Reiki is an ancient and revered practice that promotes and accelerates
healing and balance of the body, mind and spirit. Reiki is a Japanese word,
pronounced ray-key, which means "energy of the soul or spirit or
universe." Reiki is experienced in one or more of its four aspects: physical
healing, personal growth, spiritual practice, or mystic order. The most well
known aspect is the effect Reiki has on the physical body and the phenomena of
accelerating the healing process, alleviating pain, relieving stress responses,
and promoting physical well-being. Reiki is also useful as a tool for self
awareness and can lead to healing emotional wounds, opening the heart and
clearing the mind. As a spiritual practice Reiki offers an experience that can
assist us in knowing our own soul and our connection to others. Finally, while
Reiki is very much "felt," it is impossible to fully understand and thus becomes
a mystical experience in our life.
To receive Reiki from another it is not necessary to hold any certain
beliefs. It does help to relax and to keep an open mind. A short "demonstration"
treatment may last only 5 or 10 minutes with the practitioner placing their
hands on your shoulders. A full Reiki treatment usually takes 60 to 90 minutes
and involves about 14 different hand positions to treat the front and back of
the body. A full treatment is normally done with the receiver lying down, fully
clothed, while the practitioner offers a connection to the energy through a form
of safe gentle touch. During the treatment there may be a variety of physical or
emotional responses as the body accepts the gift of this energy. Often
relaxation becomes so deep that the receiver falls into a state of light
The First Degree Reiki class (Shoden) consists of four sessions
lasting two to three hours each. The first part includes an introduction
covering the history of the lineage and practice of Reiki, exploration of the
four aspects, and common experiences of treatment. There is no cost for this
introduction nor is there any obligation to take the rest of the class. At the
conclusion of the first part those who wish to take the class will be invited to
participate in an ancient ritual which reopens the connection to this energy.
Parts two through four of the class consist of three more ceremonies,
instruction in the treatment form for self and for others, and hands-on
practice. This class is available either in a weekend format or four consecutive
days or evenings. The cost for this training is $150 and includes a certificate,
booklet and ongoing support.
The Second Degree Reiki class (Oku Den) consists of two
sessions of instruction and one ceremony. The "deeper knowledge" of Reiki in
this training is available to those who have at least three months experience
with Reiki and wish to have a more personal and conscious connection with the
energy. The first session includes an introduction to three tools used to direct
the energy and the ceremony which empowers the use of the tools. The second
session focuses on the appropriate use of the tools in a Reiki practice. The
training is available in either a class format or private sessions. Second
Degree certificates are issued at the completion of the training. Cost for this
training is $500.
Practitioner and Master training is available to qualified
candidates on an individual basis.
On-going Support Groups are available to assist students in their
continued practice of Reiki.
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