From the East to the West
Although Reiki is a healing practice that originated in Japan, this supportive practice is now embraced by both eastern and western cultures alike. The word "Reiki" is derived from two Japanese words: “rei” or universal, and “ki” or life energy. During a Reiki session, the practitioner places their hands lightly on or just above the person receiving treatment with the goal of facilitating the person’s own healing response. The client is fully clothed and either sitting or lying down.
The practice of Reiki is used to promote overall health and well-being. Reiki is also used by people who are seeking relief from disease-related symptoms or from the side effects of conventional medical treatments. In my practice, Reiki is also a very supportive option to combine with stress management services, counseling, and nurturing greater inner peace.
"I've received Reiki several times from Sotar and have benefited greatly from his healing touch. His work is subtle, deep and transformative and his presence grounded and comforting."
Susan Elizabeth Hale, author of Sacred Space-Sacred Sound:
The Acoustic Mysteries of Holy Places. www.songkeeper.net
"As a musician, I particularly appreciate Sotar's work as a healer. He deeply listens through his hands and his intuition, and his work is regenerative, transformative, and inspiring. I recommend him highly!"
Elise Witt, singer, composer, educator, community activist
http://www.elisewitt.com "Coming out of Reiki sessions with Sotar, I feel relaxed, refreshed and renewed. The work is subtle and deep. Sotar creates a space that is safe and sacred, and I am reminded to slow down, breathe deep and BE in the moment."
Keval Kaur Khalsa, Director, Duke University Dance Program,
Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor
According to the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), “Reiki is based on the idea that there is a universal (or source) energy that supports the body's innate healing abilities. Practitioners seek to access this energy, allowing it to flow to the body and facilitate healing.”
The practice is extremely gentle and supportive for dealing with stress, anxiety, and physical discomfort, as well as periods of uncertainty. It facilitates a deep state of relaxation. Following a session, individuals feel renewed and may gain new insight or awareness and feel better able to respond to the challenges at hand.
Reiki has historically been practiced as a form of self-care. Increasingly, it is also offered by health care professionals in a variety of clinical settings, including medical offices, hospitals, and clinics. It can be practiced on its own or alongside other therapies or conventional medical treatments.
Reiki’s many uses
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included questions about Americans’ use of complementary and alternative medicine, more than 1.2 million adults used an energy healing therapy, such as Reiki, during the previous year. The survey also found that approximately 161,000 children had used an energy healing therapy in the previous year.
According to NCCAM, “People use Reiki for relaxation, stress reduction, and symptom relief, in efforts to improve overall health and well-being. Reiki has been used by people with anxiety, chronic pain, HIV/AIDS, and other health conditions, as well as by people recovering from surgery or experiencing side effects from cancer treatments. Reiki has also been given to people who are dying (and to their families and caregivers) to help impart a sense of peace.”
Research on Reiki
Research is underway to gain more understanding about the benefits and uses of Reiki. Recent NCCAM-supported studies have been investigating:
-How Reiki works
-Whether Reiki is effective and safe for treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia
-Reiki's possible impact on the well-being and quality of life for people with advanced AIDS
-The possible effects of Reiki on disease progression and/or anxiety in people with prostate cancer
- Whether Reiki can help reduce nerve pain and cardiovascular risk in people with type 2 diabetes
More information on Reiki can be found on the NCCAM website at www.nccam.nih.gov/health/reiki .