Reiki is a form of energy medicine re-introduced into the world by a Japanese man named Mikao Usui early in the 20th century. “Rei-ki” (pronounced “RAY-kee) is a Japanese term which means Universal Qi or Universal Energy. A Reiki practitioner focuses the Universal Energy Field through the lens of compassion, bringing ki/qi/energy into their bodies through the crown and down into the heart, out of the palms and to the client.
Reiki can be hands-on or, if the client is not comfortable with physical touch, at a distance from the body. The effects are the same. Reiki can be combined with other forms of therapy such as acupuncture, massage, conventional medicine, etc.
At the most fundamental and obvious level, Reiki takes the body out of stress mode and shifts the biochemistry so that the parasympathetic nervous system functions dominate. This shift enables the body’s healing system, promotes healthy digestive function, and calms the mind, resulting in clearer perspective, better mental function, and better overall health. This is especially important for people with constant/long-term stress.
Some facts about Reiki:
- Reiki is safe for all conditions and is not contraindicated for any known disease or condition.
- Reiki is safe for kids and infants, as well as for pregnant women.
- Reiki is not a religion, nor is it attached to any religious system.
- Reiki is used in hospitals and is taught in nursing, medical schools, and universities.
The University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing publishes a series of articles about the efficacy of Reiki.
- A research project at Hartford Hospital in Hartford CT concludes that patients receiving Reiki sleep better, have less pain, and significantly less anxiety.
Qigong is composed of two Chinese words: Qi and Gong. In Chinese it looks like the glyph on the right. The character is broken up into two pieces: the characters for steam and rice. Steam refers to the steam of the breath, not like in a steam powered locomotive. Rice is the staple of the Chinese diet and represents life, fertility, and abundance. When you put those concepts together, qi then an abundance of life energy, also referred to the universal energy field or human energy field. The second part of the term, the “gong” part, means ‘to cultivate.’ So the final product is cultivating and refining that universal energy that flows through all things.
An individual can practice qigong themselves to cultivate their own qi. This type of qigong is also referred to as internal qigong. Qigong can also be external, which means it is practiced by a healthcare provider who can then channel this life-force energy to the client to shift their energy and biochemistry. Medical qigong, this external form of qi cultivation, uses the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture to treat a wide variety of difficult, stubborn, and life-threatening conditions that do not respond to other forms of therapy. It is very suitable for children, the elderly, people in very poor health, and clients who are highly sensitive.