10:54 22 April 2005
Reiki is a hands-on therapy developed in Japan. The word 'Reiki' means 'universal life energy'. The therapist uses the life energy that is all around us, and within all living things, to restore harmony and balance to the body, by reconnecting the body to the flow of universal energy.
Reiki was developed by a Japanese doctor, Dr. Usui, at the turn of the century. He based his system on Buddhist teachings as well as the results of his own research and meditations. Reiki also has links to ancient Sanskrit teachings.
During a treatment the patient lies on a massage table and the practitioner lays both hands on the patient in a series of positions. The therapist determines those parts of the body sensed to be emitting weak energy.
By laying his or her hands on these areas they act as a channel to enable energy to flow to the patient, restoring balance and harmony. A powerful form of distance healing can also be practised by Reiki therapists.
Reiki can be used to treat many things including acute injuries. It is very effective in treating chronic problems such as asthma, headaches and stress related disorders.
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