A “universal energy” is transferred through the palms of practitioner to patient’s body in order to aid in emotional or physical healing
What You'll Get
- 60-Minute Reiki/Chakra/Vibrational Energy Session
- 80-Minute Reiki/Chakra/Vibrational Energy Session
Reiki: Directing Energy Toward Holistic Health
Reiki treatments may seem mysterious, given that they rely on an invisible energy field. Learn about the theory that guides its practitioners’ hands with our brief introduction.
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, often chi, flows through everyone. Negative thoughts and physical conditions can disrupt this chi, 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.
The Fine Print
Kathleen Caruso encourages wellness and relief for her clients by finding and correcting the energetic imbalances that can contribute to chronic pain and prevent people from living fuller, happier lives. To restore this sense of holistic harmony, she employs a range of treatment modalities—energy medicine, reiki, chakra balancing, and more—as she help jump-starts the body's natural healing processes. Raindrop therapy, for instance, involves the use of Young Living Essential Oils on the spinal column to penetrate pores and facilitate relaxation for the whole body.