Before we dive into what a Jikiden Reiki session entails, let’s first cover what Reiki is, what it means, where it comes from, and how it works!
What is Reiki?
Reiki, pronounced “ray-kee”, is a form of light-touch energy healing which began in Japan in the 1920s. Reiki can be used as a modality to help promote faster physical healing or mental/emotional healing.
A Reiki practitioner is able to send Reiki to themselves or to others, and Reiki healing may be done in-person or from a distance.
What does “Reiki” mean?
In Japanese, “Rei” means “spiritual” or “divine” and “Ki” refers to a person’s vitality or “life for energy”. When these two words are combined, Reiki collectively refers to “divinely guided life force energy”.
- The original full name for Reiki in Japanese (still taught in Jikiden Reiki training curriculum) was “Shin Shin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho”, which translates to “Usui Reiki Therapy for Improving Body and Mind”.
How did Reiki start?
Reiki as a healing modality was first discovered by Mikao Usui sensei in Japan back in 1922, during his 21-day journey to find peace of mind on Mount Kurama just outside of Kyoto, Japen. He then developed the entire Reiki healing system so that he could share this divine gift with the rest of the world.
To learn more, you can read about the history of Reiki here! (Please note that the history of Reiki is covered significantly more in-depth in Reiki level 1 / Jikiden Reiki Shoden practitioner training.)
How does Reiki work?
This natural healing modality involves the harnessing and directing of a special healing energy (Rei-ki), which originates from divine Source and can flow through Reiki practitioners to be directed to an area of focus on their own body or to someone else who needs healing.
When someone receives Reiki healing energy, their subconscious mind is able to direct this energy to where it needs to go – so they are actually healing themselves!
What is Jikiden Reiki?
“Jikiden” in Japanese means “directly handed down”. Therefore, Jikiden Reiki is the Japanese version of Reiki as it was originally founded and taught Japan by a man named Mikao Usui Sensei (sensei = “teacher” in Japanese).
For more details on how Jikiden Reiki was established and what makes it special, please check out this article where I explain lots more through sharing the history of Reiki!
Why I choose to practice Jikiden Reiki
In order to become a Jikiden Reiki “Shihan-Kaku” (Teacher of Level 1, or “Shoden” (physical healing), teachers are required to practice a minimum of 120 hours of Reiki on at least 60 different clients. During this time in my hands-on clinical experience, I was able to witness some very profound clinical outcomes through Jikiden Reiki sessions!
What I’ve observed thus far in my Jikiden Reiki clinical practice (minimum of three 60-minute sessions recommended):
- Reduced pain
- Reduced “fight or flight” stress response (immediately and long-term)
- Lower blood pressure
- More relaxation, less anxiety
- Improved mood, reduced feelings of depression
- Deeper sleep
- Improvements in digestion