Reiki practitioners channel energy in a particular pattern to heal and harmonize.
Unlike other healing therapies based on the premise of a human energy field, Reiki seeks
to restore order to the body whose vital energy has become unbalanced.
Reiki energy has several basic effects: it brings about deep relaxation, destroys
energy blockages, detoxifies the system, provides new vitality in the form of healing
universal life energy, and increases the vibrational frequency of the body.
The laying of hands is used in Reiki therapy also as in spiritual healing. There is a
difference though. In spiritual healing, a person with a strong energy field places
his or her
hands above a particular part of the recipient's body in order to release energy into it.
So, here the healer is the one who is sending out the energy. In Reiki, however, the
healer places the hands above the recipient; however, it is the recipient that draws the energy
as needed. Thus, in this case, the individual being healed takes an active part
in the healing process as opposed to having a passive
part in spiritual healing. The individual takes responsibility for his or her healing. The
recipient identifies the needs and cater to them by drawing energy as needed.
Although there are a few positions in which the practitioner is in contact with the
patient (such as cradling the head), most Reiki treatments do not involve actual touching.
The practitioner holds his or her hands a few inches or farther away from the patient's
body and manipulates the energy field from there.