What is Reiki?
Reiki treatment usually lasts between sixty and ninety minutes. The Reiki practitioner places his/her
hands gently and passively on different locations on the body, usually beginning at the head. Each
position is held for at least five minutes. Reiki is different from traditional massage because the
person may remain fully clothed. Unlike massage, Reiki does not require any form of manipulation of
tissue or muscles so the hands remain still. It is common for the person being treated to experience
sensations such as warmth or tingling flowing from the Reiki practitioner's hands. Most people report
entering a very deep state of relaxation. Those familiar with meditation say they enter a deep
meditative state. The mind calms, the breathing slows down, and a feeling of well-being and
centeredness and a better sense of perspective is attained.
 
By receiving a one-hour session of Reiki, one physiologically attains many of the benefits equivalent to three to four hours sleep, such as increased oxygen supply to the blood and cells. This clinical observation, combined with the meditative state, makes Reiki a most effective natural stress reliever. Regular use of Reiki leads to an increase in general vitality and well-being and a sense of inner peace. It greatly accelerates and promotes the healing process and regeneration of tissue, and is capable of improving the quality of one's life to an amazing degree. Reiki cannot be learned from a book or by instruction. It is one of the ancient mysteries of the world and the activation of Reiki in your hands occurs only through a process referred to as an `attunement' or `initiation' which is given by a Reiki Master. An important difference between Reiki and other effective energy therapies is that, once it has been activated in your hands, you have it for life and you are able to treat yourself. Most other energy healing systems do not extend beyond the ability to treat others. In many other natural energy healing systems the practitioner is limited by his/her own physical and spiritual development and is often in danger of depleting his/her own energy in the process of treating others. This difference is one of Reiki's primary benefits. Reiki can be explained in many ways. It can be considered an energy science which makes sense from the perspective of some theories within the field of quantum physics. It can also be seen as a state of manifesting consciousness, which is discussed in the second part of this book. Whatever the explanation, it is an ancient healing/harmonizing therapy rapidly becoming recognized among health practitioners as a safe and highly effective complementary therapy to all other forms of health care. ---- Copyright 1997 Healthy Touch Wellness Center * Reiki is not a substitute for medical attention.
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