What is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced Ray-Kee) is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy, a name given to the Usui System of Natural Healing. Reiki originated in ancient Tibet and it was rediscovered in the late 1800s by a Japanese Buddhist Dr. Mikao Usui who established its principles. Reiki is all about channelling this "energy" and it is used to assist healing on all levels - physical, mental and emotional. It is not a substitute for conventional medicine but it plays a very valuable role alongside.
What are the Benefits of Reiki?
Since it originated, Reiki has been shown to help successfully with most problems and disorders. Ranging from the emotional to the physical to the spiritual, Reiki can play a role. Whether you are experiencing stress or tension, fatigue or general lethargy, Reiki can boost your overall energy levels, make you feel more positive and bring back the balance into you life.
In my experience, Reiki seems to produce good “results” in almost all cases of:
·Stress, tension, anxiety and related symptoms
·Emotional turmoil and discord
·Feeling unable to cope
·Low spirits, depression
Although not a “treatment” for any specific diseases or disorders, Reiki can be given alongside conventional treatments and medicine.
Reiki is also suitable for children and they can also experience all the associated benefits. I would ask that a parent or guidian is present throughout the session.
What happens during a treatment?
A session is normally carried out with the client lying down on the couch or sitting, whichever they find more comfortable, in a calm and relaxing environment. There is no need to remove any clothing during the treatment although the removal of footwear is requested. If you wish you can listen to relaxing music throughout the treatment.
The Reiki Practitioner places their hands on or above the client’s body in a series of positions allowing the Reiki energy to be channelled to the client who will draw in as much Reiki as is needed.
Individuals experience different sensations as the energy flows. However, feelings of deep relaxation and contentment are usually felt by all. In addition, many feel the Reiki as mild tingling, warmth or coolness. The Reiki energy encourages them to let go of the tension, anxiety or negativity they may be feeling promoting a refreshed and positive outlook. In some cases the client may drift off in a light sleep.
It is advised following a treatment that the client takes time to relax and rest and drink plenty of water to aid any detoxification that may result following the treatment.