What Is Reiki And How Does It Work
is a Japanese form of healing that is becoming increasingly popular worldwide.
that an unseen energy flows through all living things and is connected directly
to the quality of health has been part of the wisdom of many cultures since
of this "life force energy" has been verified by recent scientific
experiments, and medical doctors are considering the role it plays in the
functioning of the immune system and the healing process
(pronounced Ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy, that is in and
around everything. Reiki affects all levels of body, mind, and spirit. Reiki
accelerates the body's natural ability to heal and opens the mind and spirit to
the cause of disease, disharmony, and pain.
Reiki unique is that it incorporates elements of just about every other
alternative healing practices such as spiritual healing, auras, crystals,
chakra balancing, meditation, aromatherapy, naturopathy, and homeopathy.
involves the transfer of energy from practitioner to patient to enhance the
body's natural ability to heal itself through the balancing of energy. Reiki
utilizes specific techniques for restoring and balancing the natural life force
energy within the body. It is a holistic, natural, hands-on energy healing
system that touches on all levels: body, mind, and spirit.
the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit and creates many
beneficial effects including relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and
well-being. In its long history of use Reiki has aided in healing virtually
every known illness and injury. Reiki
is always beneficial and works to improve the effectiveness of all other types
What is shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork. The word shiatsu
means "finger pressure", and shiatsu is sometimes described as a
finger pressure massage.
How does shiatsu work?
Like acupuncture, shiatsu is based on the holistic system
of traditional Chinese medicine, where illness is thought to result from
imbalances in the natural flow of energy, or qi (pronounced "chee")
through the body.
Shiatsu therapists use finger and palm pressure to energetic pathways, called meridians
to improve the flow of qi.
A scientific explanation is that shiatsu calms an overactive sympathetic
nervous system, which improves circulation, relieves stiff muscles, and
What does shiatsu feel like?
The shiatsu therapist applies pressure using his or her
fingers, thumbs, and/or palms in a continuous rhythmic sequence.
The pressure feels more localized, because unlike other types of massage, the
finger pads are used to apply pressure for most of the treatment instead of the
Certain pressure points may feel tender, which some people describe it as
If you feel any discomfort or pain during the treatment, tell your therapist
and he or she will adjust the pressure so that it is comfortable to you.
Most people say shiatsu is as relaxing as a classic forms of massage therapy.
What should I expect during my visit?
The treatment is done on a low massage table or on the
Unlike other forms of massage, with shiatsu no massage oil is applied, so you
remain fully clothed during the treatment. You may be asked to bring
comfortable clothing to wear.
What conditions is shiatsu used for?
Neck and shoulder pain
Recovery from injuries
Shiatsu is not recommended for certain
infectious skin disease,
rash, or open wounds
immediately after surgery
chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
people with osteoporosis
should consult their doctor before having shiatsu
prone to blood clots.
There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease,
check with your doctor before having shiatsu
pregnant women should
check with their doctor first if they are considering getting any type of
massage or bodywork. Shiatsu in pregnant women should be done by massage
therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.
shiatsu should not be
done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal
hernia, or areas of recent fractures.
· don’t eat a heavy meal before
· if it's your first time at the clinic or spa,
arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the necessary forms. Otherwise,
arrive 5 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before
starting the shiatsu.