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Anthropology: A Look Into The Energy Healing Of Reiki

Although there is controversy about the authenticity of reiki, many clientele boast of its effectiveness and the benefits reiki provides to their overall well-being. Recently, Canada has also seen an increase in the use of Reiki offered in hospitals around the country. Advancements in studies have also shown that Reiki is becoming a more and more popular form of energy healing among many Canadians and all over the world.

Keep reading to find out more about Reiki, how it works, its proven health benefits, and where to find Reiki locations throughout Canada. 

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What is Reiki Healing?

Reiki is a natural healing practice. It uses combined energy for healing purposes. Reiki Practitioners believe that energy is transferred from the palms of their hands to the client’s body. This is done through combined energy fields as the practitioner places their hands on various focal and pressure points of the client’s body. This energy transformation is believed to be a form of healing the body from various conditions, injuries and ailments.

“Reiki” is a Japanese word that means “universal life energy.” Reiki practitioners believe that they can heal injury, sickness and pain through energy healing and by removing blocks in energy that may be causing the ailment.

By allowing energy levels to flow more easily, Reiki practitioners aim to:

  • Enhance relaxation
  • Speed the healing process of injuries
  • Relieve pain
  • Decrease adverse symptoms associated with illnesses experienced by their clients

Reiki has been practiced in several cultures for over the past 2500 years. It is still a common practice today. Reiki is sometimes called hands-on healing or palm healing by some users.

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A relaxed setting is best for Reiki Healing.

How Exactly Does Reiki Healing Work?

Reiki sessions usually take place in a relaxing setting. Practitioners use soft lighting in the room. Peaceful music gently plays in the background. This is done to promote a deeper level of relaxation. It also helps the client feel more at ease with the session.

Reiki is commonly practiced throughout Canada and all around the world in:

  • Private homes
  • Day spas and retreats
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Hospital settings

What Goes on in a Reiki Session?

During a Reiki session, the client will either sit in a comfortable position with their feet flat on the floor or lie down on a table with their arms relaxed at their sides. Reiki sessions are also performed fully clothed. At no time during the session does the client have to remove any article of clothing. Unless it is uncomfortable. And they choose to remove it. Such as a sweater or a pair of tight socks. This is definitely permitted. However, at no time during the treatment should the client or the practitioner feel uncomfortable due to a lack of clothing for the patient.

Next, the Reiki Master will say an opening prayer before beginning their session. This opening prayer is a way to rid the room and atmosphere of negative energy lingering around. Then, the practitioner will place their hands lightly on the client’s body, beginning with the head. They will next work their way down the body. Reiki is done from the limbs to the torso and everything in between. 

In some areas where the client may be sore, the Reiki Master can hold their hands over the top of the area instead of applying direct contact to the body. For instance, a cut or a burn on the skin. Or if it is a personal area. The same rule applies. If the client or Reiki master does not feel comfortable touching their hands in a private area of the body, they can still transfer their healing energy from lingering slightly above the area. This will promote a better sense of feeling comfortable with the session.

At each placement of their hands, the Reiki master will concentrate on the energy field between their hands and the client’s body. Each placement takes approximately three to ten minutes. This depends on the energy felt by the practitioner. Reiki Masters claim that while their hands are being placed on the client, healing energy is being transferred between the two parties. The practitioner is said to feel the area that needs extra attention. Sometimes it may get warm, cold or tingle. When the practitioner no longer feels this strange sensation, they can move on to the next area of the body. And so on. Until the entire body has been covered.

The Conclusion of the Reiki Session

Sometimes the client may become so relaxed during the session that they may fall asleep. This is normal. Many clients claim to feel regenerated when the session has ended. The practitioner says a closing prayer at the end of the session. The client is encouraged to take their time when getting back up into a seated position. They may feel groggy immediately after the session. And it is sometimes best to take your time before rising. 

Some Reiki masters are also trained to use other healing practices, such as:

  • Using crystals
  • Healing wands
  • Smudging techniques
  • Clairvoyance

The practitioner might add these qualifications to the Reiki session. However, these added techniques are not considered usual practices for Reiki practitioners to use.

How Long Do Reiki Healing Sessions Last?

Reiki sessions can last from forty-five minutes to an hour and a half. The length of the session depends on the client’s needs. 

The first session will typically last longer. But, if you continue to have frequent Reiki sessions, they will gradually become shorter as you begin to heal. 

Some clients are only interested in one session. While others enjoy several sessions. Some clients hope to receive help with a particular injury or illness they are suffering from.

The length of the sessions really depends on the client and what their preferences are. Or, if they are seeing a Reiki Master in a doctor’s office or a hospital setting, it might be up to the discretion of the facility to decide the length of the sessions. It is also up to the facility to decide how often they need to take place.

How Do You Feel During the Reiki Session?

During a Reiki session, you may feel various forms of energy when the practitioner is touching you. For example, some people report feeling a sense of heat, cold, or tingling. Others have noted feeling pulsations, or sensations felt throughout the body when the practitioner has their hands placed on them.

Even if you don’t feel any sensations, most clients report feelings of relaxation and peace during the Reiki sessions. Some clients have even fallen asleep during the session and wake up to a greater sense of peace and deep relaxation.

It is believed that the energy healing can still take place, even if the client does not feel any sensations during the session. Not everyone is open to the feelings your body receives during the process. However, it is still believed by practitioners to provide healing benefits. 

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A Man Receiving Reiki Treatment

What Are The Health Benefits of Reiki Healing?

Reiki is practiced all over the world by many different people who swear by its benefits. Although it is not medically proven, Reiki is an energy practice. Reiki is believed to promote healing and provide several benefits to its clientele, including:

  • Promote relaxation
  • Assists the body with natural healing
  • Increases spiritual well-being 
  • Opens your chakras
  • Increases emotional and mental well-being
  • Relieve stress
  • Improve your overall well-being

What Medical Conditions Can Reiki Treat?

It is important to note that Reiki should never be used as an alternative to traditional medicine and on the advice of a medical doctor. However, if you would like to try Reiki in combination with medical treatment, you may benefit from several of its healing powers. Some medical conditions that Reiki can be used to treat in combination with your medical treatment may include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • ADHD and Autism
  • Arthritis 
  • Pain and Injury
  • Infertility
  • Cancer
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Hands used for Reiki treatment

How to Become a Reiki Practioner

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Reiki practitioner, check out the Canadian Reiki Association website. 

This incredible website has plenty of informative information about the healing benefits of Reiki. The Canadian-based website has a store where you can purchase related products. It also offers a listing of Reiki practitioners in every area of Canada. The Canadian Reiki Association website also offers a listing of Reiki teachers in Canada if you are interested in taking the Reiki course.

To become a Reiki practitioner, no prior education is necessary. Preparation for the course may include avoidance of alcohol and caffeine prior to the lesson. 

Through the help of a trained Reiki master, you will be attuned or trained to the incredible healing powers of Reiki. In a typical training session you will learn about:

  • Meditation
  • Chakras in our bodies 
  • The energy that makes up our bodies
  • How this energy works
  • How to transfer this energy by using your palms to clients
  • The proper methods used in energy healing
  • Methods for releasing negative energy

There are three levels of Reiki. If you choose to take all three levels, you will become a Reiki Master. Reiki Masters are believed to have the ability to heal people from a distance through their higher energy powers.

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Canadian Reiki Association

Is Reiki Harmful to Your Body?

Although Reiki has not been scientifically proven, it is becoming a popular practice all around the world. 

Because Reiki is a no-contact healing practice, it can not harm you. However, if you use Reiki instead of traditional medicine that is prescribed by your physician, you can cause serious harm to yourself. Reiki should never be used to replace traditional forms of medicine. 

Reiki is intended to be used alongside your modern medical practices that are recommended by your doctor. 

Research into the benefits of Reiki has not been thoroughly examined. However, according to clients, Reiki offers several healing benefits when used in combination with your medical treatments. If you are considering Reiki, ask your doctor if it’s the right choice for you.

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Reiki has many health benefits

Reiki Healing Offered in Hospitals in Ontario, Canada

Recently, Reiki has become increasingly popular in Canada. Reika also began to undergo more scientific research. As a result, many Ontario Hospitals include Reiki as a treatment option for patients. 

In a study that was published in the Journal of Palliative Care, the results suggest,

“that Reiki therapy may result in positive physical sensations and symptom relief in hospice patients and their caregivers, with no reported side effects.”

The journal indicated that patients who received Reiki treatment also experienced several benefits, including:

  • Decreased anxiety levels
  • Less discomfort
  • A decrease in restlessness
  • A decrease in pain levels

The journal concluded that Reiki is a valuable addition to treatment offered in hospitals. It is also suggested that further studies are recommended to better understand the strange phenomenon of energy healing through Reiki.

Studies performed throughout Canada at other hospitals came to the same conclusion. Reiki can help patients with relief of pain symptoms and overall mood and anxiety levels of patients.

VAS (Visual Analogue Scale for Anxiety) Results in Reiki Patients

According to the VAS (Visual Analogue Scale for Anxiety), patients who were treated with Reiki had a drop in anxiety levels from 4.4 to 2.32. In addition to a decrease in anxiety levels, patients also saw improvement in:

  • Sleep quality
  • Relaxation
  • A reduction in mood swings
  • Overall improvements in well-being

Because of this advancement in studies surrounding the use of Reiki as a treatment option, hospitals are getting on board. Many hospitals all over Ontario and the rest of Canada are now beginning to offer Reiki as a form of treatment for their patients. 

This new research is also showing that more and more Canadians are in favour of including Reiki as a standard healthcare practice within Canada. If you are interested in jumping on board, make sure to ask your physician about Reiki offered in your area clinics.

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Reiki is becoming popular in Canadian hospitals

Final Thoughts Regarding Reiki as a Form of Energy Treatment

Reiki is now becoming widely practiced in Canada because of an increase in studies, and a growing number of new people in favour of its incredible healing benefits.

Energy treatment in the form of Reiki also offers no side effects, risks or complications to its patients. This makes Reiki a safe treatment option to be used in combination with other medical treatments recommended by your physician.

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Reiki is a form of Energy Healing

Several patients boast about the benefits of Reiki, including a decrease in pain levels, a reduction in anxiety and stress levels, and an increase in overall well-being. Although Reiki is not offered in every hospital in Canada, it is steadily becoming a growing trend in many Canadian hospitals, spas, and home settings. 



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