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What is Reiki?

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A Reiki practitioner puts her hands on or just above your body and tries to transfer healing energy to it. This Japanese practice is used all over the world as a natural way to relieve pain and stress. But there's not much research on it.

There's no typical Reiki session. You sit in a chair or lie down on a treatment table with clothes on. The practitioner will place her hands lightly on or just above your head and torso. If you have an injury or scar on one of your arms or legs, she may touch that, too. You shouldn't feel any pressure or discomfort.

During a session, some people get very relaxed and even fall asleep. You may feel gentle pulsing where the practitioner places her hands. Or you may not notice anything.

From: What Is Reiki? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of Minnesota: "Where Does Reiki Come From?" "How Does Reiki Work?" "How Can Reiki Help Me?" "How Can I Find a Qualified Reiki Practitioner?" "What Can I Expect in a Typical Reiki Session?"

Alternative Therapies : "Reiki -- Review of a Biofield Therapy: History, Theory, Practice and Research."

Mayo Clinic/Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center: "9 Facts About Reiki."

Cancer Prevention & Control : "Using Reiki to manage pain: a preliminary report."

The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care : "The effects of Reiki therapy on pain and anxiety in patients attending a day oncology and infusion services unit."

International Association of Reiki Professionals: "Reiki for Depression."

Johns Hopkins Medicine/Integrated Medicine and Digestive Center: "Reiki."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Reiki: In Depth."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 27, 2019

SOURCES:

University of Minnesota: "Where Does Reiki Come From?" "How Does Reiki Work?" "How Can Reiki Help Me?" "How Can I Find a Qualified Reiki Practitioner?" "What Can I Expect in a Typical Reiki Session?"

Alternative Therapies : "Reiki -- Review of a Biofield Therapy: History, Theory, Practice and Research."

Mayo Clinic/Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center: "9 Facts About Reiki."

Cancer Prevention & Control : "Using Reiki to manage pain: a preliminary report."

The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care : "The effects of Reiki therapy on pain and anxiety in patients attending a day oncology and infusion services unit."

International Association of Reiki Professionals: "Reiki for Depression."

Johns Hopkins Medicine/Integrated Medicine and Digestive Center: "Reiki."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Reiki: In Depth."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 27, 2019

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