Energy, chi, flow, life force, prana, vitality, ruah, pneuma - there are many names and many traditions surrounding the concept of the ‘energy body’. The belief is simple: a person has a physical body that can be witnessed through physical, sensorial means (touch, sight, sound, taste, smell), as well as an energetic body that can be witnessed through cultivating a different set of sensitivities often called “extra-sensory perception”. The physical body and the energetic body are in a constant state of exchange.
How does this come into the praxis?
When one is fatigued, depressed, recovering from injury, trauma or disease, feeling confused or lost, or even just desiring a little boost and surge of energy, reiki can be a wonderful solution to increasing energetic charge and restoring flow. Energy needs to move freely. Water which cannot flow becomes stagnant and begins to breed bacteria, fungus, and other potentially toxic organisms - Energy is much the same. When it is flowing, it cleanses, purifies and fuels health. Reiki supports the flow of energy, promotes relaxation and creates a greater state of peace. I practice hands-on reiki which includes light touch and occasionally small movements.
These are personal beliefs. There are many possible ways to discuss these subjects. I make no claim that anything on these pages is universally true. It is based strictly on my experience, exposure, education and practice.