Both Reiki and Massage are systems of natural healing that focus on body energy.
While Massage is one of the oldest forms of medical treatment, first recorded in China more than 2,000 years ago, Reiki is a recently developed practice. Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle of transmitting universal energy or “life force” into the patient in order to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being. Reiki consists of two Japanese words: Rei and Ki. Rei means universal and Ki, also referred to as Chi, means vital energy. So, Reiki means vital energy from the universe. In general, Reiki is a technique of channelling universal vital energy to oneself and others.
According to the theory underlying Reiki teaching, the source of health comes from the Ki that flows through and around the individual rather than from the functional condition of the physical organs and tissues. It is Ki that animates the physical organs and tissues as it flows through them and, therefore, is responsible for creating a healthy condition. If the flow of Ki is disrupted, the physical organs and tissues will be adversely affected.
Reiki is not something magical. The basic principle on how Reiki energy heals is very similar to how healing works in acupuncture.
We know that every living being has energy within and around the body to be alive. The physical body usually has problems because the energy does not flow properly. By stimulating the energy to flow properly, the natural ability of the body to heal itself functions again, and the body will recover. Reiki healing stimulates the energy to flow properly and cleanse the energy within and around the body to speed up the healing process.
In the Kirlian photos below, you can see the energy around the fingertip of a patient before and after Reiki healing. Kirlian photos are not simulation photos like aura photos.The Kirlian camera has been used as a Radiology equipment.
The energy is weak and not smooth. The aura is not intact.
The energy is cleaner, stronger and smooth. The aura is intact again.
The originator of Reiki was Mikao Usui. He was born on August 15th 1865 in the village of ‘Taniai-mura’ in the Yamagata district of Gifu prefecture Kyoto, Japan. Mikao Usui came from a wealthy family and received a good education. At some point in his life he became a Tendai Buddhist Monk/Priest (what we in the west call a lay priest). On several occasions he took a form of meditation lasting 21 days. At one time this took place on Mt. Kurama, a sacred mountain situated at the northern end of Kyoto. (Horse Saddle Mountain). This is where he is supposed to have been given the inspiration for his system of healing – Reiki. Usui described it as a great light entering through the top of his head and attuning his entire being to Reiki energy. Immediately thereafter he found his healing abilities to be greatly enhanced – without this own energy being depleted after treating others. . He was filled with joy and gratitude for his new gift and soon went on to initiate others into Reiki and to teach the healing techniques he had developed.
If you’ve ever had a great Massage, you understand how you can feel both relaxed and invigorated at the same time. This seeming dichotomy of emotions allows you this feeling of well being because Massage loosens muscles, increases oxygen and blood flow throughout the body, and encourages the free flow of the body’s own energies, or “Chi.”
The Japanese healing art of Reiki has similar practical purposes—to increase and free the unbalanced energy flow in the body. But while massage is more vigorous and manipulates the muscles, Reiki uses only touch and sometimes merely the proximity of the healer’s hands to particular parts of the body, using 12 to 20 prescribed hand positions, depending on the training tradition. Today there is a hybrid treatment, known as Reiki Massage, in which I will combine Massage with Reiki treatment.