Reiki is an energy healing method that works on the physical body, the mental body and the emotional body, bringing great relief. It was discovered in Japan in the early 1900s and it has become popular throughout the world. It is a way of guiding the life force or higher power through the practitioner’s body into the patient’s body in order to bring about healing. The Reiki practitioner holds her hands near to the body of the patient and commands healing energy to flow from the practitioner into the patient. The energy flow brings physical and mental relief. Reiki works by either increasing the amount of energy in the body or by removing energy blockages. Here are some of the benefits of Reiki.

Reiki Eases Pain

Because it is effective in relieving pain, it is used in many hospitals to relieve pain for post-surgical patients. A number of hospitals in the USA use Reiki volunteers for this purpose and many hospital offer Reiki as part of its integrative medical practice. This effect of Reiki is a plus for cancer patients and those who suffer from arthritis and migraine headaches. It is also useful for people who are brought to hospital in acute pain before the drugs are administered or before the drugs take effect. After Reiki the pain relief will last for a few days and with regular appointments pain may go away indefinitely.

Calms the Mind and Reduces Stress

Reiki is a recognized method of treating stress and its associated problems. After a Reiki session patients report decreased anxiety levels and use words like “gentle”,” soothing”, “peaceful” and “quiet” to describe the healing session. After the session there are physiological changes in the body such as a decrease in blood pressure and changes in skin temperature, which indicate reduced stress and increased relaxation. Reducing stress prevents heart problems and stomach problems, and reduces mood disorders.

Improves Sleep

People who find it difficult to sleep or to stay asleep or generally have poor quality of sleep can find relief in Reiki. A number or research studies have found it to improve sleep patterns and to decrease episodes of insomnia. Better sleep promotes healing and reduces the risk of many diseases.

Heals Inflammation and Infection

Reiki has been found to reduce infection and inflammation in the body. This could be due to its ability to increase the white blood cells. In a study by the Helfgott Research Institute at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon, an increase in white blood cells was found in the group of people who received Reiki compared to the control group. This indicates that Reiki has potential to improve the immune system. Further studies are required to find out the extent of this effect of health.

Increases Intuition and Creativity

People who are involved in creative arts and problem solving usually benefit from practicing Reiki on themselves to bring clarity and focus. If they can’t do it themselves they can visit a practitioner. Practitioners use the same intuition to scan the body of the patient to find out where they should send more energy.

Helps People through the Grieving Process

Because Reiki involves the physical body, the emotional body and the mental body, it is good for those who are grieving. Sometimes a grieving person can get stuck at a certain level of pain and guilt and cannot move on. Reiki can release the trapped emotions related to grieving, allowing the emotions to flow and the person to move on.

Improves Clarity of Thinking and Feeling

Reiki is good for cleansing the feelings and the thoughts. After a few sessions you become clearer in your emotions and your thinking and you can feel more deeply. This improves relationships with the self and with others as you are better able to express your thoughts and how you feel.

Works Well with Other Healing Methods

Unlike drugs which can interfere with the efficacy of other drugs, Reiki does not interfere with any medicines or other treatment methods. It can be safely practiced on a person who is going through any form of treatment. That is why it is popular in hospitals where it is used alongside allopathic medicines without a problem. Instead of interfering it actually accelerates healing.

Improves Mental Health

Reiki is known for improving the mood which can lift a person from anxiety and depression. In fact many people use it as treatment for depression and anxiety, alone or together with allopathic medicine. The more sessions a person has, the better the mood and the less the anxiety and depression. For people who do not like taking drugs for depression and other emotional problems, Reiki can prove to be a useful alternative.

If you have problems focusing on a task, Reiki can provide a sense of control and make you feel grounded and connected to the present moment. As a result you tend to accept events as they happen and work to improve your situation instead of reacting in a negative manner. This makes you a pleasant person to work with under pressure.

Improves Movement of the Joints

Reiki is as effective as physiotherapy in improving the range of motion of a joint. No one knows yet how that works but possibly it heals the damaged joint, relaxes the ligaments and reduces pain, making it easier to move the joint. This is particularly useful for those who have been hurt in an accident, suffer from arthritis or have stiff joints due to other reasons.

Benefits Everyone!

Reiki is applicable to all people irrespective of age. For example:
Pregnant women benefit through the relief of morning sickness and low back pain.
Babies benefit through relief of colic and relief of inflamed gums when they are cutting teeth.
Children become calmer and can focus better at school when they are treated with Reiki.
The elderly benefit from clearer brains and from strengthened psyche.
People going through the long and painful process of dying can benefit from the pain relief and calm that Reiki provides.
The bereaved can benefit greatly from Reiki which will make them feel loved and supported.
Those who are seeking spiritual growth find that Reiki is a bridge that connects them to their own inner guidance. It can open the door to seeing the world from a more spiritual perspective.
Pets and farm animals can find relief while waiting for the vet’s appointment.
Places also benefit from Reiki. You can heal a particular neighborhood that has a lot of crime or other problems. In fact you can send healing to any place on earth that needs healing, for example places that are at war.

One great thing about Reiki is that it is not aligned to any religion. It is completely neutral. It is energy healing, involving the channeling of life energy which exists around us and directing it to a particular person or a particular body part of the person. Reiki does not require the practitioner to change to any religion or to be religious. Anyone who is religious, or follows a spiritual path or does neither can practice Reiki and can receive healing through Reiki.

Distant Healing

We are all energy and we are all swimming in energy. That energy connects everything and everyone on earth. Therefore when someone needs healing and they are hundreds or thousands of miles away you can send them healing. You can request healing from any Reiki practitioner who is based anywhere on earth and you or your loved one will receive that healing. How? Second degree Reiki practitioners receive three healing symbols one of which is for distant healing. The Reiki practitioner invokes this symbol when sending healing energy across time and space. And it always works. In this day and age when family members scatter across the world because of work or climate, it is useful to know how to heal at a distance or who to call for help. You never know when the need will arise.

Indeed Reiki is an amazing healing modality that heals pets, places and people. It relieves people and pets of physical, emotional and mental problems. The next time you feel stressed or you feel ill, or you are anxious about a coming presentation or you just do not have any energy, ask for Reiki healing. In fact the best thing you can do right now is to search online for a healing practitioner who practices distant healing. Make contact with the practitioner and ask questions so that you know the best times to work with that practitioner. The next time you or your loved one is sick you can request your practitioner for distance healing. You will enjoy the session and you will come out feeling more relaxed than you were before you went into the session. You will wonder why you waited so long to try Reiki.

Authored by Sipiwe Mashingaidze

Sipiwe Mashingaidze is the author of a number of books on holistic health and spirituality. She became interested in holistic health when she developed recurring health problems in her 30s and 40s that doctors could not eliminate. She only managed to eliminate her symptoms completely in 2008 when she did her own research and changed her diet. That is when she decided to write her first book. You can link with her on Facebook or visit her website here. If you would like to write an article for our blog, please read our guest posting guidelines.