All about Reiki

What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is made up from two Japanese words; Rei meaning “universal” and Ki meaning “life force energy”. It is a natural, gentle and non-intrusive form of treatment that can relax, balance and then help to heal the whole person including the body, mind, emotions and spirit.

Where is it from?

Reiki was re-discovered by a Japanese Buddhist called Dr Mikao Usui in the early 1900s.   It was originally an ancient healing tool and was rediscovered by Dr Mikao Usui in Japan about 100 years ago.  His teachings spread to the western world and the Reiki knowledge is passed from Master to Student.  Each Reiki practitioner can then be traced back to the founder, using this lineage.

Reiki treatments

Receiving Reiki from a practitioner is a simple and deeply relaxing process.  You will sit on a chair or lie on a treatment table and relax.  The practitioner will then gently lay their hands on your body or hover their hands above the body in a series of hand positions over your head, torso and legs.  Each hand position is held for a few minutes whilst energy (called chi) is channelled to you.

During the treatment you will feel heat from the practitioner’s hands and at times a feeling of either tingling, floating or sinking can be sensed.  Each person will experience different sensations and whatever you feel during your treatment, Reiki is giving you what your body needs.

Benefits of Reiki

Everyone, from young to old including animals, can benefit from a treatment, or a course of treatments, depending on your state of health.  The powerful effects of Reiki can be felt over a fairly short space of time and can produce:

  • Deep relaxation
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Boosted energy levels
  • A feeling of inner calm, harmony and contentment
  • A speeding up of the natural healing process
  • Rebalanced emotions
  • Aids meditation and positive thinking

Reiki can also be used to aid healing for many ailments such as:

  • Headaches
  • Somach upsets
  • Back problems
  • Respiratory and circulatory problems
  • Muscular aches and pains

How many treatments will I need?

Reiki treatments can help with any condition, whether it it physical or emotional. A one-off treatment will benefit you, but the best results can be seen after having a course of treatments over a period of time.

Please note that Reiki is not a substitute for medical treatment. If you have any symptoms of illness you should consult your doctor. Reiki is a safe form of complementary therapy and will complement any other complementary therapy or medical treatment.