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​ The healing art of Reiki                              

​​   Reiki is a natural energy or vibration that's channeled by a practitioner trained in some or all (Reiki Master) of the levels of Reiki.This energy is recognized by many cultures and by many names. Native Americans call it Divine Breath, Taoists call it Chi (Qi), Christians recognize it as Divine Energy, in Hinduism it's called Prana, the Japanese know it as Ki, in Hawaiian and Tahitian culture it is Mana, in Greece it is Pneuma and there are many other names for this divine, vital energy all around the world. Reiki is a metaphysical healing system that deals with this energy only and has nothing to do with the occult. It promotes relaxation and healing on all levels,  triggering the para-sympathetic nervous system and allowing the recipient to release the fight-or-flight response.    
   Reiki works for the highest good of the recipient and goes to every facet where it's needed. Usui Reiki was developed in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui in 1922. All certified Usui Reiki practitioners were taught by a Reiki Master who has a traceable lineage leading back to Dr. Usui and they will be able to provide you with their lineage. Level one is First Degree - Shoden, level two is Second Degree - Okudan, level three is Third Degree -Shinpiden/Shihan, Master/Teacher.
   The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words; Rei, which means "God's wisdom" or "the higher power" and Ki, which means "life force energy". So, Reiki translated is "spiritually guided life force energy". Reiki treats the whole person, including body, emotions, mind and spirit. It creates many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, serenity, security and well-being. While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it's not a religion and has no dogma. It works no matter the recipient's religion, belief system or belief / non-belief in Reiki, itself. It is practiced by people of all religious persuasions as well as those with no religious convictions. During a session you may either sit or lie down, but will always remain fully clothed unless you choose to have a recumbent session in conjunction with a table massage. If you would like to learn how to provide Reiki, classes are available. Call for class schedule.
 
  
  
                     Scientific Explanation for Reiki
  There is a scientific explanation for Reiki that is based on scientific studies and factual information. This explanation has been presented as a testable hypothesis by James Oschman, Ph.D.
Dr. Oschman is a scientist with a conventional background who became interested in the practice of energy medicine. Through research, he discovered a number of important scientific studies that point to a scientific basis for energy medicine based on the laws of physics and biology. These findings are discussed in an interview, “Science and the Human Energy Field,” published in the Winter 2002 issue of Reiki News Magazine.

  The electrical currents that run through every part of the human body provide the basis for Dr. Oschman’s hypothesis. These currents are present in the nervous system, organs, and cells of the body. For instance, the electrical signals that trigger the heartbeat travel throughout all the tissues of the body and can be detected anywhere on the body. 
  
  Ampere’s law indicates that when an electrical current flows through a conductor, an electromagnetic field is produced that reflects the nature of the current that created it. Tests with scientific instruments indicate that electromagnetic fields exist around the body and around each of the organs of the body, including the brain, heart, kidneys, liver, stomach, etc. The heart has the strongest field, which has been measured at a distance of 15 feet from the body.
  
  The fields around each of the organs pulse at different frequencies and stay within a specific frequency range when they are healthy, but move out of this range when they are unhealthy. The hands of energy workers produce pulsing electromagnetic fields when they are in the process of energy work, whereas the hands of non-energy workers do not produce these fields. When an energy worker places his or her hands on or near a person in need of energy therapy, the electromagnetic field of the worker’s hands sweeps through a range of frequencies based on the needs of the part of the body being treated. Faraday’s law indicates that one electromagnetic field can induce currents into a nearby conductor and through this process, induce a similar field around it. In this way, a energy worker induces a healthy electromagnetic field around an unhealthy organ, thus inducing a healthy state in the organ. A detailed explanation of this hypothesis, including descriptions of the scientific studies, diagrams, and references is presented in the interview mentioned above.
    
                                Scientific Studies
  There are a number of reputable scientific studies that provide evidence that Reiki is therapeutic. These studies can be found by using one of the professional medical databases such as PubMed or Cochrane Collection. Studies meeting medical and scientific standards are usually published in peer-reviewed journals. There are over 20 such studies on the therapeutic value of Reiki. A review of some of these studies, “An Integrative Review of Reiki Touch Therapy Research” by Anne Vitale, Ph. D., gives great insight.

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  For more information on energy medicine, I've included some bibliographical sources below:

 
The Uncommon Touch, by Tom Harpur; McClelland & Stewart, 1995.

Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis by James L. Oschman

Spiritual Healing: Scientific Validation of a Healing Revolution by Danial J. Benor Southfield, MI: Vision Publications

The Science Behind Reiki: What Happens in a Treatment, by Tamisha Sabrina, The UK Reiki Federation

EEG Amplitude, Brain Mapping and Synchrony in and Between a Bioenergy Practitioner and Client During Healing, Subtle Energies Journal, Vol. 1, No. 3, The International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine

Reiki Technique Study to Control Chronic Pain in Diabetic Neuropathy
Department of Public Relations & Marketing Communications, University of Michigan

Reiki: A Starting Point for Integrative Medicine by Schiller R. (2003)

Using Reiki to Support Surgical Patients: Aladydy P. Alandydy K. (1999) Journal of Nursing Care Quality.

Energy Medicine in Therapeutics and Human Performance by James L. Oschman

Enhancing the Treatment of HIV/AIDS with REIKI Training and Treatment;  Schmehr R. (2003)
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.

Reiki: A Complementary Therapy for Life; Bullock M. (1997) The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care 
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