Reiki is a holistic therapy based on energy healing. According to Reiki healers, when your life force energy is low, you are more likely to experience ill health, stress, and anxiety. It can also lead to general sadness or depression. Those who receive Reiki treatments often report feeling relaxed and even euphoric. During a Reiki session, trained specialists with high life force energy use their hands to transfer their energy and help individuals begin to heal from within.
The History of Reiki
Reiki is a Japanese technique that dates back to the 1800s. The word itself is derived from two different Japanese words: Rei, meaning “God’s Wisdom” or “the Higher Power”, and Ki, meaning “life force energy.” Put together, Reiki roughly translates to “spiritually guided life force energy.”
There have been a number of iterations of Reiki, but the best recognized and most popular is the system created by Makao Usui, or Usui Sensei as Reiki healers refer to him. However, many believe that Reiki energy itself has been around since the beginning of time in one form or another.
There are about five different common ways to practice Reiki and while not every way is accepted by every Reiki healer, most agree that there is validity to each system that uses Reiki energy.
Benefits of Reiki
A few studies have been done that show that Reiki can have benefits for people dealing with a variety of ailments. While more studies are needed, the anecdotal evidence of the benefits of Reiki is overwhelming. Some of the most common benefits that people report include:
- Pain relief
- Reduction in anxiety
- Increase in energy levels
- Improved depression symptoms
- Better mood
- Increased quality of life
One of the greatest benefits of Reiki for those who are managing pain or working to overcome a mental disorder is that there are no side effects. Medications can often come with either unpleasant side effects or the potential for abuse and addiction.
Reiki energy targets the mind, body, and soul to improve energy flow in a holistic way, without the need for manmade substances.
Reiki for Addiction Treatment
While Reiki on its own is not a cure for addiction treatment, it can complement other holistic and clinical therapies. Individuals living with addiction often have co-occurring disorders such as depression and anxiety that Reiki can help relieve. Additionally, according to Reiki practice, these individuals may also have low life force energy.
Reiki can make the withdrawal and detox process more comfortable, since one of its main tenets is pain management. Both psychological and physical withdrawal can be uncomfortable and even painful processes. Reiki therapy addresses both, lowering stress levels and boosting energy.
Overall, Reiki helps people to feel better and can even increase creativity and self-esteem.
Whole Person Addiction Treatment at RAIN Recovery
At RAIN Recovery in Burbank, CA, we understand that addiction does not exist in a vacuum. We give our clients all of the tools that they need to live a life of sobriety, both when they are with us and when they begin their journey at home.
Our services include holistic treatments like Reiki, yoga, and crystal healing as well as traditional clinical treatments. We believe in treating mind, body, and soul to encourage whole person wellness.