WHAT IS REIKI?
Reiki originated thousands of years ago and was re-discovered in the 20th century by Mikao Usui. Pronounced ‘Ray Key,’ it is a safe, gentle and non-invasive energy healing system that works holistically on the mind, body and spirit. The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese words which translates as ‘universal life force energy’ and it is a natural method of stress reduction and relaxation. Reiki is a simple but powerful technique, administered by a Reiki practitioner through the placement of hands on the body or held slightly above the body over various energy points. The practitioner is simply the channel for the Reiki energy to unblock, direct and rebalance the natural energy flow so that it can flow smoothly, this strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal itself on all levels and aids general wellbeing. Reiki is a one-way energy flow from the practitioner to the recipient of pure unconditional love and divine light energy from source.
HOW DOES REIKI WORK?
Science is starting to try and explain how Reiki works with Quantum Physics, which has discovered that energy truly is the basis of life; Eastern medicine has always worked with this energy, which is known to flow through all living things and is crucial to wellbeing. The universal life force energy flows through the physical body and surrounding energy body (aura) via a network of meridians (energy lines) and chakras (energy points). These then supply tissues and organs with life sustaining energy that supports their vital functions. We are all made of this life energy and use it constantly – when Ki energy is high you feel healthy, happy, find things easier to deal with and have a higher resistance to illness and disease; however when Ki energy is low you are under stress, tired, unhappy, you find it more challenging to cope with life and become susceptible to illness and disease. Disruption to the body’s energy flow affects all levels of our being and reduces our ability to heal and function efficiently, so energy needs to flow freely around the body and Reiki helps this to happen. Reiki increases the life force energy flowing through the body which helps the body to heal on all levels by balancing chakras, dissolving energy blockages and facilitating deep relaxation and renewal, which triggers the body’s natural systems for healing. Reiki energy works with your own individual energy to bring about the best possible healing outcome for you as it is an intelligent energy. Reiki is often used alongside conventional care in hospices, hospitals and other healthcare settings.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A REIKI TREATMENT?
After a brief discussion to assess your needs for the current session you will be asked to lie down on the therapy couch and I will ensure you are comfortable with pillows, blankets and knee bolsters if required. All you then need to do is to close your eyes and relax, just allowing yourself to enjoy this special time to yourself, whilst I create the space for your body and mind to heal naturally. I will start the treatment by placing my hands gently on your shoulders to help you relax, I will then move my hands on to the head area including over the eyes, ears, temple, crown; you may have one or all of these areas treated. If it is a general wellbeing session then I will work from top to toe, placing my hands in each position for around 3 – 5 minutes, I work hands off the body around private areas for men and for women it is hands off around the chest and private areas, if you are uncomfortable with any position please let me know prior to the treatment so it can be adapted. If you have any areas of concern, illness or injury I will then move on to treat these areas, I also work intuitively to find and treat any energy blockages. When the treatment has come to an end, I will gently touch your shoulder and say your name to gently bring you back to everyday awareness. I will then offer you a glass of water to assist with the detoxing process and some time to sit and chat if you wish to about your treatment, during which I will offer you some simple aftercare advice to get the most out of your treatment.
HOW WILL REIKI BENEFIT ME?
Benefits cannot be guaranteed but through my experiences and client feedback, Reiki may help to: