Taking care of your body requires more than working out, eating well, and walking around inside a big Russian nesting doll. Explore the holistic side of health with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $25 for one 60-minute reiki session (a $50 value)
- $45 for two 60-minute reiki sessions (a $100 value)
- $60 for three 60-minute reiki sessions (a $150 value)
Like massage, reiki is a hands-on therapy, but unlike massage, its focus is not on muscles but on personal energy fields. Check out Groupon’s exploration of the holistic art.
Reiki: A Holistic Supplement to Modern Medicine
Nearly a century ago, Buddhist monk Mikao Usui ascended the slopes of Mount Kurama to meditate. He stayed for three weeks, and when he came home, he brought with him the basic tenets of a new healing technique: reiki. The technique is defined by a practice referred to as “laying on of hands.” The fully clothed patient reclines on a couch or table as the therapist hones in on 12–15 energy pathways across the body. The therapist’s hands then act as conduits of positive energy, hovering above each pathway for several minutes at a time. Advocates of reiki report a profound feeling of relaxation that washes over the body during these sessions—some drift off to sleep, and others claim to experience out-of-body visions.
To parse the meaning of reiki, one can divide the Japanese word into its constituent parts—rei, meaning “divine spirit”, and ki, meaning “life energy.” Though not tethered to any religion, reiki is spiritual in nature and built upon the notion that ki flows through everyone. Negative thoughts and physical conditions can disrupt this ki, and it is up to the reiki therapist to recharge the affected parts of the energy field. Usui believed the therapy was “the miraculous cure of all diseases,” but modern reiki therapists rarely recommend that it take the place of traditional medical or psychological treatment. They see it instead as a supplemental energy therapy that works in harmony with other types of medicine to combat anxieties and physical illnesses.