Reiki is a healing technique that was brought to the United States from Japan in the 1970s. It is thought to have roots in Tibetan culture, but has been practiced in many forms all over the Eastern world. The purpose of Reiki is to provide a form of “hands-on healing” to the client. The energy from the sessions opens up the chakras to promote wellness, relaxation, balance, and a release of negativity. Reiki is a natural way to increase a patient’s ability to be healed.
Reiki is a growing practice in the field of alternative medicine. Reiki’s ability to promote wellness has attracted the attention of medical facilities all over the world. More and more institutions are encouraging their staff to learn Reiki as a method of helping those with chronic illnesses.
While a typical Reiki session may involve stones, crystals, pendulums, herbs, oils, and a “scanning” of the client’s body, drumming can have added benefits. It can be not only a tool for scanning, but the sound and energy from the drum can increase the healing intent through accessing the mind's own power to heal. It can also bring in extra elements of healing and focusing energy, making the session much more valuable to client and healer alike.
When using a drum during Reiki, it is recommended that the drum be hand-held. Such drums include the Djembe, frame drum, and other small drums. The drum will be held over the client’s head, so it is important that the drum is light enough to hold comfortably without fear of slipping. Drums can be played with either a mallet or the hand. The sound, rhythm, and volume of the drum are of little concern as it is the energy produced by the drum that is important. The energy flow between the client and the practitioner is a kind of rhythm in its own. In a sense, both the practitioner and the client may be able to experience the sounds of healing by the inclusion of a drum in Reiki.
There are many different factors that go into the tools practitioners will incorporate into their Reiki sessions. These can include tradition, lineage, and knowledge. Many Reiki practitioners are constantly on the lookout for new ways to further their own healing abilities. These techniques improve both the healer’s quality of work, and the client’s experience. Drumming can be a way to take natural forms of healing and join them into a powerful wellness experience.