Reiki is a spiritual practice developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist, which has since been adapted by various teachers of varying traditions. It uses a technique commonly called palm healing or hands-on-healing as a form of alternative medicine and is sometimes classified as oriental medicine by some professional medical bodies. Through the use of this technique, practitioners believe that they are transferring universal energy (i.e., reiki) in the form of Qi (Japanese: ki) through the palms, which they believe allows for self-healing and a state of equilibrium.
There are two main branches of Reiki, commonly referred to as Traditional Japanese Reiki and Western Reiki. Though differences can be wide and varied between both branches and traditions, the primary difference is that the Westernized forms use systematized hand-placements rather than relying on an intuitive sense of hand-positions, which is commonly used by Japanese Reiki branches. Both branches commonly have a three-tiered hierarchy of degrees, usually referred to as the First, Second, and Master/Teacher level, all of which are associated with different skills and techniques.
What to Expect
Prior to the treatment practitioners will feel your energy field by placing their hands over your body as she performs a scan known as a Byosen Scan. This will enables a skilled practitioner to identify the energy field that may need healing before she begins the Reiki session. A subtle difference is felt in her hands at those areas.
Practitioners then place their hands above or lightly touching specific areas called chakras, places in the body where the energy flow may be blocked. The exchange of energy opens the flow to the areas where it is most needed by the body.
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