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Black Womxn Are Drawn to Reiki


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

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“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’s 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 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.


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.”


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