Wellness Massage

The Similarities and differences of Reiki and Massage

Healing hands and positive energy.

Both Reiki and Massage are systems of natural healing that focus on body energy, and today Reiki massage is a common and effective treatment as well.
If you’ve ever had a great massage, you understand how you can feel both relaxed and invigorated at the same time. This seeming polarity of emotions allows you this feeling of well being because a massage loosens muscles, increases oxygen and blood flow throughout the body, and encourages the free flow of the body’s own energies, or “Chi.”
The Japanese healing art of Reiki has similar practical purposes—to increase and free the unbalanced energy flow in the body and increases a person's suply of life energy. But while massage is more vigorous and manipulates the muscles, Reiki is administered though the hands of a Reiki proactitioner with the client lying fully clothed on a massage table, and touch sometimes merely the proximity of the healer’s hands to particular parts of the body, using 12 to 20 prescribed hand positions, depending on the training tradition. Today there is a hybrid treatment, known as Reiki Massage. (link to my services.) where the client benefits from the combiation of both techniques together.
While massage is one of the oldest forms of medical treatment, first recorded in China more than 2,000 years ago, Reiki is a recently developed practice,  in 1922 by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Budisth. He gave treatments and passed his training on to a generation of about 16 Reiki Masters, one of them was Hawayo Takata who brought Reiki to the West in 1937, who continued to practice and teach it to others as Usui Reiki.

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