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What Are the Benefits of Reiki for Addressing Trauma?

Reiki is a healing technique that uses energy to promote healing. ‘Reiki’ comes from the Japanese words ‘rei,’ meaning ‘universal,’ and ‘ki,’ meaning ‘life force energy.’ Reiki practitioners use their hands to channel energy into the person being treated, promoting healing on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. It is a safe and gentle treatment that can be used on people of all ages, including children and animals.

Reiki is an alternative medicine that uses spiritually-guided life force energy to heal. It is not affiliated with any particular religion and can be used by people of any belief system. Reiki unblocks and encourages Qi's flow throughout the body, using the practitioner’s hands to direct energy to the areas that need it most. This helps to promote healing on physical, mental, and emotional levels, providing a sense of balance and harmony.

Energy healing is based on the belief that the body can heal itself. When energy is blocked, it can cause problems physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Releasing the blockages allows the body to heal.

Understanding the Impact of Trauma

Trauma is a personal experience caused by a single event or exposure to multiple events. It can cause lasting feelings of fear, anxiety, and isolation. Trauma can be passed down through families, from parents to children.

It can also be passed down through cultural groups from one generation to the next. This type of trauma is often unspoken and not well understood. It can significantly impact people's lives but is often not recognized or acknowledged.

Reiki is a form of energy healing that is said to work by balancing the energies in the body. It promotes healing on all levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Reiki can help release stress and promote relaxation, which can help heal trauma's physical and emotional effects.

When faced with a threat, our body releases stress chemicals like cortisol and adrenaline. This is known as the fight/flight response of the nervous system. This response happens so quickly that we may not even be aware of it. If the threat cannot be fought or escaped from, we may freeze instead.

When we are in a situation that is too overwhelming to handle, our bodies physically shut down, and we mentally dissociate from what is happening. We enter a state of freeze, with extremely high energy levels.

What Reiki Does

In a session, the professional may use light touch and a massage table to help guide the energy flow of a client. The professional will also encourage the client to focus on their breathing. The session aims to help the client relax and reduce stress.

The Reiki practitioner uses a light touch or a hands-free approach, placing their hands on or above different body areas, such as the head, arms, legs, and torso. The practitioner uses different hand positions and may spend two to five minutes in each location.

Some tingling, temperature change, insights, and deep relaxation are commonly described experiences during a Reiki treatment.

A Reiki session can last up to an hour, and has been said to aid in nervous system regulation as well as emotional regulation well-being.


Reiki is an alternative medicine that helps the mind and body relax to release stored energy and emotions. It is based on the belief that everyone has an invisible life force energy that flows through them and that when this energy is low or blocked, it can lead to physical and emotional problems. Reiki is said to be a way to help restore this energy and promote healing.

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