How Reiki Complements Massage and Chiropractic Treatments
“Reiki” is rapidly becoming a buzzword in mainstream circles, and the practice is even gaining recognition in clinical settings.
what is it?
Reiki often falls under the “energy medicine” umbrella, but its practice and origin are anything but vague. This relatively-new japanese healing art was founded circa 1920 by Mikao Usui, who reportedly based his works on wisdom gained through an enlightening 21-day solo meditation session. It’s assumed that Usui also found inspiration via ancient, ageless methods of healing, as Reiki is often considered to be a “rediscovered” modality.
Practitioners are trained via initiation, and each line can be traced all the way back to the master founder. Once initiated by an attuned master, the healing method can be taught and practiced at will.
how does it work?
A typical Reiki session involves a relaxed atmosphere, similar to massage. Clients are always fully-clothed, and are typically led to lie down. Practitioners lightly place their hands on or above various locations throughout the body, focusing on the 7 chakras (or energy centers). Treatments and techniques may vary, as Reiki involves using intuition to help guide the treatment.
Reiki can complement massage and chiropractic treatments as a limited-contact, non-invasive form of relaxation therapy. In fact, many massage therapists are also attuned Reiki practitioners, as the practice is growing in awareness and becoming a popularly-requested supplementary treatment.
While chiropractic adjustments are typically delivered quickly, Reiki medicine offers a more relaxed and slow-moving approach. Chiro/Reiki practitioner, Dr. Danielle Cornelius explains, “Chiropractic works at the very obvious physical level (i.e., a rib joint is slightly out of place and it hurts!). Reiki works on a more subtle, energetic level that is less obvious.”
what does reiki treat?
According to the International Center for Reiki Training, Reiki can:
Aid in detoxification
Balance the body (mind, emotions, and spirit)
Help clients learn self-healing
Clients typically opt for Reiki, alongside other healing modalities, to treat:
In essence, Reiki can aid in the recovery of any ailment and disease, especially when combined with traditional methods of treatment.
“When a Reiki practitioner places their hands on the body of a client, an energetic healing connection is established, usually bringing a profound sense of calm and ease to the body. Reiki will flow where the body needs it and causes no harm. At minimum, it will help to decrease stress levels. Our bodies need to be in ‘rest and digest mode’ (vs ‘fight or flight’) in order to heal.”