An Overview of Reiki

Both Reiki and massage therapy are elements of a healthy wellness routine and can provide benefits to the body, calm the mind, and soothe the soul. Reiki might be a great option for you if you want to feel an overall sense of balance and peace, or if you are trying to heal from an illness or other medical condition, Reiki can also add value to and enhance the benefits of massage therapy.


What is Reiki? 

Reiki is a Japanese technique that helps to reduce stress, increase relaxation, and promote healing. Reiki is based on an ancient idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through everyone. This energy is the basis for life and we feel best when the energy is high. At times when the energy is low, it is easier to get sick or feel stressed. 


Reiki is a form of spiritual healing and self-improvement that can be used by anyone. People have used Reiki to help a wide variety of illnesses with a great amount of success. However, Reiki should not be considered a cure for any physical or mental health issue. It should be used in conjunction with medical and/or therapeutic treatments to relieve side effects and promote recovery. 


How Does Reiki Relate to Massage?

Reiki and massage can work hand-in-hand to provide even more benefits to recipients. Some massage therapists incorporate Reiki into deep tissue massages to deeply penetrate tissues with healing energy. In addition, almost all therapists use it at the conclusion of a session in order to give clients an added sense of dimension and wellbeing. Reiki can further benefit clients by providing a less taxing physical experience that requires less pressure and strenuous touching.


What are the Benefits of Reiki? 

Reiki is known to relieve pain, anxiety, and fatigue. Reiki can also treat the effects of depression, boost your mood, improve certain medical conditions, and enhance your overall quality of life. Other benefits of Reiki treatments include: 

  • Promotes harmony and balance. 

  • Helps to release stress and tension. 

  • Dissolves energy blocks between the mind, body, and spirit. 

  • Helps the body release toxins. 

  • Supports the immune system. 

  • Helps with mental focus. 

  • Helps you feel grounded and centered. 

  • Aids in sleep. 

  • Accelerates physical healing. 

  • Helps with spiritual growth and emotional cleansing. 

  • Complements physical treatments and therapies — such as massage therapy. 


What to Expect from Reiki Treatments? 

  • For the most part, there will be no physical touching during a Reiki session. The practitioner’s hands will hover a few inches from your body. However, if you choose, the Reiki practitioner will employ light static touching that provides gentle pressure to your body. 

  • Most likely, you will feel relaxed and peaceful during the session. In fact, many people fall asleep during their sessions. 

  • Generally, there is no speaking during a Reiki session. Your practitioner may play soft and soothing music in the background. However, if you have any issues or concerns, simply discuss them with your practitioner. These may be anything from a simple question about the practice to informing the practitioner that you are feeling any discomfort or pain. 

  • During your Reiki session, you might feel a slight tingling or heat sensation. You may also feel a sense of peace and calm. 


Who Benefits from Reiki? 

Anyone who is interested and participates in a Reiki session may experience some of its many benefits. However, Reiki may be particularly beneficial for: 

  • Those with chronic conditions. 

  • Those recovering from illnesses. 

  • Those who are dealing with physical pain issues. 

  • Those who are looking to have an improved spiritual outlook on life. 


If you’re looking for a massage with the added benefits of Reiki, schedule an appointment with Ann today.