Stressed? Anxious? Persistent pain? Want to speed healing after surgery? Think Reiki (pronounced “ray-kee,” Japanese for universal life energy). Reiki is one of the more popular and widely-known forms of therapeutic touch. It is a mind-body therapy especially attuned to relieve mental clutter, restlessness, and pain.
Reiki is used by many types of practitioners, including nurses and clinicians in various settings like hospitals, burn centers, cancer care facilities, and hospice. In addition to medical environments, people use Reiki to process traumatic events, such as natural disasters, and it is offered during relief and recovery efforts.
How popular is Reiki? Pretty popular! Celebrities (from Dr. Oz to Gwenyth Paltrow) and healthcare experts alike appreciate the peace of mind and safety this form of treatment offers. About 60% of the hospitals included in the U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Hospitals list offer a Reiki program, reports the International Association of Reiki Professionals. In the U.K., half of the cancer units offer Reiki to patients.
Research continues to be done on the healing effects of Reiki. These studies are showing Reiki helps reduce anxiety, manage blood pressure, and reduce pain. There are government-sponsored clinical trials underway to gauge Reiki’s impact on reducing symptoms related to prostate cancer, and diabetic neuropathy. A recent study published in 2016 showed that people living with HIV experienced less pain when they received regular Reiki sessions.
Reiki at Our Place
At Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture, Reiki treatments are one-on-one and take place in our specially designed space, created to provide privacy while helping you stay connected to the treatment energy of community acupuncture. Our Reiki area is lit by soft Himalayan salt lights, has soothing music, and is home to our special Reiki treatment table. (Special because it’s extra comfortable, extra wide, adjustable, super soft and cushy, heated, and layered with fresh linens and bolsters!)
Sessions are done with clients fully clothed.
At the beginning of your session, you may identify a focus for your treatment — something you want to shift or change. Beyond that, the work is done in silence with you resting.
Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is both powerful and gentle. Alternately referred to as “palm healing” or “hands-on-healing,” Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include feelings of relaxation, peace, and well-being, leaving you feeling refreshed. It offers a simple, natural and safe method that works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve stress and promote recovery.
Reiki is not religious and is practiced by people of all religious persuasions as well as those with no religious convictions.
What to expect?
You will be asked to lay down on a massage table. You will be fully clothed except for your shoes. There will be a relaxing atmosphere for Reiki sessions, including dimmed lights and meditative music.
During the Reiki healing session a practitioner will place their hands lightly on different parts of your body, allowing their hands to rest on each body placement for 2 to 5 minutes before moving on to the next.
Just rest. As Hafiz, the ancient 14th-century Persian poet says,
“Just sit there right now
Don’t do a thing
For your separation from God,
Is the hardest work
In this World.”
Tips for a Great Energy Work Session
Avoid eating directly before your session.
Arrive 10 or more minutes before your session so you can get comfortable, go to the bathroom, process your payment and settle into the space.
Scheduling Your Session
- Reiki sessions are 60-minute appointments.
As with acupuncture, you can schedule your appointments online. Click on the “Book Now” tab to the right of your screen and check out the Fees + Forms section of our site to learn more.
Jimmy is certified to practice Reik and is a Master Reiki practitioner. He offers Reiki training for those interested in learning this art of healing. To learn more about Jimmy, click here.