Reiki is defined as a holistic wellness technique based on the idea that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, or non-touch, techniques to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.
HOW DOES REIKI WORK?
How exactly does Reiki healing and Reiki massage release tension and help the body heal? That question has yet to be definitively answered. Although there is increasing research evidence documenting the effects of Reiki(such as lowered heart rate, blood pressure, and stress hormones; increased immune strength), we have only broad theories as to what causes these effects or the pathways through which the healing occurs.
The multilevel, rapid response to how Reiki works suggests a complex process that engages many body systems, simultaneously or in quick succession, shifting the body from the “fight or flight” (stress) response to the relaxation response, and supporting the body’s own healing mechanisms. Some researchers theorize that Reiki’s physical, mental, and emotional healing effect is triggered on a sub-physical level.
The more traditional response is that we all have 7 energy centers within our bodies called chakras that help facilitate the flow of energy throughout our body. Over time, these chakras can move out of alignment, causing physical or emotional stress. Reiki is a process that can help re-align these energy centers, helping to facilitate overall relief.