The term Reiki massage is a bit of an oxymoron, when it comes right down to it simply because in reality, Reiki is NOT massage. However, some regard it as “massaging” the energy field. Reiki massage is a confusing term, as this is nothing like a conventional remedial massage therapy from a licensed massage therapist.
At most instances, Reiki healing (not Reiki massage) is the use of spiritual energy to heal a person’s aura or condition. Massage on the other hand is the process of rubbing or kneading different parts of the body for therapeutic reasons or purposes. Now having said this, there are indeed many massage therapists who are trained in Reiki and who combine the two disciplines to get an even better result for the client. In such circumstances, you could aptly describe what you are receiving as Reiki massage.
Licensed massage therapists who take Reiki are learning to make better use their already existing healing energies for promoting the spiritual well-being of their clients, as well as their physical well-being. Their treatments then become a blend of several massages, but it is only an instance where those two things go together in the same sentence. Keeping this thing in mind, when we refer to Reiki massage in this article, we are referring to a massage therapist giving Reiki using the usual hand positions.
The usual treatment of Reiki massage starts at the head and then works down the front of the body and down the back of the body through the seven different chakras. The hands are placed by coinciding with seven major chakras; or in other words, the energy centers of your physical body. Reiki massage helps you manage pain, deal with stress and relax your body on a very deep level. The hands of the Reiki practitioner will either be laying on you gently or working just a few inches above your body. The healing energy is sent through/channeled by the practitioner into you.
There is no need to be nervous about a massage treatment combined with Reiki at the same time. The Reiki will not hurt you in any way. It is actually used to help in treating conditions, such as lockjaw, muscle pain, tension, stress, injury healing and well over 60 other types of ailments. In the Western world, you will discover that there are four areas/chakras used for treatment – the head, body, legs/feet and back.
It is safe to say that Reiki treatments are one hundred percent safe and do not have any side effects, nor do they incur injuries. Some people experience sensations like warmth, tingling or cold during their session, but these sensations will not hurt you. Depending on the patient, Reiki treatments have been known to show results immediately or at a later time.
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