Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy.
The origins of Reiki date back to the late 19th or early 20th centuries and the teachings of a Japanese monk named Mikao Usui, who based his healing techniques on methods and philosophies drawn from several traditional Asian healing practices.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". This energy is known as 'Ki' in Japan, 'Chi' in China and 'Prana' in India.
The energy system is composed of energy 'bodies' which surround our physical body. These bodies contain energy centres called chakras, which are like valves and allow the energy to circulate through our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies.
The energy system also includes energy meridians which are a path through which the life force energy flows, and these also assist in balancing our body’s systems and functions.
The meridian system is a key concept in traditional Chinese medicine and was first described in the Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Medicine which was published around 100 BC in China.
Each meridian channel has multiple acupuncture points that affect various organs, areas or body systems, and there are approximately 400 acupuncture points in the body.
If any point of this system is blocked or weak, this could result in, or exacerbate physical and emotional symptoms.
Reiki practitioners aim to move and balance the energy fields within and around your body, and to remove any energy blocks, which encourages physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual healing and strengthens your energy.
During a treatment, the clients remain fully clothed. Practitioners will put their hands on, or a few inches above, your body, and during the treatment they will move their hands across your body.
Each person experiences different sensations during the treatment, and this can vary from session to session. You might feel a tingling sensation, a deep relaxation, or warmth or coolness throughout your body, or, you might not feel anything at all. If you don’t feel anything this doesn’t mean that the treatment isn’t working.
As well as practising Reiki on clients, I have also found that it is extremely effective for animals as well. Please contact me if you would like to discuss or arrange treatment for an animal.