Reiki, the gentle art of healing touch, once a misunderstood mystery is now an energy modality that more and more patients are requesting. Many nursing professionals are taking Reiki classes to further their knowledge of energy medicine and to increase the intensity of the energy, which they can extend to their patients. Usui Reiki is the name of the original Reiki teachings, which originated in Japan through Dr. Mikao Usui in the late 1800’s. All other types of Reiki are a deviation, some having nothing to do with the original Usui teachings.
What makes Usui Reiki different from other types of energy modalities is the attunement; whereby, the Reiki Master passes the ability to receive Reiki to the student. An attunement is a process that opens and balances the practitioner’s chakras/energy centers to facilitate the receiving and sending of the Reiki energy. Reiki practitioners describe the attunement as a powerful spiritual experience. Before the attunement the energy that they were sending might be described as 110 volts, and afterwards experiencing as if they were sending 220 volts. The energy continues to intensify with each additional attunement received in the higher-level classes. Once you have received a Reiki attunement, you will have Reiki for the rest of your life. Another aspect of Reiki that makes it unique is that the training teaches the practitioner to do it on one’s self. Nurses working in stress filled environments can benefit from self-treatment. Reiki is a good way to lower stress levels, and it will help to build one’s immune system by keeping the body in balance.
A regular Reiki session can be 45 minutes to an hour long; however, it can be given in smaller increments of 3 to 5 minutes and still make a tremendous difference. Reiki hand placement positions are mostly over the main chakras with hands either touching or just above the body. There are four levels of Usui Reiki training. In a Reiki I class, the practitioner learns the history of Reiki, how it works, how to do Reiki on one’s self, and how to use it on others. In Reiki II, the practitioner learns several methods of sending distant Reiki, how to incorporate the Reiki symbols into a healing practice and how to empower goals. The Advanced Reiki Training adds many tools to the healing toolbox, including energy exercises and movement that help the practitioner to maintain health and well being. Reiki Master training prepares the practitioner to teach Reiki and to pass attunements. Ms. Hawayo Takata was the first to teach Reiki in the United States in the late 1970’s. She charged $10,000 for the Reiki Master training. Now that there are many Reiki Masters teaching Reiki the cost has fallen to reasonable levels so that more people can afford to take Reiki training. Reiki is a gift and a skill that anyone can learn. Soon nurses will be sharing this gift with their patients and with one another during their breaks bringing balance back into the work environment.