What is Reiki
Reiki is a Japanese word translated in the West as meaning Universal Life Energy. It is the living energy that surrounds your body and flows through every part of it. Learning to channel this energy you can heal yourself and others. It is the same life energy as in Tai Chi and Yoga. In both the chi flows through meridians and chakras in your body and spine, increasing its flow enhances well being and healing.
If you receive a reiki treatment you are putting your body in the best possible position to heal itself on every level – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Reiki is not attached to any religion or belief system, it does not conflict with individual beliefs but encompasses all. Reiki energy is very beautiful, possessing a Divine quality to it and it is a personal interpretation as to what that is.
Where does it originate
Dr. Mikao Usui was the founder of Reiki in Japan although he did not originally call it Reiki. He studied Buddhism and Zen in depth and developed his technique through meditation, his aim being spiritual enlightenment, healing was a bi product. He used mantra and meditations originally and today’s symbols were introduced later on (personally I use a mixture of both). It was not until 1850 when Japan opened itself up to the Western world that Reiki became known. Chujiro Hayashi was Dr. Usui’s successor who in turn taught Reiki to Hawaya Takato and she brought it to Hawaii, the United States, Canada and Europe.
Besides numerous physical and emotional problems, Reiki can also help with stress, anxiety, sleeplessness, emotional turmoil, depression, low spirits and unable to cope feeling. The universal energy is channelled into your body in order for the body to heal itself and will travel to where it is most needed.
What does a treatment feel like?
The session begins by lying on a couch, fully clothed, closing your eyes and listening to soothing music, which will help to produce a state of deep relaxation. The Reiki practitioner will gently rest their hands non-intrusively upon you in a series of positions from the top of your head to the your feet.
Each hand position will be held for a few minutes, during which the energy will flow into you, balancing your energy system, releasing stress, soothing pain and promoting your body’s natural ability to heal itself. It is a relaxing experience, some people fall asleep others feel warmth or heat. Occasionally there might be an emotional release of buried feelings and these can be dissipated in a safe environment.
The immediate benefits after treatment is that your body and mind will have become very relaxed. Tensions and stresses will be released from your body and your mind will be in a calm and positive state. Reiki can boost energy levels, raise spirits and enable you to cope with everyday problems. Sometimes there can be a short period of feeling down as blocked toxins are released from the body but overall Reiki brings your body back into balance.
The effectiveness of Reiki builds cumulatively and it is recommended to have between four to six sessions to gain the full benefit of healing. Reiki produces long term beneficial changes so that you do not have to keep coming back for endless sessions.
Attunements/ Initiations by arrangement
These are graduated and designed to enable you to: -
treat yourself (Reiki I)
heal others in person or from a distance (Reiki II)
and ultimately become a practitioner yourself (Reiki lll – Master)