What is Reiki?

“Reiki” (pronounced “ray-key”) is Japanese for ‘universal life energy’, a word used to describe a system of natural healing. This tradition was rediscovered by Dr Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication.

Reiki is approved by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and practitioners can now be found working alongside our doctors and nurses within our National Health Service providing pain relief and post-operative care.

Reiki is a practice that can help bring balance into your body. Therefore, it can have different effects on different people, depending on what is out of balance for each person. The effects more widely reported, in my clinical experience, are that the person feels deeply relaxed (body and mind), calm, it helps them with sleep and pain management (physical and emotional, e.g. grieving).

Reiki is used in many hospitals in the US and some in the UK. In a number of small studies it has been documented that Reiki can improve relaxation, anxiety, depression and can help with pain management (physical and emotional). It is this effect of deep relaxation created by Reiki that triggers your body into a self-healing mode.

Reiki is safe, there are no known medical contraindications.

We live in a world of energy that nourishes and maintains all living things. When this energy flows uninterrupted, there is balance and harmony within and around us, and we experience a sense of well being. Reiki treatments help to restore this flow of energy when it has been disrupted, and so your body’s natural healing ability is activated.

There is no belief system attached to Reiki so anyone can experience the benefits of having a treatment.

Reiki is approved by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and practitioners can now be found working alongside our doctors and nurses within our National Health Service providing pain relief and post-operative care.

What happens during a Reiki treatment?

The method of receiving Reiki is simple. The recipient remains clothed and lies on a couch and relaxes. The practitioner gently places their hands in a series of non-intrusive positions on the body (head, abdomen and back). There is no massage or manipulation and the whole person is treated rather than specific areas. A full session typically lasts 1 hour.

Reiki will automatically be drawn to where it needs to go and it will be received in the way that it is needed for your well-being.

Each person experiences Reiki differently depending on their individual needs at the time. Clients may or may not feel sensations during a Reiki treatment. You might go to sleep, and would almost certainly feel a sense of calm and relaxation. Some people feel sensations of heat, tingling, or experience seeing colours, whilst others can have an emotional response, indicating that shifts are taking place, allowing harmony to be restored.

Reiki gently clears blockages in your energy systems, which means that you may experience emotions being gently released or old memories arising from the past ready to be let go of. You may get a sense of clarity around certain issues or life decisions.

In essence, Reiki will automatically be drawn to where it needs to go and it will be received in the way that it is needed for your well-being.

Reiki practitioners are not trained in diagnosis and will not predict any specific outcome from treatment. If people are concerned about their symptoms they should see a doctor.

How can Reiki help me?

Are you feeling low? Stressed? Anxious? Are you in physical or emotional pain? Then Reiki can help you!

Reiki works on all levels of a person: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. It will flow to the areas of need, supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Reiki treatments can bring feelings of peace, centeredness and an ability to cope better with the challenges of life.

Benefits often reported by recipients include deep relaxation and promoting a calm, peaceful sense of well being. At a physical level, some people experience pain reduction. At an emotional level, it can often give support and relief to people going through stressful times.

Reiki works well when used alongside other conventional or complementary treatments and often helps to provide support during recovery.

How many treatments will I need?

This varies from person to person as everyone is unique. Acute problems are generally easier to deal with than chronic ones, so if your problem is long standing it may require treatments over a longer period of time.

For instance, if you have a long standing emotional issue, a series of sessions may be beneficial. If you are experiencing a particular health issue, having a stressful time at home, with work or in your relationships, a short term intensive course may support you through these challenging times.

Regular treatments bring greater clarity. You will become more in tune with your needs at all levels. You will know when your energy is low and when you need a top-up.

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