Reiki is a fairly straightforward concept. Essentially, there is energy that flows in the universe. A person can be trained to harness this energy in a way so that they can treat medical, emotional, or spiritual problems in a patient or in themselves.
While reiki cannot completely heal a person with an illness, it can be used to supplement more conventional treatments. Reiki is done by having the practitioner lay his or her hands on the patient and focus the flow of energy into the affected area.
Some reiki practitioners believe that the energy will flow to where it is needed, while other practitioners require that the patient tell them where the treatment should be focused. After extensive training, reiki practitioners can treat themselves, as well as treat another person without actually touching them. Some people confuse reiki with massage therapy, but the two are nothing alike; reiki does not require the manipulation of the body.
Different Types of Reiki Treatments
Reiki is a holistic treatment. This means that it can be used to treat ailments in the entire body as well as in the mind and in the spirit. While all of these things are possible with reiki, the most common use of the treatment is as a way of healing the body.
Whole body treatment with reiki basically involves the patient lying down and the practitioner laying his or her hands on or over the patient’s body. Some reiki practitioners can feel where the energy is needed more than others. In localized reiki treatment, one specific part of the body is treated; this is often used on those who have been in accidents or who have one specific complaint.
A patient can also receive group treatment, which involves two reiki practitioners performing reiki on one patient. It is thought that this can bring about a better effect.