Energetic Healing - by Migdalia Rodriguez

Updated: May 30

What is Reiki?

Reiki is an ancient healing art that has been around for centuries. The Usui/Tibetan lineage of Reiki was developed in 1922 by Mikao Usui, a Japanese monk.  During his lifetime, he taught over 2,000 people the healing form. The practice spread to the U.S. through Hawaii in the 1940s.

During a Reiki session, a client is fully clothed on a massage table or chair. The practitioner places their hands lightly on or over specific areas of the head, limbs and torso using different hand shapes for 2-5 minutes.  When there’s pain or a specific injury, the hands may be held just above the area. While the practitioner holds hands over the body, there is a transfer of energy. The energy may feel warm and tingly. Each position is held until the practitioner senses the energy has stopped flowing.  Reiki can also be done at a distance.

Improving the flow of energy of the energetic bodies especially the physical can enable relaxation, reduce pain, lead to feeling balanced and reignite the body’s ability to heal itself. Reiki’s impact is so powerful, and it’s become so popular that it is now being offered as part of treatment in healthcare. According to the Center for Reiki Research, it is now being offered in over 75 hospitals or clinics.

What is Shamanic Reiki?

Shamanic Reiki is a healing modality that combines Reiki healing touch with shamanic journeying to guide clients in working through experiences they are challenged by. This modality is a more interactive healing experience that assists clients in exploring and identifying the root causes of distress and can facilitate the release of energetically trapped emotions so they can find peace and live in balance.

During a session, the client can be on a treatment table, laying on a yoga mat or sitting in a comfortable position. The practitioner utilizes shamanic tools to guide the client on a journey to retrieve answers or tools, connect with their spirit guides or higher self and shift energy blocks. While the journey is taking place, the practitioner is also using Reiki healing touch and/or intention to facilitate the healing. Some shamanic tools that can be used are crystals, flowers, stones or oracle cards.

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