What is Reiki healing?

Reiki is an invisible nonphysical life energy that flows through the body. Reiki healing is the art of balancing and clearing the natural flow of life energy by laying hands on the patient.

Is Reiki a kind of massage?

No. It is different from the massage because the hands are only laid on the patient, there is no pushing, no physical manipulation.

Is Reiki compatible with the religion?

Yes. Reiki is compatible with any religion since it is only about healing.

Is Reiki compatible with common medical treatments?

Yes. Reiki is compatible with any medical treatments. Balancing the energy with Reiki helps people to reduce pain, inflammation and to get better.

How long does the effect of Reiki last?

clip_image004It depends on the condition. It is common for healthy people who are living a stressful life to get Reiki treatments every 3 weeks or so. That helps them to remain healthy and to avoid accumulation of negative energies in their organs. People in critical conditions get Reiki daily to get out of the crisis faster. People with chronic pain get Reiki once or twice a week. Once you are used to receiving Reiki healing and to the healthy energy flow, you gradually learn this healthy state and how to balance your energy yourself.

How long does the treatment take?

A typical treatment takes an hour. People used to Reiki healing can be balanced faster and more efficiently. An initial visit may take 1.5 hours to allow for the mutual introductory discussion.

Does the patient have to lay down?

The treatment can be done in any position –  laying, sitting or standing. Typically Reiki is done on the massage table. Laying down in a protected quite environment helps relaxation and facilitates energy flow. I offer treatments in a Reiki room at my home practice at 129 Cobb Terrace or bring a portable bed to homes. For initial treatments, sitting down is just fine. No special clothing is required although energy is flowing much easier with free natural clothing.

Does the Reiki healer touch sexual organs?

No.

Where do you touch?

If the patient desires so, I do treatment without touching by holding my hand in the air. It is completely all right to do touchless Reiki. Reiki energy can go through the air and through the clothing since it is nonphysical. But typically, the Reiki practice involves touching patients since the touch by a healer has healing properties, the touching adds and aids to the healing.

Why touch can be healing.

Touch is a powerful healing tool since it is an instantaneous two-way communication between the healer and the patient. The power of touch is strongly amplified by the intention of both to heal. In many cultures, touching is commonly used most of the time. People hold hands, hug and express themselves by touching. Modern Western culture lacks touching and that makes people more isolated in every way. Therefore, the touch heals the disbalances caused by loneliness.

How does Reiki work?

The nonphysical (that is not electromagnetic) life energy normally flows through the body from top to bottom. Additional entrances for the energy are in 7 major centers called chakras. The healer places hands over the chakras and an additional Reiki energy is channeled from elsewhere through the healer’s hands to a patient. In the treatment not only the physical body of the healer touches the patient but also their nonphysical ethereal bodies interact. The healer is trained to sense blockages and leakages in patient’s energy flow. This is typically manifested by active energy exchange in the area which feels as heat or tingling or soft air flow by both the healer and the patient. The healer works by placing the hands and moving them to clear the blocked energy passages and to close energy leaks. Often the energy is rebalanced and redistributed from strong areas to week ones. For much disbalanced patients multiple treatments are recommended.

What to expect from the treatment?

A Reiki treatment always brings much relaxation. Although the patients retain the ability to drive, it is not recommended to plan hard work or sports after the treatment until night sleep. For best results, it is recommended to get a sleep soon after the treatment so to strengthen new flow patterns and to restore full protection. Typically healthy people who are used to receive Reiki can retain the beneficial effects of healing for weeks. Like a talented gardener, they know how to keep their garden in good health. Those who are under stress may lose the balance sooner and may need more healing sooner.

How does Reiki heal pain?

Reiki is very efficient in healing pains that come from all kinds of disbalances: headaches, arthritis, neural inflammation, swelling, itches, aches and such. By restoring natural energy flow in ethereal body, the healer helps overall better supply of energy to the whole body and to the sick organs. By sending Reiki energy directly to painful areas the healer is often able to heal the pain and to reduce the inflammation.

Not all the illnesses can be healed.

Some illnesses have strong physical manifestation such as physical wounds or cavities in teeth. Such illnesses are called organic implying that there is a discrete physical damage in a specific organ. These are to be treated by conventional medicine first – the bones to be aligned and immobilized by a cast, tooth cavities are to be filled. Reiki can only accelerate the healing process after the physical problem is treated physically.

Therefore Reiki is not a replacement for conventional medicine in illnesses where conventional medicine performs well. Reiki serves best in such conditions where conventional medicine has little to offer – in staying healthy, in chronic pain and inflammation conditions, in relieving stress, in relieving pain that has no particular location but travels throughout the body as if looking for a place to settle. In short, Reiki is to be used as a complement to conventional medicine to restore the balance and improve the overall energy of the body.

Does the Reiki healer have a way to diagnose the illness?

Unlike conventional medicine or traditional Chinese medicine Reiki lacks many tools of diagnosis. Therefore it is not to be expected to get a detailed diagnosis from a Reiki healer. But nonetheless Reiki method includes two powerful ways of diagnosis: first, Reiki healer while laying hands at different locations on the body feels energy blockages and leaks. Sometimes negative energy feels very strongly by healer’s hands. These energy disbalances are treated by balancing and closing the leaks, so typically both the patient and the healer are able to feel the improvement by the end of the session.

Secondly, by working on the patient energies, the healer is coming in an intimate contact with the patient on a soul level and can receive important insights into the nature of illness and ways to heal it directly from the patients soul.

How is it possible for physical hands to feel and manipulate the non physical energy?

Physical hands don’t manipulate nonphysical energy. These are hands of etheric body of the healer that interact with the energy flow in thee etheric body of the patient. The etheric body typically is tightly linked to the physical body through the vibrations in their DNA and other molecular structures.

Can Reiki be harmful to the patient?

In principle it is possible but unlikely since Reiki is much more happy and positive therapy than many others. It doesn’t have side effects of drugs or surgery. It is all about restoring the balance in the energy flow and restoring the balance is always good for health. Since Reiki makes the patient more relaxed and open it is recommended to avoid hard work, television and sports until night sleep which restores full energy protection. Sometimes, Reiki improves health by releasing toxins from the body, often excessive fat tissue starts shrinking. This may be accompanied by temporary fever and accelerated discharge of toxins from the body. These expressions are light and temporary and serve to improve overall health. As with any other methods, people gradually learn how to benefit from Reiki most and allow for rest after the treatment.

Can Reiki deplete or harm the healer?

Typically no. Typically, the therapy is beneficial for both the healer and the patient. The energy for the healing comes from a higher source and not from the healer. The healer only provides hands, intention and experience to the process and Reiki energy is coming from the higher source. It is very gratifying to perform a Reiki healing.

Can Reiki heal a karmic illness?

Karmic illnesses are the ones that are chosen by the soul prior to incarnation for learning spiritual lessons. Therefore it is inappropriate for the healer to devoid the soul from the lesson it chose. If a healer treats such an illness, typically the good effect of the treatment goes away fast. Therefore I include a spiritual consultation in my therapy. Together with patients, we analyze the potential karmic reasons for their illnesses and which lessons they might learn from the illnesses. I help my patients to understand that the illnesses will go away as soon as they served their karmic purpose and the lesson is learned.

By Max Steinberg

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