Reiki was developed in Japan in 1922 by Mikao Usui and was brought to the West in 1937 by Hawayo Takata. The popularity of Reiki has grown exponentially in the past few decades. A survey conducted in 2007 indicates that in the previous year, 1.2 millions of adults and 161,000 children in the US recieved one or more Reiki sessions.
The awareness that an unseen energy flows through all living things directly affects the quality of a person’s health has been part of the wisdom of many cultures since ancient times. This life enery goes by many names: qi in China, ki in Japan, and prana in India. The ancient Hawaiians called it ti or ki. It has been called orgone energy and elan vital, and science refers to it as biofield energy.
When your life energy is low, it is more difficult to deal with stress; you may not sleep well, and you’re more susceptible to illness. When you life energy is strong, can more easily deal with stress, and are less likely to get sick. Reiki is a technique that increases a person’s supply of life energy.
Reiki is administered through the hands of a Reiki practitioner with the client lying fully clothed on a massage table. A session usually lasts between 45 minutes to an hour and a half and shorter sessions are also possible. The Reiki practitioner places his or her hands at locations around the head and shoulders the abdomen and on the legs and feet. Tissue is not manipulated. The practitioner’s hands are simply held at each location, lightly touching or slightly away from the body. Reiki energy flows from the practitioner’s hands and into the client’s body and energy field. A Reiki sessions feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that surrounds and fills the client and includes feelings of relaxation, peace and well-being that also promote healing.