It is very likely that you've already heard about Reiki, this technique has been here for over 100 years, but do you actually know what it is?
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing and maintaining wellbeing. The most common form of Reiki practiced today was created by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and it's also known as Usui Reiki.
Reiki believes in channeling and transmitting life energy through the hands. In this way, it is believed that a state of balance is obtained in all senses.
This technique does not cure the disease itself, instead acts deeply on the root of the problem, healing those emotions or behavior patterns that have originated the disease, regardless of the nature of the disease.
Reiki channels and transmits life energy
A reiki session can last approximately 30 to 45 minutes, although this will depend on your state or moment.
What are the supposed benefits of Reiki?
- Emotional: balances emotions to treat anxiety, sadness or aggression
- Mental: heals harmful habits, obsessive-compulsive behaviors and stress
- Physical: improves physical ailments
- Spiritual: provides peace and inner balance with nature
Since Reiki is not regulated in the West, it relies heavily on testimonies. Many people report leaving sessions feeling calm and balanced.
What about scientific evidence?
Reiki is a spiritual practice and some argue that as such, it cannot be validated by modern medicine. There have not been any substantial tests, but a few studies that met scientific standards showed some positive results in the treatment of stress, depression and anxiety, although the possible influence of the placebo effect has not been not studied.
If you do decide to try it yourself, keep realistic and never substitute approved therapies for any alternative treatments.
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