What is Reiki?

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The word “Reiki” comes from the Japanese words “rei” (universal) and “ki” (life energy).  It is also known as the Universal Life Force.

Reiki is an alternative therapy often referred to as energy healing. It is also known as palm healing or hands-on healing.

Although energy healing itself has been around for thousands of years, the current teachings were developed by a Buddhist Monk called Mikao Usui in 1922.  There are several different kinds of Reiki, eg Angelic Reiki or Karuna Reiki, but the most common form is known as Usui Reiki. 

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So how does it work?

Well, all living things are made up of energy.  When this energy moves unrestricted around the body, we feel a sense of harmony, balance and wellbeing.  However, if, for example, we suffer some form of physical injury or are in pain emotionally and mentally, this energy stops flowing freely.   It can become blocked around the area of the body in pain, and it is these energy blockages that can lead to illness.  

What Reiki does is targets those blockages by working on the energy fields around the body, helping with the flow and removing these blocks.  Bringing back the balance.

A practitioner channels positive energy into the recipient whose body intelligently takes that healing energy to where it needs to go the most.  A practitioner can also remove negative energy at the same time.  This powerful flow of positive energy may bring an almost immediate sense of comfort as tension is released, stress becomes less encompassing and negative energy is replaced with positive.

What happens in a Reiki session?

Reiki can be carried out anywhere, but it is generally best in a quiet and peaceful environment.  This can either by the practitioner’s home or rented space. 

On the initial visit, the practitioner will ask general health and medical history questions and ask why you are looking to have reiki.   On subsequent visits, the practitioner may ask for updates to see what effect the Reiki is having.

For the treatment itself, the recipient remains fully clothed, either lying down on a table or sitting in a comfortable chair, whatever they prefer.

The practitioner places their hands lightly on or over specific areas of the head and body of the recipient, during which time the energy transfer takes place.   The recipient should be asked which they prefer before the treatment begins.  The practitioner’s hands may feel warm to the recipient who may also feel tingling, warmth or coolness around their body.  They may also not feel anything: this does not mean that Reiki is not working!  What a recipient should not feel is pain or uncomfortableness, either from the Reiki itself of the practitioner’s touch.  There are a number of different hand positions used, each one held until the practitioner feels the energy stop and then moves to the next.

Sessions can last between 15 to 60 minutes depending on what comes up during the session.  Bear in mind the appointment time booked also includes health questions and reporting afterwards.   The number of sessions will depend on what is being treated but normally about 3 sessions is suggested to start with.  However, it is totally up to the recipient how many they choose.

Some Reiki practitioners will use also use crystals or chakra healing wands if they feel this enhances the healing.

As with many alternative therapies, it is suggested that the recipient drinks plenty or water after a session and avoids caffeine.

What kind of things can Reiki help with?

Reiki is a complimentary therapy, an adjunct to traditional western medicine.  It cannot cure but it can help alleviate many symptoms of conditions including cancer, anxiety, depression, autism, adhd and ME. Reiki is very relaxing and can assist with fear and stress, thereby helping with things such as headaches, nausea and sickness.   It can be used in pregnancy as it has a calming effect on both mother and child, and can be given to children and adults alike.  It can help rebalance if feeling disconnected or overwhelmed with life or an area of your life and can alleviate pain for physical illnesses or disabilities as well as invisible ones.

Distance Reiki

As well as receiving Reiki in person, there is the option of receiving what is called Distance Reiki or Absentee Reiki