October 6, 2003
Sara Hummel, R M-T, CNA, CHHA
What Reiki Is,,,,,,,,and........How It Works
- Reiki is an ancient hands-on healing system. The word Reiki (pronounced RAY KEY) means Universal Life Energy. The healing power is passed on from a certified Reiki-Master through a series of attunements. Reiki is very gentle and powerful. The uniqueness of Reiki is threefold.
- First, the receiver always draws in the healing energy.
Secondly, the receiver unconsciously directs the healing wherever it is needed - for his or her physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual needs.
Thirdly, Reiki can only be passed on by a Reiki-Master; it cannot be learned on your own.
I was attuned to First Degree Reiki in 1985. The next year I became a Second Degree Reiki Practitioner. I chose Reiki as my life practice in 1998 becoming a Reiki Master-Teacher. Up to that time I used Reiki mainly on myself. ( I still use Reiki daily on myself.)
In 1996 I began my Nursing Assistant career and used Reiki on my hospice and elder clients, along with my nursing skills. I am now a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) and a CHHA (Certified Home Health Aide) with the state of California. I work only with people with life-threatening illnesses and/or in hospice care. I am also a AMT (Acupressure Massage Technician) since 1988 with the state of California. I usually do not use Acupressure on my clients unless they have their doctor's permission. Though I do enjoy teaching family members self-help acupressure for stress reduction and relaxation. I am a volunteer at Marin Aids Project for a young child and her father. I am newly hired by Hospice of Marin to be part of their hospice team as a volunteer Complementary Care Practitioner.
- The Benefits of Reiki and Some of My Observations
The benefits of Reiki are threefold:
- (1) Preventative (2) Accumulative and (3) Restorative.
Reiki creates a sense of wellbeing and promotes deep relaxation. The more you receive Reiki the more your body easily responds to this gentle powerful energy. It can relieve physical, mental and emotional pain. The relief can occur with a full treatment of usually one hour or with varying degrees of time. I use it for pain management along with medical interventions. They work well together.
Since Reiki traditionally is done with clothes on, it is very easy to give treatments in a bed, in a chair, or wherevr the client is comfortable. Reiki is just as effective above the body. For this reason I use it with with wound care or above any sensitive areas of the body. Unlike other bodywork systems (e.g. Acupressure), you can never receive too much Reiki. And a little bit goes a long way. How much Reiki energy coming through the pratitioner's hands depends on how long she or he has been using Reiki and how much the client is willing to receive, as I mentioned earlier. I look at my Reiki client as my partner - together we create a safe and gentle healing experience. Another positive factor of giving a Reiki treatment is that because this energy comes through me first, I am replenished and renewed as well as my client.
In writing this article for Cancerlynx I wasn't sure how many, if any, testimonies to include. If interested, I could e-mail some responses from people to whom I have given Reiki treatments. In general, I have observed people going into a deep sleep during a session which is very conducive for healing. Pain relief is another obvious response I have witnessed. The calming and relaxation effects seem to last beyond the actual treatment session. And, of course, I could recount how doing Reiki on myself has helped me tremendously. My life goal is to teach myself and others how to love and empower ourselves. Reiki and Acupressure fits well into my goal.
When I was attuned in 1985 Reiki was hardly known. Now there are many Reiki websites and books. I highly recommend: REIKI Energy Medicine (Bringing Healing Touch into Home, Hospital, and Hospice) by Libby Barnett and Maggie Chambers with Susan Davidson. and The Power of REIKI by Tanmaya Honervogt.