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Similarities and Differences Between Massage and Reiki

Similarities and Differences Between Massage and Reiki

You may be surprised to know that a few of the licensed massage therapists at Elements of Rockville Centre are also certified Reiki practitioners. In this blog, we’ll discuss the similarities and differences between massage and Reiki.

What is Reiki?

The word “Reiki” is derived from two Japanese words: “Rei” which means “universal life,” and “Ki” which means “energy.” Although it sounds spiritual, Reiki is not associated with any particular religion.

The goal of Reiki is to ease tension and help the body heal physically and psychologically by promoting the free flow of energy

Note that this is just a brief description of what Reiki is in general. It has a rich history, and there are numerous types of Reiki.

What is Reiki Like?

Reiki involves light touch (sometimes no touch at all) with the practitioner’s hands on several locations on the body. Some describe the sensation as “static,” but in a relaxing way.

What are the Benefits of Reiki?

Reiki has numerous benefits, such as:

  • Stress relief
  • Improved overall well-being
  • Treatment of anxiety/depression
  • Chronic pain management
  • Headache relief

The Relationship Between Massage and Reiki

Key Similarities

Healing Benefits

You may have noticed that the benefits listed above are similar to the benefits of massage therapy. Each of them have closely related positive effects on the body and mind.

Complementary to Each Other

The practices are complementary. Many massage therapy schools teach Reiki techniques so graduates may utilize both healing methods to benefit their clients’ wellness as much as possible. The benefits of both techniques simply build upon each other to make you feel more relaxed.

Supplementary to Medical Treatments

It is important to note that, while massage and Reiki can have excellent effects on your overall well-being, they are not substitutes for conventional treatments. It is never safe to stop seeing your primary care physician simply because you’re receiving massage or Reiki.

In fact, you should always check in with your doctor prior to receiving any type of alternative medicine treatment, especially if you have any health complications.

Key Differences

Pressure Level

As we mentioned earlier, Reiki involves little to no pressure on the body. Instead, Reiki practitioners use their hands to gently channel the flow of energy within your body.

Massage therapy, of course, uses several different strokes, such as effleurage, petrissage and tapotement at various pressure levels in order to work your tissue and muscles.

Anatomy Education

Since Reiki is concerned primarily with the redirection of spiritual energy, Reiki practitioners on their own typically do not have formal training related to the body’s anatomy. Licensed massage therapists, however, take rigorous courses in anatomy.

Massage and Reiki complement each other brilliantly. If you’re interested in a massage with some Reiki involved, let us know when you book your appointment.

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