For those new to Eastern healing, Reiki may be an unfamiliar concept. However, this form of treatment has its roots in concepts that go back millennia. This article will go over the history of Reiki and how it can help you improve your overall wellness.
The History and Science of Reiki
Reiki was “officially” developed in Japan by Japanese Buddhist monk Mikao Usui in 1922, based on his reading of earlier Buddhist texts. In truth, though, the core concepts of Reiki stem from Buddhist belief in Ki (or “Qi,” in Mandarin) that go back to the 4th Century BCE. Ki is best understood as our life force, and is critical to the practice of Japanese and Chinese traditional medicine, Yoga, Tai Chi Ch’uan (chi being an alternative spelling of Qi), and martial arts. This same concept of life energy was, in fact, part of Western thought well into the Middle Ages.
While Ki has been an accepted concept in India, China, Japan, and elsewhere, empirical science has been skeptical of the concept due to the fact that it cannot be measured. At the same time, though, while laboratory scientists denigrate Reiki, medical practitioners, particularly at oncology centers, have begun incorporating the practice into their integrative pain management programs, such as at the prestigious Johns Hopkins medical system and the Simmons Cancer Institute in Illinois (the institute is a part of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine). These medical institutions, which go beyond laboratory science to provide actual care to patients report that Reiki helps put patients into the right state for the healing process. Noted journalist Bill Moyers reported on the healing benefits of Reiki as early as 1993, in his groundbreaking documentary, Healing and the Mind, where he discussed Chinese medical treatments based on Ki and how empirical medicine was learning from these treatments.
What Moyers reported – and what our practice of Reiki shows – is that wellness goes beyond just treating a discrete illness. Reiki is about responding to imbalances in energy in the body, and providing restorative treatments through the laying on of hands. The Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota has reported that the benefits of Reiki are improved heart rates and blood pressure, and is suggested to improve issues with anxiety, pain, and depression.
What Will You Experience In Your Reiki Session
No matter why you come to Marconi Chiropractic and Wellness, you receive high quality care, tailored to your individual needs. With Reiki, when you arrive, we will discuss what brought you to the clinic, and what we can do to help. After this assessment, the process of Reiki involves healing touch, focused on those areas where you may feel imbalance or discomfort. Typically, a Reiki practitioner will treat you while you lie down on a massage table.
Unlike massage, reiki is performed fully clothed, and is not about applying deep pressure to body tissues. Some practitioners will even choose to perform reiki without direct physical contact, which people who have gone through traumatic experiences sometimes prefer. Typically, the process begins at the crown of the head, and then proceeds down to other critical nodes in the body.
Those who have gone through Reiki frequently describe feeling a warm and soothing sensation during the process. Focusing on those areas where we are out of balance has been shown to have a positive effect on how we deal with pain and anxiety and enhance our spiritual well-being.