Although it’s not a new healing technique, Reiki has started gaining more and more popularity in recent years. There are good reasons for this, too.
Before we get into the health benefits, let’s go over what Reiki is and who should learn Reiki.
The Practice of Reiki
The technique originates from Japan. Its name is composed of two Japanese words. Rei means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki is “life force energy.”
Reiki follows the idea that we all have “life force” in us and that we can guide it to others. People with more life force are more likely to be happy and healthy while those with less are more prone to illness.
When someone gives you Reiki, they are using their hand to channel life force into your body. It feels like a powerful energy starts coursing through you, with revigorating effects.

The technique works in conjunction with all therapeutic techniques or medical remedies. It limits the adverse effects of an illness and speeds up recovery.

Who Should Learn Reiki

The practice of Reiki doesn’t have anything to do with intellectual or spiritual development. In other words, anyone can practice it, from kids to the elderly.
Learning Reiki can take as little as ten hours. You don’t have to study anything either. You visit a Reiki master who can show you how to manipulate this energy.
In truth, the hardest part about learning is finding the right master. You may have to look on the internet for a while or ask around yoga studios or other similar establishments.
After finding a master, schedule an appointment and get to know them. It’s crucial that you feel comfortable around your master in order to learn Reiki.
So, in essence, there’s isn’t a particular group who should learn Reiki. Everyone can and everyone should because of the health benefits.
There are three levels of Reiki training:
1. Beginners know how to give Reiki to themselves and those around them. That is done by guiding the energy with their hands. Those who want a healthier life or to help a family member learn the first level.
2. This level is reached by those who learn how to channel Reiki without touch. It requires more training and time. Many people working in the health industry go for this level. They learn how to avoid embarrassing situations or inappropriate touching while helping others.
3. The last level is reserved for Reiki masters. You cannot apply for it, but rather you are invited to reach it. It requires extensive training and meditation.
As you can see, it’s not just about who should learn Reiki but what level they reach as well.
The Benefits of Reiki
The technique is often used to relieve pain and help with chronic illnesses such as cancer and AIDS. Daily practice puts the body, as well as the mind, in a better place.
A large number of people, however, learn Reiki to deal with stress or depression. The influx of energy boosts intuition and even self-esteem.

Whichever the reason is, Reiki promotes balance and a better lifestyle. The ability to give Reiki also means that you can help those around you.
I hope that you’ve learned more about this great practice and that you’re planning on studying Reiki yourself.
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