A Basic Guide To Understanding What Reiki Is

by Jamila Tyler

There are a lot of people around the world who have felt the benefits of reiki healing, but there are even more who aren’t privy to its concept or potential benefits. Such was the case for Melissa Beaver, whose struggles with fibromyalgia were documented on our series I Beat The Odds

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For those of you who are interested in learning the basics of what reiki healing looks like, we put together this short guide on energy healing: 

First Off, What Is Reiki? 

The dictionary definition of reiki is, “A healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.” 

Similarly to acupuncture, reiki healing looks at how our energy flows through set pathways called chakras and meridians throughout the body. A reiki practitioner will treat a patient by placing their hands on and around the patient's body in a series of positions, and movements, which are focused on areas where energy flow is unhealthy. 

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Is Reiki Fake?

It’s not abnormal for someone to look at a reiki treatment—with a practitioner’s hands waving around in the air, “affecting energy”—and wonder if it’s all bogus. However, there are countless cases out there, where people report effectively using reiki to deal with chronic pain, muscle tension, anxiety, and recovery. 

WebMD does say, “No scientific studies have proved whether reiki is effective for treating any type of disease. But some health professionals believe it may be useful in helping reduce stress and anxiety.” 

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Is Reiki Treatment For You?

Reiki is a widespread practice, with plenty of googleable reiki practitioners in most major cities across the United States. If you’re suffering from any type of chronic pain or muscle tension, it could be worth looking into. Just always be sure to inform your primary doctor or physician of any foray into alternative treatments for pain. 

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