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Reiki 101


What is Reiki?


Reiki is a form of healing that works with the bio-field to help bring balance to the body. Reiki helps in the allowance of energy to flow freely into you and through you. And bring attention to blockages and stagnant energy so they can be let go. It works by bringing a better sense of peace and calm along with a more relaxed state of mind so better healing can take place. Reiki is a good way to figure out where the situation stems from and why it’s affecting you the way it is now so you can release it. 


What is Reiki Energy?

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Reiki roughly translates to Universal energy. Though there is no direct translation from Japanese to English, we can surmise through context, that 'Rei' is the universal or source consciousness and 'Ki' is the subtle energy that flows through all things.


How does it work?

We are alive because life force is flowing through us. Life force flows within the physical body though pathways called chakras, meridians and nadis. It also flows around us in a field of energy called the aura. Life force nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. When this flow of life force is disrupted, it causes diminished function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body.


How does it help?

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Reiki is a type of energy work that originated in Japan. It’s a simple method of light touch that is based on the Asian concept of 'Ki' or life energy. The experience is very soothing and results in the client entering a state of relaxation in which attention is brought to blockages and stagnant energy so they can be let go.


A Brief History

Mrs. Hawayo Takata (Takata Sensei) who was trained by Mikao Usui brought Reiki from Japan to the West in 1937 and continued to practice and teach until her passing in 1980. Because of her devotion, Reiki has been passed on to millions of people all over the world, if it wasn’t for her, Reiki most likely would never have been discovered by the West and even in Japan would have been practiced secretly by only a small number of people.


How is it practiced and practiced over distance?

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It is practiced with the client lies fully clothed on a massage table while the practitioner gently places their hands in positions around the head and shoulders, the abdomen and the legs and feet. The hands can also be positioned an inch or so away from the body. Because energy connects all things with the intention it can be performed over distance. 


How does it fit into life?

It fits into life quite easily because its not for just one group of people its for anyone. Even if you feel well and are in great condition you can still experience the benefits of Reiki. Reiki works with a person’s body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Don’t you think everyone can use a little more of that?

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