Reiki is an ancient Asian technique used for stress relief, relaxation, and promoting healing. Reiki is healing energy channeled from the practitioner to the client using energy points within the body to harmonize and promote the body's natural ability to heal. Reiki can relieve the many side effects caused by illness and can help speed up recovery.
While not strictly under the auspices of massage, Reiki (pronounced "ray-key") is often practiced in conjunction with bodywork. The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words - rei, meaning higher power or universal force, and ki, meaning life energy. Loosely translated, Reiki means universal or spiritually-guided life-force energy.
Practiced for thousands of years throughout Japan, China, Tibet and other Asian nations, Reiki was "rediscovered" in the late 19th century by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Buddhist monk and educator, who used the therapy to heal the sick. Today, Reiki is used as a method of healing illness and reducing stress through light touch or, more commonly, by placing the hands near or above the body in specific positions or patterns. Through these positions, a Reiki practitioner can correct energetic imbalances in the body by removing toxic energy, improving health and restoring a person's energy levels.
As of late, Reiki has received more public attention by way of research studies. Check out the article, "Federally funded Reiki Study Underway in Washington," in the February 2004 issue of Massage Today at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/02/06.html.
Healing Touch is an "energy therapy" that uses gentle hand techniques thought to help re-pattern the patient's energy field and accelerate healing of the body, mind, and spirit. Healing Touch is based on the belief that human beings are fields of energy that are in constant interaction with others and the environment. The goal of Healing Touch is to purposefully use the energetic interaction between the Healing Touch practitioner and the patient to restore harmony to the patient's energy system.
Healing Touch promotes relaxation. When your body relaxes endorphins are released from the brain, which helps the muscles to relax. When the muscles relax circulation is improved and the increased blood flow elevates oxygen levels throughout the body. This in turn allows nutrients to be absorbed more efficiently, enzymes are built to aid digestion, hormones are regulated, and toxins are released from the body. This allows healthy cells to regenerate and promotes a sense of well-being which then supports healing and regulates the immune system.
Healing Touch (HT) is one of many energy-based modalities that are being increasingly studied. Many science disciplines are turning to the study of subtle energies in their quest to understand the phenomena of energy-based therapies. The Healing Touch Research website is available to provide documented research on Healing Touch and related modalities.
Quantum-Touch is a method of natural healing that works with the Life Force Energy of the body to promote optimal wellness. Life Force Energy, also known as "chi" in Chinese, is the flow of energy that sustains all living beings. Quantum-Touch practitioners focus, amplify, and direct this energy, for a wide range of benefits with surprising and often extraordinary results.
Quantum-Touch is an effective method for reducing back pain, realigning structure, balancing organs, glands and systems, reducing muscle aches, aids in reducing pain from injuries, burns, and chronic pain syndromes.
Using the Quantum-Touch techniques, the practitioner creates a high frequency of life-force energy, placing this field of high energy around an area of pain, stress, inflammation, or disease. The body can entrain to this higher frequency, thus amplifying the body's ability to heal itself.
Ohm Therapeutics is a sound healing system that integrates the use of tuning forks set to the vibrational tone of Ohm. Ohm, known universally as sacred and healing, contains all sound, just as light contains all color, and has been used for thousands of years. The Ohm tone is based on the measured frequency of the elliptical orbit of the earth as it travels around the sun throughout the four seasons.
The therapeutic use of sound by way of Ohm frequency tuning forks is a non-invasive, energy-based approach rooted in Eastern Medicine. The tuning forks are applied to acupuncture and acupressure points on the body. The application of sound vibrations on the physical and etheric body opens the energetic pathways where Chi, or life force, flows.
As our body resonates with the Ohm frequency, we re-connect with Earth's rhythm, or pulse, thereby balancing our own biological circadian rhythm. This balance of energetic rhythm promotes deep healing, sound sleep, removes energy blocks, facilitates homeostasis, increases bone density, relieves pain by increasing our own natural anti-inflammatory compounds, promotes deep and balanced breathing, and much more.