Reiki is an energy healing method. It is over 2,500 years old, originating in Tibet and practiced for years in secrecy by Tibetan monks. Because of the secrecy around it, it was lost for centuries until it was rediscovered in the late 1800’s by Dr. Usui of Japan.

Reiki is a Japanese word that means universal life force (ULF.) It is the energy that is all around us, and also includes energy within our bodies, our connection to a higher source, the ground, the sky, a chair, etc. It’s everywhere. Reiki includes all that we can see and all that we cannot. Reiki uses ancient Sanskrit words and symbols to open up this energy. It is very powerful when used correctly. It can be used for self-healing or others by laying on the hands, no-touch healing, absentee or long-distance healing, or to increase abundance, luck, love and much more. It is effective on all levels of the body, mind, spirit and emotions. It accelerates the body’s ability to heal. Reiki identifies physical problems and opens the mind to the cause of pain and disease, assisting in the entire process of healing.

In a massage therapy setting, Reiki can be used to enhance bodywork, or be used purely as an energy session. In a typical Reiki session, the recipient is fully clothed, lying face up on a massage table and made comfortable. Prior to starting, the client is asked to state their intention for the session, whether they have received Reiki before, and offered the choice of light touch or no touch. The actual session starts with the practitioner tapping into their energy source, stating the intention of the clients and asking for the ULF to assist in this healing session. The Sanskrit words or symbols are then used as directed to facilitate the intended healing. Essential oils, sounds, crystals, or a bowl of salt water for aura-cleansing, tuning forks, or chanting may be used depending on the needs of clients and style of the practitioner. The session is closed by using a fast sweeping method over the client, or a slow clockwise head to toe energy clearing. Both occur within the auric field without touching the body. The client is usually asked to take a few deep breaths and a couple minutes of integration time before getting off the table. It is also common to save enough time for questions, discussion about experiences, and follow-up suggestions from the practitioner.

Reiki does not require any effort to practice, and classes are available all over the world. It is equally popular with both healing arts professionals and non-professionals. For beginners, it is suggested to try a session and see if the benefits are discernible. Many have found it to be an indispensable addition to their well being. Reiki practitioners are commonly found in wellness centers, health fairs and the internet.

Within Chicago Touch, Dan, Angelica and Michael practice Reiki. For more information on the procedure, or to schedule a session, call Chicago Touch at 312-929-3083.

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