Reiki's Healing Touch
Photography by: Monica Hellstrom
Reiki is a spiritual practice, not a religion, and even skeptics can use it to improve their energy and well-being. "Belief is irrelevant," Miller says. "I do reiki on people who have no clue what it is. Nor do you have to believe in God for it to work." However, a belief in improving the self, as noted in the Reiki Ideals (see below), can greatly enhance your results.
At the very least, reiki imparts a sense of relaxation. "People usually will feel more peaceful, and that will tend to last for a couple of days after the treatment," Rand says. Indeed, one report on reiki, published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, found that the effects of six weekly 60-to-90-minute treatments lingered for a full year.
EXPECT A TREATMENT to take from 45 to 90 minutes; the cost is about the same as for a full-body massage ($15 to $100, depending on your location, Rand says). To find a teacher, contact the International Association of Reiki Professionals (iarp-reiki-association.com; 603-881-8838) or The International Center for Reiki Training (reiki.org; 800-332-8112).