Dr. Jonathan Hochberg
Reiki (pronounced Ray-Kee) is a complementary therapy for all kinds of illnesses (both physical and emotional) including: anxiety, depression, pain, insomnia, dis-ease and additictions. However, you do not have to be ill to gain the healing benefits; as we are all depleted from the hectic pace of modern society and from our stressful life styles.
Rooted in Tibetan Buddhism, Reiki was “rediscovered” in the early 20th century in Japan and has become more popular in the late 1990’s as Reiki Masters began teaching non-Buddhists that life-force energy flows through all people. Reiki made its way from Japan into Hawaii and is spreading across the U.S.
How it Works
Reiki takes a holistic approach – treating mind, body, and spirit – and is safe and natural. During a treatment there is an overall feeling of peace, relaxation, and well-being that can last for days.
It is totally non-invasive; Reiki therapy involves the laying of hands on the fully-clothed patient by the Reiki practitioner. His/her hands travel through 12 to 15 different positions, staying in each place for about 5 minutes for a total of about an hour per treatment.
The feeling of invigoration or tranquility results from the fact that Reiki causes the body’s molecules to vibrate at a higher intensity, hence, dissolving energy blockages that lead to disharmony and disease (based on Chinese medicine). The treatment alleviates pain, easing stress, and lessens side effects of traditional treatments like chemotherapy, including nausea and other debilitating problems. It improves and strengthens the immune function and clears emotional trauma.
Reiki increases the life force energy of an individual, therefore helping achieve better health, happiness, and peacefulness.
What can I use Reiki healing for?
Reiki enhances wellness, promotes relaxation, and induces the natural ability to heal at all the levels of ~ mind~ body ~ spirit. It is valuable for any kind of healing due to emotional issues, physical injury, PTSD, anxiety, and all other maladies or illness. It is now being used commonly for pre- and-post surgery as it prepares the body for trauma and then expedites healing.
People can transmit and send Reiki h
ealing energy once they are attuned to it. An attunement is the process by which a Reiki master passes down the ability to send Reiki energy to a student. Once the Reiki student receives the attunement, he or she can then get to work using the Reiki healing energy.
There are different levels of Reiki. Though each Reiki master has the discretion how they want to organize their classes or attunements, they are generally broken down into Reiki I, Reiki II, and a Reiki Master Level att
Prestigious Hospitals now using ReikiReiki is now finding acceptance across the U.S much like acupuncture did in the 1980s. Now with continuous positive reac
tions from many cancer patients, prestigious cancer centers like Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York offer Reiki classes and treatments for cancer patients, including mesothelioma patients on a regular basis as well as in-service classes for their critical care nurses and hospital staff.
Other well-known hospitals using Reiki to treat patients include: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Columbia Presbyterian, the Yale Center, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The list continues to grow as patients getting treatments continue to share their positive benefits from this ancient and natural healing technique.