Understanding Reiki Massage: The Laying On Of Hands

Posted on: 19 January 2015

If you love getting a massage, you have probably heard all about the various types available. Even though you may have heard the names, you may not know exactly what they are. Reiki is a type of massage hailing from Japan, which uses the hands to engage with a type of energy called "life force energy." This guide explains what this energy is, what your treatment consists of and what ailments Reiki is good for.

What is Reiki Energy?

Those who practice Reiki massage, and those who receive the treatments, believe that supernatural positive energy comes from above and flows through the massage therapist's hands. The energy then flows out of the hands and into the recipient's body.

What is Reiki Treatment Like?

Expect to spend anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes for a Reiki massage treatment. Unlike other massage therapies, where you disrobe, a Reiki treatment allows you to remain fully clothed.

Once you lay down on the table, the Reiki massage therapist places their hands over your body in a series of positions. Some therapists will place their hands on you, while others don't touch you at all. Instead, the therapist simply places their hands over you, allowing the energy to flow into your body.

Expect the practitioner to place their hands on or near your stomach, head, shoulders and feet. If there are specific areas that are particularly bothersome, the therapist will use a series of hand positions in those areas as well.

Even though most people lay on the massage table, you can choose to sit or stand during the treatment.

What Are Reiki Treatments Good For?

Therapists use Reiki to treat many ailments. Some of them include:

  • common colds
  • flu
  • bee stings
  • stomach aches
  • headaches
  • anxiety

Just as regular massage can help rid the body of toxins, Reiki treatments do as well by helping with the following:

  • chemotherapy side effects
  • medication side effects
  • post-operative pain

Reiki is not a replacement for medical treatment from a physician and/or medications. Those who practice this type of massage use it in conjunction with what the doctor prescribes.

Ask your massage therapist if they know how to perform a Reiki massage. Schedule an appointment with them to go over all your aches and pains, as well as your complete health history to see if the therapist believes that Reiki will help. Share this with others who have heard of Reiki but may be a little confused on exactly what it is and how it works. To learn more, contact a company like Inner Beauty Concepts with any questions you have.