Reiki is a Japanese energy technique, with Tibetan origins, where an emphasis is placed on the body's natural ability to heal itself. The practitioner gently places their hands in various positions on the head and body with the intention of healing on a physical, mental, and emotional level.
Reiki originated over 4,000 years ago, when Tibetan Buddhist monks practised a spiritual and healing discipline called raku kei, a tradition that gradually fell out of practise.
In the 1800s, Dr. Mikao Usui revised the practice after studying texts and other energy systems. He eventually re-discovered a way of channelling Reiki, universal life energy. His student, Chujiro Hayashi, formalized the training and popularized the Reiki movement in Japan.
Reiki practitioners begin by invoking the Reiki energy and then lightly lay their hands on specific points on the body.
If the practitioner has identified hot spots, they will also spend time at those spots. The practitioner is simply a channel to focus the energy on each spot. The client is encouraged to remain calm and breathe deeply.
Reiki is a whole-body treatment that strives to achieve optimal health and energetic health for its clients through reducing stress and promoting overall healing within the body.
A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.
An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.