Is Reiki a form of meditation or massage?
The answer is quite simple; No. But on the other hand it is not that simple.
With Reiki, massage and meditation there can be a number of joint factors, namely awareness, relaxation or deepening of the spiritual development. With massage, mainly physical complaints are tackled fairly directly.
To better understand the differences, we have listed the three treatment methods:
There are many synonyms for meditation, a few of them: Thinking, Reflecting, Contemplating, Inner Concentration.
Since the mid-1300s, the concept of "meditation" has become established. At the time it had a mainly religious background, the clergy and believers mainly used this method to experience and reflect on their faith more deeply. This happened not only in Western religion, but of course also in Asian countries.
Today, in the modern world, meditations are mainly used to create moments of rest in a hurried society, so that people can regain peace of mind.
Meditation is generally done alone, but it can also be done in groups and under the guidance of a teacher.
The main goal is to transcend the daily stream of thought and to raise or develop consciousness and gain insights.
The relaxation that results from this is not the main goal, but in most cases it does happen to the meditator.
Meditation is usually performed at set times, generally daily, and the sessions last about half an hour. During the meditation one can burn incense, put on music or use mantras. There are many forms of meditation, each person can choose a method that best suits him or her.
In meditation everyone has their own place and no touches take place.
Meditation is also used as part of the Reiki Master's growth process. We offer a Meditation course for the Reiki practitioner from the 2nd degree Reiki course.
In massage, the focus is mainly on structured or unstructured pressure, or movement on the soft tissues of the body. Massage is therefore mainly aimed at the (literally) "tangible" side of the human being.
Massage can take place with the hands, but also with the help of mechanical means.
The purpose of a massage is to increase the well-being of the person being massaged.
There are of course many massage variants. It goes too far to discuss all of these, but to stay close to the "Reiki basics", here are a few well-known massage techniques:
- Holistic massage
The term comes from the Greek. Holos means "man as a whole".
In contrast to the standard (Swedish) massage technique, the holistic massage focuses on the relaxation of the muscles as well as on mental relaxation.
The holistic idea is that the body is not isolated, but is connected with feelings and emotions. The one cannot be separate from the other.
Therefore, during a holistic massage, attention is paid to the person as a whole; body, mind, emotions and the body's self-healing ability.
The goal is to restore the balance between body and mind and to remove energy blockages. When the mind is healthy, it also has a positive effect on the body.
During the massage you can still speak as usual, there is no meditative context.
Massage forms that are in line with or have similarities with the holistic massage technique are for example:
- Kum nye massage
Within the Kum nye massage form, energies in the body are generated, removed and sent to create a healing effect.
- Sweda massage
Sweda massage is a Tibetan Buddhist massage form that focuses on the energetic system. The massage focuses on the chakras, meridians, marma points and aura layers.
In some cases it is not recommended to apply massage. So it is important to consult a doctor whether a massage is the right treatment method.
As described in another blog, Reiki means Universal Energy. It is the oldest form of healing and was started 3000 years before Chr. applied.
When we talk about applying Reiki, we are usually talking about a "treatment". There are also many definitions for this term, such as application, processing, use or cure. But also: "an act aimed at recovery".
Through the actions of the Reiki practitioner, the Universal Energy is transmitted through the hands to the receiver.
It is often experienced by both the practitioner and the recipient that the hands of the practitioner / practitioner become warm in the place where the treatment is most necessary. The energy can actually be felt, even when the receiver is not touched.
A Reiki treatment can take place in different ways, in this case we limit ourselves to the two main methods; the self-treatment and the treatment by a Reiki practitioner.
- The self treatment
For the person who has successfully completed the first introduction to Reiki and thus obtained the first degree, self-treatment is an excellent method to work on inner balance and mental peace.
Unlike treatments that take place through a practitioner, someone who does a self-treatment will place his own hands on his body, so he is the one who transmits the energy.
It is mainly aimed at self-healing.
- A treatment by a Reiki practitioner
Not everyone wants to apply Reiki themselves. Or maybe you're just not ready for it yet. In that case you can always go for a treatment with a Reiki practitioner or Reiki Master.
The practitioner will be able to apply chair treatment, table treatment, or remote treatment.
A Reiki treatment focuses on recovery, removing (wrong) habits, trauma from the past, or emotional blockages that have a (negative) physical effect.
In this form of treatment, touch takes place, unless the person being treated explicitly indicates not to want this.
Both a self-treatment and a treatment by a Reiki Practitioner have no fixed duration. Depending on the necessity and the need, the duration of a treatment can vary. A short treatment can take half an hour, but a full treatment can easily be longer than an hour.
And we are not even talking about the debriefing between the practitioner and the recipient about the experiences gained during the treatment.
There are holistic practitioners who provide Reiki massages. This is not the way Reiki is intended and will therefore be less effective because the attention will then go more to the massage and not to the healing effect of Reiki.
Contrary to popular belief, Reiki, Massage and Meditation are indeed not the same.
But there are overlaps, similar goals. However, the methods differ and the philosophy behind them also has different origins.
We are happy to tell you about the possibilities of Reiki and let you experience how healing a treatment can be.