Originating in Japan to promote stress reduction and relaxation for the natural healing of the body, Reiki is an alternative therapy centered on the placing of hands on or above certain areas of the body to release blocked energy. While this has not been proven scientifically, Reiki practitioners believe that if the life force energy in the body gets blocked, an individual may experience higher stress levels or get sick.
Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the original Reiki system of natural healing, made the mind-body connection early on, which became the core philosophy behind the practice. He recommended that in order to stay physically healthy, an individual should adopt the following five simple, ethical ideals universally acknowledged across all cultures that promote inner peace and harmony:
- Avoid anger.
- Be kind to others.
- Express gratitude.
- Work hard.
- Don’t take life too seriously.
Reiki aims to treat the whole person—physically, emotionally, and mentally—along with other popular holistic therapies, such as Massage Therapy, Feldenkrais, the Alexander Technique, Acupuncture, and Reflexology. A series of Reiki sessions may help to facilitate deep relaxation, stress relief, and an overall feeling of well-being. It is a generally safe, non-invasive method of healing that may also be used in coordination with more conventional medical treatments.
Be sure to consult your health care provider before undertaking Reiki or other complementary and alternative medicine therapies.