What is Reiki?
Reiki is Japanese for ‘universal life energy’, and used to describe a system of natural healing. This tradition was founded by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication.
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 wellbeing. Imbalances within the body create the underlying causes of ill health and restoring balance places the body back to the optimum condition to heal and recover.
Reiki treatment is a process that anyone can enjoy in the normal course of their life. it can be used alongside other conventional or complementary treatment and often helps to provide emotional support during recovery.
There are many variations of Reiki, but in essence all treatments can help the body emotionally or spiritually. It is a tradition that is open to any belief system.
What happens in a Reiki treatment?
The method of receiving treatment is simple. You remain clothed and lie on a couch or sit on a chair and relax. Your practitioner then gently places their hands in a series of non-intrusive positions on or near your body. There is no massage or manipulation involved. It is a ‘whole person’ treatment rather than dealing with individual areas.
A single session may be sufficient, but it is best to discuss this with your practitioner. For instance, if you have long standing emotional or spiritual issues, a series of sessions may be beneficial.
Your Reiki practitioner is not trained to diagnose and will not predict any specific outcome from treatment. If you are concerned about your symptoms you should consult your GP.
What do treatments feel like?
Every person experiences Reiki differently depending on their individual needs at the time.
Not everybody will feel “sensations” during a treatment. Benefits reported by other patients include deep relaxation promoting a calm, peaceful sense of wellbeing on all levels. 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.
How will Reiki help me?
Reiki is a safe and soothing treatment that can be:
Comforting when life is tough
The relaxing nature of the treatment can be very helpful especially at difficult times in our lives. We can all feel overwhelmed or disconnected, sometimes there is a real sense of isolation, both emotionally and spiritually. Treatments can bring feelings of peace, centeredness and an ability to cope better with the challenges of life.
Treatment can be beneficial in circumstances that are short term, but can also support people dealing with long-standing conditions, helping to bring comfort, acceptance and a more positive outlook.
Supportive during pregnancy
Reiki can be wonderful for pregnant women. Treatments can be very relaxing and enjoyable for the mother.
Calming for children
Children usually love Reiki. The length of a session is often shorter than it would be for an adult.
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