Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction, relaxation and healing. This modality is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy flows through us and gives us life. If this energy is low, or blocked, then we are more likely to feel stressed or ill. When this energy flow is increased and blockages removed, we feel more positive and healthy.
A Reiki treatment helps to identify and remove blockages and improve this energy flow. A treatment is given fully clothed, most often while laying on a massage table. It can also be given while seated, or sent from a distance. The act of receiving a Reiki treatment can be very soothing and relaxing, if for no other reason than we are being still for an hour.
Everyone can benefit from Reiki therapy. For people who have suffered from physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, or physical trauma that leaves them unable to tolerate touch, since Reiki can be done without physical touch, it is an ideal way to begin to introduce healing and perhaps work up to feeling safer with the idea of being touched. In some cases, clients eventually feel comfortable enough to try massage.
Reiki is also wonderful for hospital, nursing home, and hospice care situations, where patients may be too fragile for massage, but benefit greatly from this gentle therapy. For many people, just the act of touch, physical contact with another human being has healing, soothing benefits.
If you have never tried Reiki, I can add a few minutes of it to the end of your massage and give you a feel for what a full treatment would be like.