Reiki, which is pronounced ray-key, is a form of healing that uses the careful placement of the healer's hands on the client's body, directing healing energies from the practitioner, through their hands to heal the client physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Essentially, the energy within the practitioner balances the energy within the client's body. Practitioners commonly use music specifically composed as Reiki music or the sounds from nature, such as falling water, to aid in the healing process.
Reiki has been practiced for centuries in other countries and cultures, but has only recently become widely known here in the United States. The Reiki method of healing and restoring balance blends well with the ideals that embrace whole foods, yoga, meditation and nature as essential parts of a healthy lifestyle. With the growing interest in healthier living and holistic medicine, Reiki is becoming much more widely available and understood.
Reiki music is often lumped into the "New Age" category of music, but shouldn't be dismissed as just another type of music at all. Reiki music is unique in that it isn't a style of music or a genre related to specific instruments. In fact, it isn't even restricted to any specific style, either. Almost any soothing, relaxing and non-intrusive type of music could be used during a Reiki healing session.
Practitioners choose Reiki music based on the type of healing they are working toward, their client's personality and mindset and even their own attitude and needs. The Reiki music is not only for the client's benefit, but also the practitioners. It is believed that the wrong music, no matter how soothing or beautiful, could distract the practitioner and even block the healing energies needed for a successful session.
Although any music that soothes and relaxes could essentially be used in Reiki healing sessions, there is a great deal of music that is composed specifically to be used as Reiki music. Many of the composers of Reiki music are devotees or even practitioners of Reiki healing and are committed to providing music that will aid both the practitioner and client in achieving the right frame of mind needed for healing. By working to relax and free up the mind, Reiki music is thought to aid in opening the flow of energies between practitioner and client.
There are several different CDs of Reiki music available. These can even be used at home, outside of a Reiki healing session, to aid in meditation sessions, the practice of yoga or just opening and relaxing the mind. Many people purchase CDs of the Reiki music used by their practitioners, to continue the healing process and prolong the feelings of wellbeing and peace that Reiki healing provides.
Because Reiki music comes in many varieties and uses many different instruments, it's an easy matter to find something for your personal use that will suit your tastes and needs. Whether for use in a yoga class, a meditation group or your own home meditation, Reiki music is soothing, relaxing and promotes a sense of serenity.