What is Reiki?
Reiki is an ancient, non-intrusive complementary therapy. A hands-on healing technique, Reiki enhances the body’s natural ability to heal itself on all levels. It helps restore balance and harmony to the mind, body and spirit. The energy involved in Reiki healing is Life force energy, the universal
energy that surrounds all life (people, animals, plants etc.). It is used throughout the world by people of all creeds and belief systems. Reiki can benefit everyone. The two ways to experience Reiki energy are to have a Reiki treatment from a Reiki practitioner or to learn how to use it for yourself.
Origins of Reiki
Reiki originated in Japan. As in many disciplines from the East, it is noted that when the Ki (Life Force Energy) is free-flowing, people are generally healthier and happier. Reiki has flourished in the Western World and is now widely used in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, schools and by many individuals for personal healthcare and well-being. Reiki compliments and enhances medical treatments but is not a substitute for medical care. Some doctors and vets now use Reiki alongside their conventional practice.
How Reiki works
We all have an energy field (aura) surrounding our physical body. As we go through life we place demands on our energy field. During a Reiki treatment this energy field can re-energise, restoring the natural balance of the body, providing deep relaxation and bringing a sense of peace and well-being. It is called universal life energy because it draws upon the healing energy of the universe rather than the energy of the practitioner. The Reiki practitioner has been professionally trained to channel the Reiki energy. Reiki will pass through clothing, bandages, plaster casts or braces so anyone can avail of a Reiki treatment.
Your Reiki practitioner will complete a simple consultation form with you and explain how Reiki works. Reiki is non-intrusive, the client always remains fully clothed during a treatment. In warm, comfortable surroundings with relaxing music playing the Reiki practitioner follows a sequence of hand positions over the body. Generally clients can feel a deep sense of relaxation, heat, tingling, coolness and energy flowing during a Reiki treatment. A session usually lasts one hour. Someone who has a chronic condition is usually advised to have a weekly Reiki treatment for four to six weeks for the energy to build up in the system. People with acute conditions may notice lasting improvements after two treatments. No two treatments are the same, as Reiki works on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.