Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a gentle hands-on technique used to promote health and relaxation. The first documented use of Reiki occurred in Japan in the late 1800s, but is believed by many to be based on practices thousands of years old. The word itself is broken into two parts in the Japanese language: "Rei" meaning spiritually guided or wisdom of God, and "Ki" meaning life force energy. While the concept of the human body as an energy system is foreign to many Westerners, Reiki (like other complementary therapies, including acupuncture, meditation and yoga) is be coming more widely known and accepted in mainstream America. Yoga, for example, was met with great skepticism in the West as recently as thirty years ago; now yoga is routinely practiced by people of all ages and persuasions. Likewise, Reiki is gaining a foothold in many circles including conventional healthcare practitioners, clergy, scientists and lay people. It is likely, given the growing body of research documenting the benefits of Reiki, that in thirty years Reiki will enjoy the same widespread acceptance that yoga does today.
The recipient remains fully clothed, usually lying in a comfortable position. A massage table is frequently used for this purpose, though a chair or wheelchair may be used to accommodate special needs. The practitioner lays his or her hands lightly on the body in a series of positions which are learned during Reiki training. The positions include the crown of the head, forehead, throat, heart, solar plexus, abdomen and upper hip; care is taken to avoid personal areas of the body that might make a recipient feel uncomfortable. A tranquil environment for Reiki may include soothing music and the use of essential oils such as lavender or frankincense. The effect of a Reiki session is usually deep relaxation, well-being and calm. The session may last between 15 minutes and one hour; when several practitioners work together, the session is shorter.
Practitioners of Reiki are taught that our bodies are composed not only of physical elements such as muscles, bones, nerves, arteries, organs and glands, but also a subtle energy system. The intent of Reiki is to restore balance and harmony on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. How and why energy therapy works is poorly understood. However, studies to date suggest the efficacy of Reiki to reduce pain and anxiety and to enhance sleep, physical functioning and quality of life (Tsang, Carlson, Olson 2009; Herron-Marx, Price-Knol, Hicks et al. 2008; Cook, Guerrero, Slater 2004; Kelly, Sullivan, Fawcett, et al. 2004; Olson, Hanson 1997; Samarel, Fawcett, Davis, et al. 1998). These studies and others have examined both qualitative and quantitative evidence to demonstrate that Reiki has a discernible and positive impact on the parasympathetic nervous system. While Reiki is not intended to treat or cure disease, a number of reputable institutions including M.D. Anderson and Sloan Kettering employ Reiki therapists to enhance patient care.
Reiki is practiced in a wide variety of settings, some medical and some nonmedical. More than 800 hospitals across the country currently offer Reiki, which is considered to be safe even for very fragile patients for whom other complementary therapies are contraindicated. Completely noninvasive, Reiki does not interfere with medical treatment of any kind but rather enhances the body's natural healing response.
Reiki is not a religion. It holds no creed or doctrine. Rather, it is an ancient science which is practiced by followers of many different spiritual paths. Reiki is grounded in the principle of compassionate action, which is common to all spiritual traditions including Christianity. Christian churches have a long history of adopting practices that enhance the spiritual life of its members based on examples of Jesus' actions described in the Bible. Many Christians who practice Reiki view it as an opportunity to follow more closely the teachings and examples of Jesus healing the sick. For more information regarding Reiki practice in a Christian context, visit Reiki for Christians.
Reiki Fellowship Dallas will offer free 20 minute Reiki sessions the third Saturday of each month from 10 am to 1 pm. Between eight and twelve trained Reiki practitioners will be available on these dates. We will provide professional massage tables for those who are able to use them; Reiki will also be available to those confined to a wheelchair or to those who would feel more comfortable in a seated position. Our goal is the comfort, safety and security of every recipient.
While children are welcome to receive Reiki, we will require that a parent or designated guardian be present at all times for any recipient under the age of 18.
There will be no charge for Reiki provided by Reiki Fellowship Dallas, however, donations will be gladly accepted. All donations received, less RFD expenses, will be gifted to Kessler Park United Methodist Church in appreciation for hosting Reiki Fellowship Dallas. While KPUMC has graciously agreed to host Reiki Fellowship Dallas, it is not a church-sponsored or endorsed event.