The Japanese word ‘Reiki’ (pronounced Ray Key) means Universal Life Force Energy. Eastern medicine has always recognised and worked with this energy, which is believed to flow through all living things and is vital to wellbeing. Acupuncture, Tai Ch’i and Yoga are also based on the free flow of this energy in a person.
The practice of Reiki is an original method of healing, developed by Mikao Usui in Japan early in the 20th century, which is activated by intention. Reiki’s natural healing energy works on every level, not just the physical, and promotes the body’s regenerative self healing ability.
Reiki is a non-invasive therapy whose purpose is to treat holistically and to restore homeostasis.
What should I expect during treatment?
The method of receiving a Reiki treatment from a practitioner is a very simple process. Following a consultation, you will be asked to lie on a massage table and relax. If you are unable to lie down the treatment can be given in a sitting position. There is no need to remove any clothing. The practitioner will gently place their hands non-intrusively in a sequence of positions which cover the whole body. The whole person is treated rather than specific symptoms. A full treatment usually takes 1 hour with each position held for several minutes.
The client’s system automatically draws in only as much Reiki energy as is needed, using it in whatever way is most appropriate at the time. Reiki may be felt as a flow of energy, mild tingling, warmth, coolness, other sensations, or nothing at all. Reiki is deeply relaxing, eases stress, and has a calming effect. The beneficial effects may be felt for several days. Reiki is a non-invasive therapy that can be used without fear of any side-effects or overdose. It may be used with confidence alongside conventional medication or natural remedies because it acts in a complementary way.