An Introduction to Reiki


Ms. Rosanne Bostonian, Ph.D., has practiced in the helping professions for many years. Ms. Rosanne (Roseanne) Bostonian, Ph.D., now maintains an independent healing practice in which she draws on her background as a Reiki master.

Reiki is a Japanese healing art targeted at reducing stress and promoting the circulation of life energy. The term itself comes from the Japanese words “rei,” which translates to “God’s wisdom” or “higher power,” and “ki,” which means “life force energy.” The full term thus translates to life force energy guided by a higher power, and this guidance takes place through the hands of the Reiki practitioner.

In a Reiki session, the practitioner places his or her hands over or gently on the client’s body. Practitioners believe this provides a natural support for the client’s ki, which causes illness and discomfort when disrupted. Practitioners also believe that such disruption results from negative thoughts and feelings that collect in the vital organs of the body. Reiki is thought to restore positive intention to the client, and in turn, remove the blocks and restore health.


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