According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Reiki method of healing came to the United States in 1922 through Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan. A form of energy healing, Reiki is performed by a trained practitioner who uses a technique of placing the hands just over the body and using a “sweeping” motion and light touch to move the energy within and around the patient.
An alternative therapeutic practice, Reiki may be a benefit to your overall progress in treatment when you incorporate it into your treatment plan. Find a mental health treatment program that can provide you with the services you need to heal today when you call to speak with one of our counselors.
*Universal Life Energy
The goal of a Reiki session is to transmit Universal Life Energy to the patient. A general sense of relaxation – often described as spiritual – is felt, and many patients say they experience a number of benefits including a reduction in negative mental health symptoms, reduced pain, increased relaxation, and more rapid progress in their overall treatment program.
Questions to Ask Your Reiki Practitioner
Before you begin any alternative therapeutic treatment, it is important to learn everything you can about the practice, the practitioner, what you will experience in the session, and what the expected outcome will be. Some questions for you to ask include:
- Where were you trained? What was involved in your training (e.g., number of practice hours, education hours, internship, etc.)?
- How long have you been practicing and what has been your experience?
- What happens during a Reiki session?
- Should I prepare in any way to improve the outcome of the session?
- How many sessions a week should I do and for how long?
- How can I tell if there is any progress made? Is a baseline of symptoms taken and a follow-up appointment scheduled?
- How will I feel when the session is over?
- What other therapies and treatments work well with Reiki?
*The Meaning of Reiki
According to Reiki, the Healing Touch by William Lee Rand, Reiki is two Japanese words, “rei” and “ki.” Rei means “God’s wisdom” or the “higher power.” Ki means “life force energy.” Together, Reiki means “spiritually guided life force energy.”
Increasing the Flow of Energy
Reiki practitioners believe that there is an unseen life force energy that flows through and around each one of us, and that when we are ill with physical or mental health symptoms it is often because our life force energy is low. The practice of Reiki is believed to increase this life force and thus improve our health and experience in life. The sweeping motion is akin to a “laying on of hands” that is seen in other spiritual practices.
Choose the Right Reiki Practitioner
Because there is little to no regulation of how Reiki practitioners are trained, it is important that you go through a reputable source to make sure that you find someone who is qualified. Contact us today at the number listed her to be matched with a mental health treatment program that can give you access to the services and treatments that will most benefit you. Call now.