Reiki, like acupuncture, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong, alters the flow of energy in and around the body. A Reiki session is believed to facilitate relaxation, improve sleep, reduce anxiety and fatigue.
Reiki is also in high demand. According to Everyday Health, “[Reiki] is practiced by nurses and others at hundreds of hospitals and health centers across the country. It’s offered, for example, at renowned hospitals such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in New York City, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, in Boston, and is a service provided at the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Rhode Island Hospital, in Providence.”
One of the unique aspects of Reiki is it has its own wisdom. Reiki knows where to go and how to heal on its own. It can promote healing on several levels; physical, mental and spiritual. This trifecta of healing provides people with an overall sense of peace and serenity.
A Reiki session does not require manipulation of bones or muscles. During a Reiki therapy session, the client remains fully clothed. The practitioner works from head to toe, laying hands on or over the body. Reiki energy flows through the practitioner's hands to the client. The client may feel warmth from the practitioner's hands and will feel a deep sense of relaxation throughout the body.
It is not uncommon for many who have benefited from Reiki to want to practice it themselves. Through a process called attunement a Reiki master can pass on the ability to perform Reiki to a student.