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What is Reiki?

A Gentle Form Of Energy Work

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Reiki is a very gentle, non-invasive form of "energy work." The development of Reiki is attributed to a Japanese Buddhist named Mikai Usui (1865-1926). Reiki is based on the idea that there is life force energy that can be encouraged to flow. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words. Rei means "God's Wisdom " and Ki (known as "Chi" is Chinese) is "life force energy."

What Does a Reiki Session Feel Like?

You begin by laying down, fully clothed, with relaxing music in the background. The Reiki practitioner will gently rest their hands on you in a series of positions, from the crown of the head to the feet. The Reiki practitioner holds the position for several minutes, then moves to the next position. A good Reiki session should be deeply relaxing and leave you feeling calmer and more balanced.

What You Need To Know About Reiki

While massage practitioners undergo long training programs and must have a state license, Reiki technique is simple and Reiki is not regulated by the state. Someone is a certified "Reiki Master" after a relatively brief series of workshops and initiation ceremonies said to prepare the body to channel Reiki energy.

Reiki can still be a good treatment. Just be aware that there are no state requirements for Reiki, and there will be variation in the skill, talent and experience of the practitioner.

* If you're curious about Reiki, try to get a recommendation from someone you know or go to a reputable spa.

* If you're expecting a Western-style massage , you will be disappointed. This is very quiet, subtle work that deals with the body's energy system.

* It's subtle, but you should feel calmer and more balanced during and after the treatment. If you don't feel anything, try a different practitioner.

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