BODY REPAIR -  By Karen Lien - Cert. Massage & Myoskeletal Alignment Therapist
Karen Lien, Certified Reiki Master/Instructor

     About Reiki
          What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese word that means universal life force energy.  It is pronouced "RAY-key."  It is a gentle method of hands-on healing that uses energy which is often referred to as ki in Japan, chi in China, or prana in India.  Reiki is based on the teachings of Dr. Mikao Usui who practiced and taught these healing techniques in Japan in the early twentieth century.
It is not massage, hypnosis, or a way of diagnosing illness.  It is also not a part of any religion.  Reiki addresses both chronic and acute conditions promoting balance among all of the body's systems and regenerative processes of body and mind.
Reiki is offered in many health care facilities as a healing tool, to reduce pain, anxiety/stress, and increase healing.
One study among many has reported improvement in immune and nervous system function along with increased mobility in patients with conditions such as lupus, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis.
Personally, I have seen it work both physically and emotionally with my clients.  Many of our physical ailments do start on the emotional level.  The responses I have received from my clients are always amazing.
It is quite often that during a Reiki session,  the practitioner's hands will get very hot.  This is because as the energy creates changes, molecules are moving which creates heat.  For this reason in some areas you will feel this heat and in others you will not.  Ask your practitioner what they felt.  Share your experiences with them.  Together you may discover insights about your healing process.
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