Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a gentle form of balancing energy therapy where the therapist places their hands on or near your body as you sit or lie fully clothed on a chair, couch or bed. Reiki is also able to be sent to someone who is remote from the therapist. In this case I would arrange a time with you when you are able to relax fully and receive the Reiki energy.
The word Reiki is Japanese and comes from Rei (Universal wisdom) and Ki (life force energy).
“Unity of self through harmony and balance”.
Modern Reiki is usually accredited to Dr Mikau Usui who was born in 1865 although prior to him there is evidence of at least 4 other styles of Reiki healing in Japan. Usui Sensei’s teachings were very much about teaching people how to heal themselves, spiritually, emotionally and physically. His Training Centre in Harajuku, Aoyama, Tokyo, was a dojo, which means a place of learning for spiritual and physical growth. The motto for his dojo was “Unity of self through harmony and balance”.
Who can be treated with Reiki?
Reiki can be used by people and animals and is very safe and gentle. New-born babies, pregnant mothers, frail and the elderly can all be treated safely and feel the benefits of this gentle natural therapy without negative side-effects.
You do not have to be in the same place as the therapist to receive Reiki as it can be sent to you at a convenient time through distant healing. This is just as powerful although it is difficult to explain as nobody is sure yet how it works.
As Reiki is just energy it is believed it works on a transmitter and receiver system using the electro-magnetic field of the body and the earth and can travel just like radio waves and mobile phone calls do.
What does a treatment feel like?
Every individual’s experience of Reiki is unique to them and it can change between sessions. Reiki is a very relaxing and pleasant experience. Some people feel nothing at all on their first session, but most often clients report warmth or heat, tingling and other physical sensations and sometimes see colours or shapes. The Reiki works regardless of whether the receiver feels anything or not.
During a treatment most people like to chill out, close their eyes and relax, perhaps listening to music, but it’s also fine to chat if that’s what you want to do. I will place my hands on or just above your body and may move to different areas or stay in one position for a while. Reiki flows to wherever it is needed in the body and it can’t be overdosed as it stops when balance is achieved, after the session you are advised to take things easy and drink plenty of water.
Most people feel very relaxed afterwards and report improved sleep. Occasionally, in the days following there may be a short-lived healing reaction with mild cold like symptoms, tiredness or an emotional release. This can be is the body’s way of dealing with the release of toxins & negative energy.
If you have any concerns you should of course contact your GP as you would do normally.
How many treatments should I have?
This is down to personal choice and I would suggest you follow you own instinct about this. Some people like to book a few initial sessions then move on to an occasional session as they feel they need. Others like to have a regular session booked in. There is no right or wrong
What can be treated with Reiki?
Stress and chronic or long term conditions respond particularly well to Reiki treatment, but it can be used for a wide variety of issues or just as a relaxation treatment. Prolonged periods of stress affect the body physically and mentally and weaken the immune system. Reiki allows the body to move from a “Fight or Flight” state of stress to a “Rest and Repair” mode that allows healing and boosts the immune system. As most physical problems have an emotional element it is beneficial for many different illnesses and issues.
What are the Benefits of Reiki?
It benefits sleep patterns, boosts energy levels, reduces pain and physical symptoms such as nausea and headaches and improves digestion, reduces anxieties and improves mood. It is a safe, non-invasive therapy treatment that can be used for humans of any age and it is also beneficial to animals.
Reiki balances the body mind and spirit and can be used alongside conventional medical treatment and other complementary therapies. It is now widely recognised by traditional western medicine and is used in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK such as University College London Hospital, Aintree University Hospital Liverpool, Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge, Eden Valley Hospice Carlisle, Wigan NHS Trust and St John’s Hospice Lancaster.
Distant Reiki is also known as Absent Healing and is a method of receiving a Reiki treatment without the Reiki Practitioner being physically with you. It can be done at a time to fit in with you, when you are able to fully relax and receive the energy.
Distant Reiki is a difficult concept to explain and it is sometimes met with disbelief or a large dose of scepticism. I will try to explain it as best I can but, having received it myself, I and many others can say that it definitely works and is just as powerful as a face to face session!
Reiki is a form of Universal energy and as such it isn’t limited by time and space, some people refer to this as the Quantum perspective. From a traditional Japanese Reiki perspective, Reiki Absent Healing focuses on offering Reiki from a state of Oneness, or connection to everything. In this way, you’re feeling one with another person and sharing Reiki this way.
Most people have no problem with accepting the validity of other forms of invisible energy such as radio waves, WIFI and mobile phone transmissions that were at once considered inconceivable. I believe that this is just another way of transmitting and receiving energy. Luckily for us, belief has no impact on effectiveness – Reiki works whether we believe in it or not, we simply need to be open to receiving the energy.
Distant Reiki sessions are convenient and can be booked at a time to suit you. They are suitable for any age and can also be booked for animals that also seem to enjoy this gentle therapy.