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The Usui System of Reiki
"Reiki" (ray - key) is a Japanese word
meaning "universal life energy," the energy found in all things. The
Usui System of Reiki Healing, or Usui Shiki Ryoho, applies this energy through
gentle touch for the purpose of healing.
Among the many thousands of Reiki students all over the
world, most will agree that "universal life energy" is only a minimal
description of Reiki's extraordinary force. In her early diary, Hawayo Takata,
the woman who brought the Usui System of Reiki out of
Is Reiki Supposed To Do?
The Usui System of Reiki can be a personal tool for
healing and growth, a way to give energy to family and friends, or a gentle
complementary therapy in holistic medicine.
A Reiki treatment supports the whole person —
physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. It is simple to learn and can
be applied in a clinical setting, given as self-treatments, or used as a "home
remedy" to enhance health and emotional well-being.
When a Reiki practitioner places his/her hands on an
area of their own or a client's clothed body, Reiki flows through the
practitioner into the client. This transfer may be felt as any type of sensation—heat,
cold, vibration, tingling, unusual heaviness, or sometimes as no sensation at
all. A full Reiki treatment takes about 60 to 90 minutes.
Reiki has specifically been documented to relax muscles,
still the mind, and ease pain. Hands-on treatment has been scientifically proven
to accelerate healing. Many health
professionals are effectively incorporating the use of Reiki into their
Those who learn Reiki find that it can be successfully
administered very simply in all kinds of settings: home, clinic, hospital, or
any place where people experience stressed muscles, accidents, exhaustion, or
personal trauma. Many programs have been created for AIDS patients, victims of
war, and hospice care settings, to name a few.
On the physical level, Reiki can bring relaxation to
stressed muscles, decrease pain, accelerate the healing time of bones and wounds,
diminish the tissue involvement of burns and bruises, and much more.
On a mental and emotional level, anxiety is reduced, a
sense of well-being is increased and another level of relaxation can be felt. At
this degree of deep relaxation, a rebalancing of energies can occur and the
natural healing ability of the body is enhanced.
On a spiritual level, people have stated they feel
revitalized and newly awakened after a full-body session. This is even more so
after learning to do Reiki yourself.
Does the Usui System of Reiki Healing Come From?
The Usui System of Reiki is named after its founder,
Dr. Mikao Usui. Relying on an oral history, we know that Dr. Usui was an
Usui's work continued in pre-war
The Usui System of Reiki Healing has spread through an
oral tradition of teaching, sharing information, and exchanging treatments.
Reiki is not something that can be learned by reading a book—it is something
to experience by receiving a treatment, taking a class, and talking with Reiki
practitioners, students, and masters.