Reiki is a Japanese method in which a practitioner channels universal energy in a specific pattern to heal and harmonize the body. When the Miami Massage Therapy Reiki Master massage therapist opens energy channels, and promotes deep relaxation and detoxification takes place, new vitality and life force energy can be felt through out the body. Reiki increases the vibration and fine tunes the frequency of the body and mind.
The practice of Reiki is taught in many massage therapy schools. There is debate about the categorization of this therapy as a form of therapeutic massage. So is it massage therapy, mystical healing or just New Age hocus pocus?
Massage therapy is generally defined as the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for therapeutic massage purposes, healing or relaxation. I would think that manipulation is the operative word here. The practice of Reiki massage therapy takes a quite different approach. Like Shiatsu massage therapy, Reiki massage therapy seeks to balance ki or life force energy within the body. The theory, according to ancient Oriental philosophy, is that if this energy is out of balance in the body, or is depleted, then an individual becomes susceptible to physical and emotional ailments. Practitioners of Reiki massage therapy seek to channel energy into their clients in a manner that corrects imbalances and promotes healing.
However, based on the prescribed methods of practicing Reiki, there is no manipulation involved. In fact, in some cases, there is not even actual touch involved in Reiki treatments. That would certainly present a conflict between the generally accepted definition of therapeutic massage therapy and the practice of Reiki.
Reiki, as practiced today, was developed by Dr. Mikao Usui, a minister and head of a Christian school in Japan. His students had asked him how Jesus healed. He did not have the answer but became fixated on discovering how Jesus had cured the ill and infirm.
Dr. Usui spent years studying in Christian schools, Buddhist monasteries and temples. He found no answer to the healing question until he embarked on a 21 day fast. At the end of the fast he apparently had a revelatory experience that showed him the methods he had sought to understand. He then set about on a healing ministry. Eventually, he shared his knowledge with Dr. Chujiro Hyashi who, in turn shared the knowledge with Mrs. Hawayo Takata who trained 22 Reiki Masters who then shared the knowledge with thousands of others.
Essentially, Reiki transfers energy from the Reiki practitioner to the patient. Actually, Reiki teaches that the patient draws this energy from the practitioner thus giving the patient an active role and ultimate responsibility for their own healing. The energy is then realigned and balanced and harmony is restored in the body.
Miami Massage Therapy massage therapists assess the health of a patient by the current alignment of the chakras in the body, spirit, and mind. Balance is essential for health. Rather than attempting to cure a symptom, which is the tradition of western allopathic medicine, Miami Massage Therapy reviews the entire energetic system and locates the situation at its points of origin. Miami Massage Therapy believes that illnesses can have an origin based solely on traumas that has been experienced and held on to from the past. These traumas if left undealt with, unhealed or unattended to often develop into chronic emotional, mental and physical conditions. Miami Massage Therapy assists in the healing of the spiritual and energetic origins of the imbalanced chakras so that the traumas no longer affects the well being of the individual and that one may reunite to a state of balance and wellbeing.
In the big picture, Reiki massage therapy is a popular modality for stress reduction and relaxation that also increases healing throughout the body and mind. This technique of massage therapy “laying on hands” is based on the idea that “life force energy” flows through us and is one of the causes for us to be alive and well. For example, If your “life force energy” is on the low side one day, then one may be more likely to get sick, feel stress, and not feel well, and on the other hand if your “life force energy” is high, then you are clear of mind and body, feel balanced and can easily and effortlessly be more capable of feeling happy, healthy and unconsciously sharing that feeling with others.