What is Reiki Healing?

Reiki healing is one of the most popular alternative medicine techniques that involve energy healing.

While there is mixed evidence to support its effectiveness, many people have found it useful, relaxing, and promising when they have tried it.

Let’s examine what Reiki healing is.

What evidence there is in favor and against it.

Does Reiki use crystals or Reiki healing music?

And how is Reiki applied?

Reiki is often used to support some medical treatment and is employed most often across different healing spaces, including hospitals, rehabilitation centres, palliative care wards, and others.

It is also sought by people as a path to relaxation, reducing their anxiety, reducing pain, and other problems.

However, it is also categorized as an alternative healing practice because of limited evidence.

So, what is Reiki Healing?

This is a practice that is also known as energy healing.

It comes from Japan and was developed in the 1800s.

Since then, it became widely used across the world.

The idea is that the process involves channelling energy from one person to another, specifically, from the Reiki practitioner to the client to promote healing.

The client is always fully clothed as Reiki is unlike having a massage.

The great thing about Reiki healing is that it is a non-invasive process as the holistic practitioner only uses a light non-invasive touch, usually around the head, the shoulders and depending on the client or their injuries and energy levels, other areas of the body are worked on, but there is never any pressure on the body, as it’s a light touch and energy healing process.

Supportive toolkits such as Reiki healing music and crystals can also be used, to support the holistic healing practice.

The Reiki practitioner will ask important questions before the process begins, to make sure the client has a relaxed healing session and is feeling comfortable with the session to gain maximum benefit from it.

Reiki Healing Energy is quite popular and often offered both in alternative settings and traditional ones as a complementary approach.

In the U.S., around a million people try Reiki Healing every year, although the numbers change depending on when it rises in popularity.

The practice of Reiki Healing music or Reiki with crystals or other forms of supportive toolkits might change depending on the beliefs and preferences of the Holistic health practitioner.

Many Holistic practitioners, if not most use healing music as a supportive tool.

At the moment, there has been limited research done on Reiki.

This is associated with several factors.

First, many people are still skeptical about it’s process and approach, it’s often practised in different ways and by different types of individuals from a range of backgrounds.

Secondly, Reiki is often reported to be effective by people who seek it out, but the reports are mostly individual experiences rather than scientific evidence.

Few studies have been done on Reiki.

There is some evidence that Reiki healing energy can reduce pain slightly.

A study that compared Reiki to placebo, that is, a non-treatment that showcases whether the person might feel better just from doing anything, found that Reiki was more effective for physical relaxation than placebo, music, or meditation.

Reiki could help healthcare professionals with burnout to reduce stress and activate the parasympathetic nervous system.

In some studies, but not in others, Reiki contributed to reduced blood pressure, heart rate, and other measures of stress.

For individuals with chronic conditions, Reiki could not improve them but was able to support the patients’ emotional well-being.

This suggests that Reiki could be stronger than placebo, an important measure for the effectiveness of any treatment.

People who seek out Reiki can feel more relaxed, less stressed, and reach a deeper state of calm, which may benefit their health.

There is, however, no real scientific explanation as to why or how it works.

The official explanation behind Reiki healing is that it involves working with the body’s energies and energy field.

Practitioners have to undergo an attunement process to increase their ability to shift energies.

The Reiki practitioner will train to induce relaxation, and one suggested explanation for the effectiveness of the practice is that Reiki has a positive influence on the parasympathetic nervous system that reduces stress and “unplugs” the body’s natural response to stress and anxiety when things are safe.

Reiki healing is generally a safe practice.

It doesn’t seem to have any side effects and some of the existing evidence is promising, although it is, of course, not a miracle cure.

Reiki healing energy practices might not be entirely well understood but many find them useful.

Reiki is not a mainstream treatment but might be a safe integrative and positive energy practice to incorporate for many people.

However, it is important to choose a holistic healing practitioner you trust and who understands the practice, sharing your beliefs and making you feel better after a session.

Reiki healing is a phenomenon that we might hear more about in the future.


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