Is it like a massage?
No. A Reiki practitioner will gently move his or her hands just above or on the client’s clothed body, with the intention of reducing stress and promoting healing by encouraging a healthy flow of energy. There is no muscle massage or tissue manipulation involved at all. It is completely non-invasive.
There are several positions the Reiki practitioner will take, from the top of the head to the feet. If you have any concerns or individual needs, you can always discuss with the practitioner before beginning your session.
What are the benefits of Reiki?
Reiki is linked to a range of physical and emotional health benefits, including better sleep, improved mood, and pain relief in published studies. Research suggests Reiki helps the body return to a state of relaxation, which allows it to potentially better heal from damage brought on by stress, injury, or disease.
According to the International Association of Reiki Professionals, Reiki may be able to help reduce pain associated with the progression of cancer. It can also reduce some of the uncomfortable symptoms patients commonly experience during cancer treatment, such as anxiety, weakness, and nausea. Furthermore, Reiki can also improve the patient’s emotional health and outlook.
Yellow Brick Place Cancer Wellness Center hosts monthly Reiki sessions completely free of charge. If you’re curious about Reiki or have any questions about what to expect, give us a call at 234-228-9550.