What is Reiki?
Reiki is an ancient eastern form of hands-on energy healing.
Dr Mikao Usui, a Japanese scholar from the 19th century, rediscovered the essence of Reiki in ancient Buddhist teachings written in Sanskrit sutras. Reiki, literally translated, means ‘Universal Life Force Energy’.
Like other complementary therapies which work with this life force, such as acupuncture and shiatsu, Reiki works as a preventive and curative therapy, stimulating the body’s ‘chi’ or ‘intrinsic life energy’ that flows throughout and around our body. We all have an energy field around us, which is connected to our physical body through powerful energy centres called chakras. A diseased condition exists in this energy field and when this energy is blocked, our health systems are diminished and we feel ‘stressed’. When stresses are prolonged, our internal functions can become disrupted. Suppressed, painful emotions from our past, even from our childhood, can affect our present behaviour, confidence, health, relationships and state of mind. Reiki is simple, safe and works on the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional levels. Reiki helps release and transform past suffering and stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal.
Reiki healing can promote & help:
- Boost the immune system
- Alleviate aches and pains
- Calm the nervous system
- Relieve stress & tension
- Ease depression & anxiety
- Promote relaxation
- Help heal faster after surgery
- Improve quality of sleep
- Help improve confidence
- Help with bereavement
- Support recovery from effects of traumas (ie abuse/accident)
- Help find our purpose in life
- Help with our Spiritual path
- Promote Chakra balancing
- Ease emotional and psychological conditions
- Heal the body, mind, spirit and emotions
Reiki healing sessions:
Reiki treatments are on an individual basis and usually last about one hour. The receiver lies fully-clothed on a treatment couch or sits in a chair if preferred and the Reiki practitioner will gently places their hands in various positions on, or just above the client’s body. Experiences during a treatment vary from one person to another. You may feel pleasant sensations of warmth, coolness, tingling or other physical sensations. You may experience a very deep sense of peace and relaxation; feel underlying emotions; go into a refreshing sleep; see images or colours; recall memories or receive inspiration on how to resolve a current problem.
Reiki healing sessions are very relaxing. Following a session, clients feel invigorated, with a sense of wholeness and a calm state of body, mind and spirit. It takes a few days for the energies to be fully absorbed and on rare occasions a client may feel some temporary healing reactions after the first treatment as toxins and negative emotions are released from the body. During that time a client may feel just a little worse for a short while, which indicates that they are releasing the cause of the symptoms. Drinking plenty of water after sessions helps to flush toxins out of the system and to minimise side effects.
Many people receive Reiki on a regular basis – it is like having a regular MOT for body and soul!
Reiki is recognised as therapy by the NHS and doctors can refer patients to Reiki Practitioners.