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Healing through Reiki

 

Reiki is a time-honored form of healing and relaxation that originated in Japan. It is a method of treating the whole person through a “laying of hands” approach, channeling healing energy into a patient. The word Reiki means “the higher power” (rei) and “life force energy” (ki). Traditionally, Reiki is used for anything from stress reduction and obtaining peacefulness to treating any illness of the body or working in conjunction with other medicinal techniques to diminish side effects and promote a healthier healing experience.

Reiki was founded by Dr. Mikao Usui in Japan in 1914. After a 21-day long fasting and meditative experience on Mt. Kurama, Dr. Usui first realized the power of what he would call Reiki. Some historians believe Dr. Usui was versed in other eastern healing arts, such as Qigong, and Yoga, but that Reiki was his true calling and very different from these other methods. Dr. Usui trained several others in his practice, including Dr. Chujiro Hayashi who opened the first Reiki clinic, in Tokyo. Hawayo Takata, originally of Hawaii, was miraculously treated at the clinic and prompted to learn Reiki for herself. She is credited for bringing Reiki from Japan to the western world in 1938, where she trained 22 Masters before she passed away. Today, as many as two million people practice Reiki throughout the world.

Reiki is typically received by practitioners through three levels lead by a Reiki master. During these courses, students receive attunements to open up chakras along with learning specific symbols to be utilized when administering treatment. Two major schools of Reiki exist, diverging in the practices they follow. The traditional school follows practices as outlined by either Usui and Hayashi or Takata, who initiated the practice of an energy exchange for Reiki which usually takes the form of a monetary exchange. The independent school practices Reiki in many forms, often integrating other forms of healing.

The practice of Reiki is not necessarily included in the modalities of Naturopathic Medicine, but can certainly be complementary to the practice. If energy is low, then there is a greater tendency to get sick or feel stress. Alternatively, if energy is high, there is a better chance of feeling healthy and peaceful. Many practitioners, including several at SCNM, utilize this powerful healing modality to promote physical, mental and spiritual growth.

By Laura Lambert


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