Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a gentle therapeutic method for stress reduction, deep relaxation and healing. It is given through the hands of a trained therapist, and can be easily learned by anyone. Over 800 hospitals across the U.S., and many more worldwide, offer Reiki because it enhances all forms of medical treatment, increasing recovery rates. Every year, millions of people in the U.S. receive Reiki treatments. It can be given to one’s self and to others.

reiki_symbolThe word “Reiki” comes from the Japanese ideograms “Rei” (spiritual wisdom) and “Ki” (life force). The meaning of this word is spiritually directed life force energy.

“Ki”, also known as Chi or Qi in Chinese or Prana in Sanskrit, is life energy and is present everywhere. It surrounds and flows within all life, keeping living things alive and healthy. When Ki becomes deficient in a person, which can happen as a result of stress or trauma, he or she becomes susceptible to illness.

Centuries-old and well established methods of health care around the world are based on the cultivation and balancing of Ki. It is a central part of Chinese medicine, including acupuncture. Chi is also practiced in the martial arts, such as Tai Chi, and in many meditative practices, like Pranayama. It is used as a path to enlightenment.

In a Reiki session, the therapist channels Reiki through her body and hands to the person receiving the treatment. The therapist’s hands are placed in positions within a few inches of the recipient’s body. As Reiki circulates, the recipient often experiences a release of tension. This restores balance and stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal itself. During the session, the client remains fully clothed. Reiki is not massage, but can assist massage therapists in their work.

Reiki safely treats the whole person, body, mind, emotion and spirit. People describe it as peaceful, relaxing, nurturing and energizing. Some say that if feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that surrounds and fills them. It provides many benefits, such as reducing pain and anxiety, accelerating recovery from diseases and injuries, clearing the body of toxins, overcoming addictions, assisting in healthy grieving, bringing balance between mind & body, and promoting overall well being. Many experience profound physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing during and after a session.

A research study at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, found that Reiki improved patient sleep by 86%, reduced pain by 78%, reduced nausea by 80%, and reduced anxiety during pregnancy by 94%. Additionally, nurses report that Reiki helps patients heal faster with less pain, reduces stress and improves mental attitude, improves appetite and reduces negative side effects of chemotherapy, radiation and other medical procedures.

Reiki enhances all forms of health care and so is often used in combination with them. There are no known contraindications. Because of the restorative and rejuvenating effects of Reiki, it helps to heal every type of physical, emotional and mental condition, including arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, migraine, gastrointestinal disorders, cardiac problems, cancer, brain trauma, cognitive impairment, anxiety, depression and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).

Beth Wishbow RMT, Reiki Master Teacher & Therapist, provides Reiki treatments and teaches Reiki classes in northern central New Jersey. If you would like to receive a Reiki healing session, select Healing in the menu above to schedule a session. To become a Reiki practitioner, you are welcome to visit the Classes page for information.

“At 32 years old, I fell at work and suffered with back pain for 4 years. Walking was very painful. Within 15 minutes of having Reiki for the first time, I felt relief from the pain. So I decided to have a 1-hour session, and I have been able to control my back pain with monthly Reiki sessions. Reiki was able to take away the debilitating pain in my tailbone that doctors could not determine what was causing it. Beth is a master teacher at Reiki and is a wonderful mentor. I highly recommend her, because Reiki has taken away my back pain and I am able to enjoy a healthy lifestyle again.”

– Alli
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