Reiki Treatment: A Balancing Act

Reiki practiceReiki treatment is balancing to your entire system. That’s important, because imbalance and suffering occur on any and all levels—body, mind, and spirit—and conventional medicine alone doesn’t help equally in all those areas.

When asked how Reiki treatment helped people heal, Hawayo Takata* famously said, “Remove the cause and you will remove the effect.” The underlying cause of illness—such as an immune weakness that leaves one vulnerable to infection—is always some type of imbalance. While that imbalance might be too subtle to appear as pathology on your doctor’s tests, it can still be addressed by Reiki practice.

Reiki is balancing

Reiki treatment restores balance to the whole system by optimizing the system’s own self-healing mechanisms. Although there is much that we do not know about precisely how this happens (the mechanism of action), research data suggest that Reiki treatment increases parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) tone.

You may be more familiar with the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and its fight-or-flight stress response. The rest-and-digest function of the PNS is how the body balances the stress response—at least that’s what happens when the body is healthy and resilient.

The problem is that the farther you get from your health and wellness—from a balanced state—the less able your body is to self-correct. Your body can get lost when it passes a stress threshold; it “forgets” how to flip that internal switch that shifts SNS to PNS dominance.

The stress response escalates, sometimes to the point of collapse. But collapse doesn’t necessarily restore balance. Your body can be exhausted and still stressed, like a toddler awake long past her bedtime, unable to fall asleep without parental soothing.

That’s where Reiki treatment comes in handy (sorry, couldn’t resist)—for both toddlers and parents, and those times when we have to parent ourselves.

Reminding the body of what it knows best

Reiki treatment reminds your body of what it already knows, its own self-healing competence. And although more research is needed, the results of a program evaluation from hospital out-patient Reiki classes suggest that’s just as true for self-treatment as for treatment received from others.

Having a basic understanding of the mechanics—or even a plausible model—helps people appreciate how practical Reiki treatment is. It helps to demystify Reiki practice, and make it more accessible.

And accessible it is. If you are Reiki-trained, your practice is waiting for you right at the end of your arm, any time of the day or night. Many find Reiki self practice to be as much of an uplift during an afternoon slump as a cup or coffee, without the crash. And because balance means different things at different times, practicing self Reiki if you awaken during the night can lull you right back to restorative sleep.

If you are not yet Reiki-trained, but would like to self practice, Reiki Classes: What’s Right for You will help you take the next step. There are no standards for Reiki practice and wide variation among Reiki professionals, and that article will help you be an informed consumer. If you want more detail, my book REIKI: A Comprehensive Guide has an entire chapter devoted to each level of practice. I offer in-person Reiki classes in New York City and teach small group, live, interactive Reiki Self Care in a videoconference format.

So why aren’t you practicing Reiki self-treatment?

*Hawayo Takata learned Reiki practice in Japan and brought the practice to Hawaii in 1937 with her Reiki master, Chujiro Hayashi, who was a direct student of the founder of the Reiki lineage, Mikao Usui.


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2 thoughts on “Reiki Treatment: A Balancing Act”

  1. Don, I don’t see how your comment is either simple or relevant to Reiki practice.

    Reiki practice is a distinct nondenominational practice started by Mikao Usui. Reiki practice is not connected to any religion, nor to any religious beliefs. No one has to believe in God to practice or receive Reiki, any more than they have to believe in God to meditate.

    My concern is that readers who are new to Reiki might be confused by your comment. People can certainly mix their own Reiki practice with whatever they value, but the add-ons do not become part of the essential practice.

  2. This is as simple as it can get really… From the teachings of Ernest Holmes.
    Come and Let me Heal You
    Come and I will Heal you,
    The inner power of Life within me is God,
    And God has all power.
    I will heal and help all who come to me.
    I know that the realization of Life and Love within me heals all who come into Its presence.
    I silently bless all who enter my atmosphere.
    It is noy I but the Father Who dwelleth in me,
    He doeth the works.
    I heal all who come near me.

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