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The Gentle Power of Reiki

Updated: Sep 7, 2022

Reiki is a Japanese technique that uses gentle touch energy to balance the body and mind. Japanese words rei, meaning “universal,” and ki refers to the vital life force energy that flows through all living things. Reiki comes from the idea that health flows through and around an individual. Rather than the body's physical condition, energy is why the body functions a particular way. Blockage of energy flow results in pain or illness. Since Reiki believes the energy flow affects the physical body's function, there is a strong mind-body connection through the nervous system. Responding to thoughts or feelings can affect “ki” or the energy. Since the idea of health comes through and around an individual, it has become very popular over the last decade due to its ability to promote healing and relaxation. It is a safe, non-invasive technique that involves hands-on energy-based healing. Reiki can be practiced on everyone and any living thing regardless of age or state of health, humans or animals!

History of Reiki

Understanding Usui Reiki and its history are essential as it gives the foundation of Reiki, making it easier for us to connect with its essence. It is recognized that Mikao Usui, also known as Usui Sensei, was the creator of Reiki which was developed in Japan during the 1920’s. He believed that stress and illness could be relieved by applying light pressure to specific points on the body. Before Usui Sensei, the styles of Reiki were Reikan Tonetsu Ryoho (created by Reikaku Ishinuki), Senshinryu Reiki Ryoho (created by Kogetsu Matsubara), and Seido Reishojutsu (created by Reisen Oyama). From these styles of spiritual healing techniques, Usui Sensei had his mystical experience on Kurama Yama in which he was given the Reiki energy, and from this developed his style of Reiki, which he called Usui Reiki Ryoho. Reiki Ryoho grew in popularity over the other forms of Reiki, especially the condition of Japan after World War II and Hawaya Takata bringing Reiki to the west. The Usui Memorial Stone honors the history of Usui Reiki. Dating back to 1927, this memorial in Tokyo, Japan in memory of the founder of the Usui Reiki healing system, Mikao Usui Sensei. Juzaburo wrote the inscription on the Usui Memorial Stone, a student of Usui Sensai and teacher of his Reiki practice. The practice was later adapted into Western medicine, known as therapeutic touch. Today, Reiki is practiced around the globe. It’s best known to promote relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote a sense of positive well-being.

Reiki Treatments

Although it’s beneficial to complement other traditional care, it is not an alternative to medical treatment. Studies have shown Reiki has directly influenced the feeling of peace, relaxation, security, and wellness. This promotes many benefits to improve health and well-being.

Benefits of Reiki

  • Attain a meditative state

  • Naturally promote self-heling

  • Relieve pain and tension

  • Stimulate immune system

  • Promote tissue and bone healing

Reiki treatment is an excellent complement to traditional medicine or other therapeutic treatments. It can help support the well-being of people receiving traditional medical treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, or kidney dialysis. Individuals with conditions or diseases such as cancer, infertility, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain, stress-related illnesses, depression, anxiety, digestive problems, and more can use Reiki to help heal and reduce side effects, discomfort, or pain. In addition to helping a body heal and recover, Reiki is also a great way to help prepare for surgery. Reiki sessions before surgery can boost the recovery process, allowing a speedy recovery.

What Should You Expect from a Reiki Session?

Reiki is different from other touch therapies such as massage. Unlike other touch therapies, there is no pressure or manipulation of the body with Reiki. During a Reiki session, patients lay comfortably on a massage table, fully clothed. The Reiki practitioner hovers hands or gently places palms on energy locations of the body. Practitioners often use a series of 12 to 15 hand positions on different energy points. Reiki sessions usually are about 50 minutes long. Responses to Reiki vary from person to person and session to session. The common reaction for many is a deep feeling of relaxation; others feel warmth, cold, and tingling. Many people come in wanting to relieve their anxiety, and Reiki helps focus one’s attention so they can release tension, emotions, and stress in the body’s muscles.

Reiki techniques firsthand will give a better understanding than solely reading about the healing system. Reiki Euphoria can help bring reiki benefits into your life. To learn more about Reiki, contact us. We’d love to help guide you through your healing journey. Reiki Euphoria is based out of Rochester, MI. We offer sessions at our location in Rochester and virtual sessions. Our services include private sessions, animal sessions, and training sessions. All of our sessions can be done in-person or virtually. We would provide the best guidance and would be honored to be part of your healing journey. For more information, visit us at

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