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What is Reiki, and Why are Black Women Embracing It So?

What is Reiki, and why are Black women embracing it so?  

In layman’s terms, Reiki is healing through energy transference. This form of alternative therapy originated in Japan in the early 20th century. It is based on the concept that the practitioner can channel healing energy into the patient’s body to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

It is considered a holistic therapy that can be used to complement traditional medical treatments. It is said to help reduce stress and anxiety, promote relaxation, relieve pain, boost the immune system, and aid in emotional healing. While some studies have shown positive results, the efficacy of Reiki is still debated among healthcare professionals.

Reiki was founded by Mikao Usui in the early 1900s, who developed the practice after years of studying Buddhism and other spiritual practices. The word “Reiki” comes from the Japanese words “rei,” which means universal or spiritual, and “ki,” which means life energy or vital force. 

Reiki is not a religion, and it does not require any specific beliefs or affiliations. While it might sound like a vague concept to understand until you experience it, more Black women are turning to Reiki as a form of healing. I spoke with several women to see what it was that attracted them to the practice. 

Close-up Of Therapist’s Hand Performing Reiki Treatment On Young Woman In Spa

Tami Curry, the owner of I’Mat Dream Brand and who was once a Reiki practitioner, says, “I was desperately struggling to survive, desperate enough to reach out to the unknown. I called out in prayer, begging for any aid to help me emerge from my despair.” Tami no longer performs Reiki on others because she says it takes a lot out of her, but at the time before, she says, “ Reiki was the answer I received, and though I may not use it to help others anymore, it remains in my toolbox, ever ready to be used to combat the darkness.” 

There are three levels of Reiki training, with each level building upon the previous one. Reiki practitioners can become Reiki masters and teach others how to use the practice. Another Reiki master, practitioner, and recipient Danielle Dumas of Lucy’s Apothecary, responded that she liked the practice because she loves its modality. “It (Reiki) allows us to move and release emotions, memories, and energies we didn’t realize we were still carrying,” explains Dumas. “It’s a tool that takes little effort but offers maximum efficiency.”

During a Reiki session, the practitioner uses their hands to transfer this healing energy to the recipient by lightly touching them or holding their hands or rather their palms near the body. They then shift the stagnant energy in the body. 

A third woman who prefers to go by Sassi J shared that in one of her sessions, I could have sworn someone was touching my feet, and when I asked her (her practitioner), it wasn’t her! My ancestors came to pay me a visit to help me!


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Francheska Felder
Francheska Felderhttp://swagheronline.com
Francheska "Fancy" Felder is the founder/publisher/EIC of SwagHer Magazine. She is a -Single mother of 3 -Libra - Trapping scribe -Lover -Mental health advocate - Country girl -Proud, liberated Black goddess ________________________________________ Long Bio: Francheska “Fancy” Felder is the owner of Fancy’s Thoughts and the award-winning publisher and editor-in-chief of SwagHer Magazine, a lifestyle and empowerment publication for the Black woman who likes to keep it real in life and business. The magazine doubles as a PR boutique offering public relations services and visibility coaching, and Fancy strategically executes brand campaigns for Black women CEOs, coaches, and authors. The former teen mom started the company in 2010 while working as an exotic dancer, but soon after, her love for empowering Black women led her to abandon that lifestyle. She has received awards for her work as a positive news publisher and journalist telling the stories of Black women and other informative news that the Black community finds relevant, including the severe topics of Black mental health and domestic violence. The podcast she co-hosts with Arnya T.M. Davis, Theories & Thoughts, also continues these conversations. Fancy publicly speaks about her battle with bipolar disorder with hopes of helping others begin their wellness paths. She also shares her mental health story in contribution to the I Am a Black Woman- Next Level anthology, an Amazon Best-Seller. In the summer of 2022, RallyUp Magazine, a mental health magazine, featured Fancy as their cover story, where she opened up about receiving her diagnosis. The McComb, Mississippi native is part of Facebook’s independent journalism project, Bulletin, where she publishes The Higher South, and she was a member of the NABJ Entrepreneur Academy powered by CafeMedia in 2021. The Glambitous Guide to Self-Love, Peace, and Confidence contributor is an avid learner and creative. Currently, she is attending Southern University A&M College, completing her bachelor's degree and rearing her three young adults. Fancy enjoys learning more about spirituality, Black history, and feminism in her free time, along with yoga and walking.

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