Reiki is a Japanese form of relaxation and stress reduction. It is performed by a Reiki practitioner who moves the body’s hidden energy to different areas to promote natural healing. It is considered an eastern healing art similar to the concepts of Hatha Yoga for your body or Feng Shui that aligns your physical environment so that you are surrounded by positive chi. According to an article, “Reiki reduces stress, decreases the amount of pain medication required, improves sleep and appetite, and accelerates the healing process. It has also been reported to reduce many of the unwanted side effects of radiation and drugs, including chemotherapy” (www.centerforreikiresearch.org).
According to Reiki.org, the lower the “life force energy” the greater the stress. A practitioner can either hover their hands over various points of the body or lightly touch those same points. Sometimes music will play in the background or the teacher will say soothing words in a low voice. Sessions can last for up to 90 minutes and no one can deny that it is relaxing. Practitioners claim that any illness can be cured by one’s own energy if it is redistributed. Americans are returning to eastern meditative forms to relax from their frantic lives. Reiki is the newest craze since hot Yoga. There is some controversy, however, on whether actual healing takes place.
These alternatives to western medicine are part of a holistic approach to health, discussed by Nada Fayad in E’lajjak A’ana, aired on Hona Radio USA, the voice of Arab Americans.