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What is reiki?

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning spiritually guided life energy, an energy form used as a healing therapy in complementary medicine.

Reiki is a type of spiritual healing used for the treatment of mental, physical, spiritual and emotional ailments.

Reiki involves a patient normally lying down on a massage table (they can even be seated) wearing loose, comfortable clothes where they are asked to relax and close their eyes. The practitioner then places his/her handds on the patient on various parts of their body, although there is a technique which has practitioner using a non-touching technique, where the hands are always a few centimetres above the patients body, for some or all of the reiki positions. The reiki pracititioner usually keeps his/her hands in the same position for about 3-5 minutes, before moving to another position on the body.

The whole body will normally receive reiki healing energy and the whole treatment can last between 45-90 minutes (depending on the healer and healing required).


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Important reiki facts

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Why reiki is important

Reiki is an alternative healing therapy used by complementary health practitioners as a means of healing and re-balancing the body.

The application of reiki healing requires no pressure on the body and sometimes the hands can be held away from the body. The energy is supposed to flow where it is needed and people receiving reiki usually feel warmth and even tingling in the body where they are receiving the reiki. Reiki can be a very relaxing, soothing and enjoyable experience if nothing else.


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Last reviewed: 30 September 2007 || Last updated: 14 March 2010


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NOTE: Mega doses of any type of vitamin, mineral, amino acid or herbal supplement cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of complementary supplements.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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