Reiki is a non-invasive complementary therapy, said to use natural energy flow for health and well-being. It’s gentle nature means that Reiki is suitable for all ages.
Origins of Reiki
Reiki was developed in Japan by Dr Mikao Usui in the early 1900’s. After some time on Mount Kurama in meditative retreat, he experienced “satori”, which can be translated as “enlightenment”.
The Reiki council (www.reikiregulation.org.uk) defines Reiki as “Universal Life Energy”, which describes the many systems of natural balancing.
Reiki is a non-invasive therapy, said to use energy flow from the practioner’s hands, when placed on or near the recipient.
The Japanese Reiki Kanji is made of 2 parts: “rei” meaning universal or spirit and “ki”, meaning energy or force.
Can everyone enjoy Reiki?
As Reiki is gentle by nature, it is suitable for all. However, as with all forms of complementary therapy, a full consultation is required.
Anyone can benefit from Reiki as it covers a range of conditions but it should not be regarded as a cure. Reiki is said to complement and enhance other forms of treatment.
What happens during a Reiki treatment?
Reiki may be used on the whole body or can be localised to a specific part of the body.
A full body treatment can last between 45 – 90 minutes, with a localised treatment lasting approximately 20 minutes.
You will remain fully clothed and typically be asked to lay on a massage table or be seated in a chair. Your therapist may need a few moments to enter into a calm state and will then place his or her hands on or near various parts of the body, including the head, torso, knees and feet. The hands will remain in each position at the discretion of the therapist before moving onto the next position.
Some practioner’s may follow a fixed set of positions whilst I and others allow my intuition to guide the movements between positions.
You may feel warmth, tingling and deep relaxation.
After your treatment, you may feel deeply relaxed. As Reiki is used to stimulate natural re-balancing, try to rest and enjoy the overall sense of well-being. Any tiredness or lack of concentration will soon pass.
Your sleep pattern may improve, becoming deeper. If it becomes disturbed, it will quickly settle.
Drink plenty of water – this helps to flush away toxins. Try to avoid alcohol and tobacco for at least 24 hours. If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to ask your therapist for advice.
Benefits of Reiki
Treatment with Reiki energy is said to help re-balance the whole person in mind, body and spirit and is a non-invasive holistic therapy.
Potential benefits of Reiki are believed to include: