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What is Energy (and Energywork)?
Everything around us is energy. Atoms, molecules, light, sound and color all have measurable frequencies and all interact with one another. Our bodies produce a type of energy which can be scientifically measured, and our brains produce an electrical frequency all of which can be measured through electroencephalogram (EEG). Our thoughts, emotions, and physical actions produce energy and all forms of energy have vibrations or frequencies which can be scientifically measured.
Energywork is considered a form of alternative or complementary healing; however, it should first and foremost be considered a relaxation technique which has healing side-effects. Energywork presents itself in a number of modalities and varies from one practitioner to another, and from one custom to another. The first recorded material on energywork came about 3000-4000 years ago in 18 volumes of the Neijing written in about 200 BCE.
At its most basic, energywork is the manipulation of energy fields within and around the body to promote healing in three levels of an individual: mental/emotional, physical, and spiritual.
There are many forms of Energywork including SHEN, Therapeutic TouchTM, Reiki, Intuitive Energy Work, and others. We strongly caution everyone to not view Energywork as some New Age hocus pocus. Please make sure you conduct your own research and determine for yourself if energywork is something you want in your life. Most people use it as a relaxation technique akin to massage or meditation.
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What is Reiki?
Reiki is an energywork modality which helps to focus the mind and calm the body – as does meditation and quiet contemplation. Reiki claims to use the measurable energy (see Energywork above) in a practitioner’s hand to help restore a sense of well-being and health to an individual. It is an ancient focusing method for the modern world.
Reiki originated as a complementary Japanese healing technique akin to meridian therapy or Ancient Chinese Medicine, which promotes healing.
A Reiki treatment looks like a massage, however, there are two main differences; one – the client lies on the treatment table fully clothed, and two – the practitioner’s does notmanipulate skin tissue. There is a laying on of hands as the practitioner’s hands lay gently and lightly on the client, but at no time is massage performed. (Massages should only be given by fully licensed massage therapists. If you receive reiki from someone who is not a massage therapist, and they manipulate your tissue (skin), please report them to the State in which they are practicing.)
The word itself, Reiki, is actually made of two different Japanese words – Rei which means “Universal”, and Ki which means “life force energy”. It is a simple, natural and safe method of relaxation, healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has helped create other beneficial side-effects such as increased speed in health recovery and allowing the body to naturally heal itself. It works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. At no time should it ever be used to replace a doctor’s visit or psychiatric services. It is a complementary method, not alternative!
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. Many people find that using Reiki deepens their connection to their religion and for those who have no prescribed belief it can help them achieve their highest desired self.
Reiki is a hands on treatment used to help a person to feel better: more relaxed, less stressed, more energized or balanced, or help heal what needs healing. The healing can be physical, mental/emotional, spiritual, or any combination. The client sets their intention for the session and that intention then becomes paramount during the session. A client is fully clothed during a treatment, but may be asked to remove shoes, glasses, or heavy metal jewelry.
“A Reiki session will last exactly as long as it needs to, however a typical session will last about fifty minutes to one hour, though some sessions can be as short as ten minutes and as long as several hours. Treatments can be done seated or lying down. The practitioner may begin with some form of affirmation of the client’s intention. The session can either be hands on – a gentle placement of the hands in very specific positions – or hands off with the same hand positions.
We offer a sliding scale so please do not hesitate to let us know you have special needs. Due to our sliding scale we do not post the costs of our services, but on average you can expect to pay about the same, (usually less) than you would pay for a massage. We do NOT charge extra for team Reiki. You may express your gratitude by rounding up should you choose, but tipping is not required. Payments are not made to Sacred Wandering, but to your individual practitioner.
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Learning Reiki (Becoming a Practitioner)
Learning Reiki is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to anyone and everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.
An amazingly simple technique to learn, Reiki is taught in the usual sense by attending a class provided by a qualified Reiki teacher. In some traditions a Reiki Master has been attuned to the Teacher level, but not all Masters are Teachers.
There are several different classifications of Reiki practitioners which reflect the different bodies of an individual. Just as there are three different bodies, so too are there three different “Levels” or “Degrees” – First through Master.
Some schools or traditions, including the master/teachers at Sacred Wandering, have broken out the Teacher level from the Reiki III/Master level to better instruct a student and give them an opportunity to adjust to the spiritual nature of the Reiki Master level. There is also a large difference between being a practitioner attuned to all three levels of Reiki, and teaching and performing the three attunements of the various levels. Ethically, it is wrong to include the teaching component with the spiritual component, though we respect others may not share our view.
- 1.) The First Degree / Physical Level. (Reiki I Course Page)
- 2.) The Second Degree / Emotional or Mental Level. (Reiki II Course Page)
- 3.) The Third Degree / Spiritual Level (Master Level) (Reiki III Course Page)
- 4.) The Teacher Level
If you would like more information about learning Reiki, please visit our Courses page.
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