Reiki has been around for thousands of years, but the current form only since the late 1800s. It is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It works by “laying on hands” and based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through everyone, thus causing us to be alive. If someone’s life force is low, then it increases the chances of illness and decreases the ability to handle stress. The higher the life force, the more happy and healthy a person is.
When in addiction recovery or treatment for mental health disorders, Reiki can be especially beneficial, as it allows the body to relax and lose tension. It also awakens the soul to receive spiritual guidance. The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words – Rei, meaning “God’s Wisdom” or the “High Power” and Ki, meaning “life force energy.” So, in essence, it means spiritually guided life force energy.