Most practitioners believe that Reiki has been around for a very long time. The healing touch of Jesus Christ? The enlightening power of Buddha?- I, and many others, believe that this source comes directly from Reiki.
First documented, Usui Reiki was coined by Mikoa Usui- a Japanese Buddhist- in 1922. He received the Reiki energy while fasting for 21 days on Mount Kurama-yama. The practice spread through his chosen students, and then into the West. For more detailed history, see Reiki.org.
WHAT IS IT?
The word reiki comes from the Japanese word “rei,” which means, “God’s wisdom or higher power,” and “ki,” which means, “Life force energy.”
In simplest terms, reiki is a form of hands-on healing. The energy emitted from the practitioner’s hands has several effects: stress relief, relaxation, detoxification, and healing. It is a form of spiritual healing, and the energy itself is said by some to be “love in its purest form.” When applied to the chakras, reiki clears blockages and helps the body to function at a healthy frequency.
While healing will occur as a result of reiki, it is not to be used in place of medical assistance or therapy. It is an additional (or secondary) kind of therapy, meant to supplement other treatments.
Just because reiki is a form of spiritual healing does not mean that the person receiving it needs to be spiritual. The individual receiving reiki simply needs to be open to the power of the energy. Likewise, the practitioner does not necessarily need to be Buddhist, Christian, or follow any conventional religious doctrine.
WHAT TO EXPECT
If you are going to a Usui Reiki session, there is no need to fear! Wear something comfortable and loose. You will relax on a message table while the practitioner applies energy, through hand placement, to each major chakra. The energy will be relaxing: sometimes warm, sometimes cool- whatever sensation your body is most in need of. It is not unusual to fall asleep during a session.
Afterward, your practitioner may ask what you experienced and if any feelings arose during the session. It is important to hydrate following a session, and you may feel light-headed after. Take your time re-centering.