What is reiki?
Reiki is an energy-based, non-invasive, drug free system of natural healing created in Japan by Mikao Usui in the early 20th Century. The word Reiki is variously translated as “Universal” or “Sacred Energy”. It is similar to “chi” (China) and “prana” (India) but has a different feel to either of these.
It boosts the body’s natural energy to clear any blockages in the energy system, calms the mind and aids the release of emotions that are preventing the body being in balance. This often brings the client a sense of greater energy, calm and peace at the end of a session.
Reiki is not only the energy used within the healing, but also a system of practices of meditation, self-healing and spiritual development shared by Mikao Usui.
What can it treat?
Reiki stimulates the clearance of emotional blockages to promote a strong sense of well-being, which can allow the natural healing mechanisms to function. It would be misleading to say that it cures things. It can be beneficial in times of stress, whether emotional or physical, at times when a person feels run down. Clients have reported feeling relaxed and calm, with the effects lasting for days after the treatment.
Reiki can support other forms of treatment, both conventional and complementary; however, it should not be used as a substitute to conventional medicine.
What to expect
Each session will start with a short conversation, to discuss your current situation and aims for the treatment, before the Reiki begins.
For the treatment itself, the client remains fully clothed, however it is important to feel comfortable: this usually means removing shoes and lying on a massage couch. Contact Lens wearers may wish to bring a container to put them in for the treatment as most people close their eyes for the duration of the treatment. Reiki is then given through a series of positions over the body with each position being held for several minutes. These positions eventually cover the entire body, so your whole body is treated. Most of the hand positions do not require physical contact, however there are a number might, these will be explained at the start of the treatment and can be adapted if contact is not desired.