Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that is said to also promote the healing and healing of the body. Reiki is a form of alternative therapy commonly known as energy healing. It emerged in Japan at the end of the 19th century and is based on the belief that the practitioner has the ability to transfer universal energy from the palms of his hands to the patient’s body.
If a person’s “life energy” is low, according to the Reiki tradition, we are more likely to become ill or to feel stress. Conversely, if the amount of energy is high the person is more capable of being happy and healthy.
What does the word Reiki mean?
The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese words:
- Rei which means “Wisdom of God or Wisdom of Higher Power”.
- Ki which is “life force energy”.
So Reiki means actually “spiritually guided life force energy”.
How does a Reiki session work?
A Reiki session should preferably be practised in a calm environment, but can be carried out anywhere. The patient sits in a comfortable chair or lies down on a table, fully clothed. There may or may not be music, depending on the patient’s preference.
The Reiki Master places his or her hands lightly on or over specific areas of the head, limbs and torso using what are called “hand shapes”, for a period of time ranging from 2 to 5 minutes. The hands can be placed on 20 different areas of the body.
While the master holds his hands slightly above or on the body, the transfer of energy takes place. Each hand position is maintained until the practitioner feels that the energy has stopped flowing: when the teacher feels that the heat/energy in his/her hands has diminished, he/she will remove them from that area and place them on a different area of the body. A Reiki session can last from 15 minutes to an hour and a half.
Reiki is derived to other types of experiences such as tantric massage, whose purpose focused on a more pleasant experience can derive in its two aspects of completion. Both aspects are the lingam massage and the yoni massage, whose experience is derived from that energy.
Does Reiki have anything to do with any religion?
Although Reiki is spiritual in nature it is not considered (nor does it consider itself) a religion. It does not have any dogma and there is nothing that a master or patient has to believe in in order to learn Reiki or enjoy a Reiki session.
However, although Reiki is not a religion, it is important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with oneself and others.
Do you offer Reiki sessions at Santai?
We do not offer Reiki sessions as such, but we do start all our massages with a strong emphasis on communication and relaxation/meditation exercises similar to Reiki, to ensure that our clients are relaxed, comfortable and have a full experience.