Reiki and Children with Learning Disabilities
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese healing technique used as a therapy to achieve a variety of health-related benefits. This form of therapy involves placing a practitioner’s hands on or near a person’s body for the purposes of healing. The termReiki is derived from the Japanese word Rei, which means universal or spiritual, and Ki, which means life energy. All Reiki practitioners believe that this life energy is a spiritual force that is found in all living things. When the flow of Ki has been disrupted or is blocked in a certain area of the body, an imbalance takes place. These disturbances to the body’s energy fields are said to be the cause of a variety of different health ailments.
Although little research has been conducted in this area to support Reiki’s therapeutic value beyond relaxation, it is intended to reduce stress, enhance a state of calmness and well-being, improve mental clarity, and promote healing.
How Reiki is Performed
The Reiki practitioner uses his/her hands by placing them directly on or slightly above the person receiving the therapy. The practitioner engages in a meditative process and aligns with the patient’s energy level. Proponents of Reiki claim that they can detect energy and allow for an “energy transfer” to take place from the practitioner to the patient. Despite scientific evidence demonstrating the existence of a detectable human energy field, Reiki is widely used as a therapeutic touch technique with many anecdotal reports of success.