Reverend Vanessa Vaz - Interfaith Minister ∙ Wedding Officiant ∙ Reiki Practitioner
Reiki Healing
 
What is Reiki?
 
Reiki (pronounced Ray-Kee) is the Japanese word for universal life force energy and is the name of a healing therapy which maximizes the benefit from this universal energy. Reiki was founded in the 1800's in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Buddhist who dedicated his life to the study of hands-on healing methods. Reiki is not a religion, as it holds no creed or doctrine. It is not a belief system, therefore, no mental preparation or direction is needed to receive a treatment, only a desire to receive and accept the energy. Having a reiki treatment does not involve massage. Since reiki requires no specific setting or preparation, it can be utilized in many various environments.
 
How does it work?
 
As a Reiki Practitioner, I have received both instructions and "attunements" which raise and accelerate my energy flow. I provide Reiki treatments by the gentle act of "laying on of my hands" with the intention of healing. The result is that the health giving life-force energy in the recipient's body becomes amplified and balanced.
 
What are the benefits?
 
Reiki complements and enhances all types of medical treatment. Scientific research has validated Reiki's ability to relieve pain and speed healing. It helps relieve stress, agitation, and acute and chronic pain; it is helpful as an aid for sleeping; and it also can be an energizer. It promotes the release of emotions such as grief, anger or anxiety and provides comfort. Reiki accelerates wound healing. It produces a feeling of mental clarity, calmness, well-being and spiritual connection in the recipient. Reiki aids healing in virtually every known illness and injury. Every person responds differently to Reiki. The person being treated is not "healed" by the practitioner. The person's healing comes from the life-force flowing through the Reiki practitioner. Reiki is not used as a substitute for medical treatment. Reiki practitioners do not diagnose or suggest treatment. You should continue to see your medical caregiver regularly.
 
What are the side effects?
 
There are no side effects or contraindications with Reiki; it is noninvasive and safe for all ages from premature babies to the elderly. Reiki can be performed on an individual while he is lying down, sitting or standing. No adjustment in clothing needs to be made, since Reiki flows through any barrier, including casts. Some receivers have reported tingling or sensations of heat or cold during treatment. This implies that more healing energy is needed in this area.
 
What can I expect from a Reiki treatment?
 
Having a Reiki treatment is really quite simple. You will lie on a comfortably padded massage table, fully clothed, for approximately 45 minutes to one hour. Modesty is respected at all times. I will place my hands gently on top of your clothing over key positions on your body. Many people fall asleep during the treatment because they feel so relaxed. You are a participant in your health and are always in control.
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