The Japanese art of Reiki Healing was first conceived by Mikao Usui in 1922, after a three week fast and meditation atop the Japanese Mount Kurama. Reiki combines elements of many alternative healing techniques; including auras, spiritual healing, meditation, and many more.
According to Mr. Usui, we all have what is known as life force energy within us and when our life force energy is low, that promotes negativity, stress, and allows diseases and injuries to occur. Therefore, through the use of Reiki Healing, we are able to restore our life force energy. The Reiki developed by Mr. Usui was more of philosophy on life and today specific elements have been adapted to be used during therapy sessions. This type of Reiki therapy was introduced to Western Civilization in the 1970's and has since taken off and can be found all over the world.
There are two distinct types of modern Reiki Therapy, one involves the therapist touching the patient and the other requires the therapist to hover his hands above the patient. A typical Reiki Healing session begins with the patient laying on a soft, flat surface such as a couch or massage table. After a few moments of relaxation and meditation, the practitioner then proceeds to position his hands a few centimeters above the patient. The practitioner's hands remain still for a few minutes and then he changes position.
The practitioner places his hands where he believes that particular patient's life force energy is low. Reiki is useful in treating all types of illness's including burns, cuts, diseases, mental disorders, reducing stress, and is even used to treat serious illnesses. Elements of Reiki Therapy are also used during meditation, aromatherapy, and crystal therapy. Though it is debated whether Reiki is scientifically effective at healing, the millions of followers and thousands of people who have relied on its techniques for hundreds of years cannot be ignored.