| A Brief Definition of Reiki
Ki [key] in Japanese, or C'hi [chee] in Chinese, is the subtle energy which flows in every living thing. Ki is what an acupuncturist manipulates with needles. In Reiki, Ki is manipulated and transferred by the hands of a Reiki practitioner by touching the client's body.
Reiki is a subtle energy healing system, utilizing a quiet, direct touch of the client's clothed body to channel Ki. This is done through the use of 14 different hand positions which cover most of the recipient's body, both front and back. It is not a form of massage, since there is no tissue manipulation.
A Reiki practitioner must receive an attunement [specialized, enabling, energy transfer] by a Reiki Master to be able to use this system of healing. The system was created by Mikao Usui in Japan after his study of Tendai Buddhist [his religion] teachings and their Tibetan Vajrayana roots, in order to rediscover direct-touch healing, culminating with a profound personal experience while on a thirty day meditation. After that experience, Usui was able to heal others by touch, as well as to enable this ability in his students.
Usui set up a school to teach others how to use his system at various levels. There were several "lineages" [eastern practice of listing teachers and their teachers] resulting from this school. Usui trained 22 Reiki Masters, one to whom most practitioners in this country can trace their lineage [Usui-Hayashi-Takata-Furomoto]. Since then, the number of practitioners has rapidly grown around the world.
Reiki is used by practitioners privately at home or with clients, in their own offices, or in hospitals, as well as in hospices. There are many reports of stress reduction [which doctors say helps provide immune system improvement], better coping with chronic pain, and calmer, less troubling, emotional experiences. People learn Reiki to help their families, friends, and other clients. Some learn in order to teach Reiki. Nurses, massage therapists, other bodyworkers and energyworkers like to learn it to enhance the physical, traditional and/or complementary help they already provide.
Reiki sessions last about an hour. They are priced [corrected for specific areas] about the same as a massage session, or slightly less. Reiki is taught in three levels - Reiki I, Reiki II, and Reiki Master. It takes a day to teach Reiki I. the same is true for Reiki II, and two or more days minimum to initially teach and attune a Reiki Master. [The actual time required to become a good Reiki Master is about a year.] The costs of training reflect these times. Usually, this training to levels I, II, and RM is spaced over a number of months.
Sometimes, students of Reiki learn it as a form of personal spiritual growth, in addition to its obvious relaxing healing benefits. This can be Reiki alone, or in combination with other disciplines.
I am a traditional, certified Reiki Master. My lineage is of the Usui-Hayashi-Takata-Furumoto line. I provide Reiki sessions and complete traditional Reiki training to all levels. [I also provide understanding of other subtle energies and modalities, as well as other types of Reiki. Therefore, I also can trace my learning to other lineages.]
To sum it up -- When a properly trained and attuned Reiki practitioner puts their hands on you, relaxation usually happens, along with all of its benefits.
For a more complete description of Reiki, click on the link to the main Reiki page.