What is Reiki, and how does it differ from traditional massage therapy?

42593723 - pretty woman enjoying a reiki technique at the health spaDid you know? Reiki and massage are both great ways to improve your quality of life, although most people are more familiar with the various massage therapies. That’s why today we want to share information about Reiki, and how it can be beneficial as part of an overall self-care strategy.

First, a little background. Reiki is the Japanese technique of channeling energy. A Reiki therapist works with the patient to reduce stress and promote relaxation. The word “Rei-ki” is a Japanese word that translates to English as “universal life energy”. The practice was first developed in 1922, by a Buddhist man named Dr. Mikao Usui, who believed he must pass on his practice of healing with positive energy.

This is a very different method than the traditional massage, which involves manipulating the body and muscles through touch. Swedish is the most common type of massage, and the foundation from which most Western massage techniques, such as deep-tissue and sports massage, originate. Reiki is a newer, Eastern practice that is rapidly gaining popularity.

Reiki and traditional massage are complimentary of one another. The goal of both practices is to provide relaxation, and each have reinvigorating effects on the body and mind. Both also stimulate the body to expel toxins and improve oxygen flow throughout the body. But while traditional massage is a physical encounter, Reiki is a more spiritual rebalancing of the body’s energy.

The goal of Reiki therapy

Reiki is not necessarily a healing practice as much as it is clearing the mind so the body can heal itself, and allowing its life force to respond positively to any other treatments. Practitioners believe that the energy that surrounds the body can be disrupted, and Reiki therapy helps restore balance and boost the energy that is vital to the overall state of our health.

Relaxation is the number one result of receiving Reiki treatments, and with relaxation comes improved sleep. Better sleep promotes good health, a clearer mind, and more confidence in ourselves.

Being able to relax deeply is not something people take seriously enough, even though it is imperative to both mental and physical health. Getting good, restful sleep plays a critical role in our health and well-being.

During sleep our brains rest and prepare for coming events, and also filters and stores information. Our body heals and repairs itself while in sleep mode. Many clients experience better sleep after a Reiki session.

What to expect during a Reiki session

Reiki is a deeply personal and spiritual experience, though not a religious one. All can engage in the positive, renewing flow of energy that comes at the hands of a trained professional; the practice is not suggestive of any particular faith and does not interfere with most core belief systems.

Typically, the person receiving treatment will lie on a massage table fully clothed (unlike in a traditional massage where the client removes most of their clothing to allow the massage therapist direct access to the skin). The Reiki specialist will use a variety of up to 20 specific hand positions on or near the client to direct their “Chi,” or life energy, freely through their body. The average appointment is 30- to 90- minutes long, and during this time the practitioner uses a very gentle, light touch as they are channeling energy rather than trying to manipulate the body physically.

One can expect to feel deeply relaxed during a session, and come out feeling rejuvenated and restored. Some people have reported falling deeply asleep, or that they feel they are floating, dream-like and introspective. Feeling waves or pulses of energy from the practitioner’s hands is also a common experience described by clients, particularly after a few sessions as the effects of Reiki may be subtle at first, but over time become increasingly profound.

The benefits of both Reiki and massage

Reiki can prove beneficial for most people, as it does not interfere with any other treatments or massage therapies a person may be receiving. It is safe for people of all ages, including children, pregnant women, and the elderly. Reiki is complimentary to conventional medicines and non-invasive. It should not to be used in lieu of medical treatment, but can be enjoyed as part of an overall wellness and self-care practice.

We like to know if you are interested in Reiki and if it’s something we should add to our menu of services. If you’re interested in Reiki, please let us know by emailing us at info@jonricnolensville.com.

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