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What is Reiki?

Reiki is Japanese meaning (‘Rei’) ‘Wisdom’, ‘Universal Power’, ‘Higher Power’ or ‘Spiritual Awareness’ and (‘Ki’) ‘Life force’, ‘Internal Energy’. It is believed to have originated as a Tibetan Buddhist practice. Reiki is a non-intrusive ancient form of complementary, holistic healing which is a safe and natural way of treating many acute and chronic conditions. Reiki is ‘healing energy’ and the Reiki practitioner channels this ‘life energy’ through the hands to the recipient where it activates the recipient’s natural ability to self-heal. Reiki heals more than just the physical body, the healing takes place on all levels. There is no belief system attached to Reiki so anyone can receive or learn to give a Reiki treatment, the only prerequisite is the allowance of the healing.

Reiki for whom?

People who suffer from regular pain, anxiety or other stress related symptoms as well as people suffering from cancer benefit from this treatment. It brings about mental and emotional wellbeing. Reiki is suitable for everyone including the very young, the elderly and animals and if you are already in good health it will help you stay that way. It is possible to heal at any level of being: physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. Acute injuries can be helped to heal very quickly but a chronic illness takes longer. Reiki is not recommended for people how have a pacemaker and we do not recommend this therapy for pregnant women either.

How does Reiki heal?

The ‘life force’ responds to thoughts and feelings and becomes disrupted when someone accepts, either consciously or unconsciously, negative thoughts or feelings. These negative thoughts and feelings attach themselves to the energy field and cause a disruption in the flow of ‘life force’. This diminishes the vital function of the organs and cells of the physical body. Reiki heals by flowing through the affected areas of the energy field and raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body. The release of tension and blockages then allow the natural flow of energy through the body, releasing toxins and waste products as the blockages leave. Once the blockages are removed; the ability to receive, hold and store more energy increases, thus allowing the ‘life force’ to flow in a healthy and natural way.

What does the treatment involve?

The recipient lies on a couch and relaxes; if a person is unable to lie down the treatment can be given in a sitting position. The main factor for the recipient is to be as comfortable as possible. There is no need to remove any clothing, as Reiki will pass through anything, even plaster casts. Wearing natural fabrics is best (cotton, wool, or linen).

You may also be asked to remove any jewellery (rings, bracelets, pendants, etc.) prior to the session, so consider leaving these items at home. The practitioner gently places their hands, non-intrusively, in a sequence of certain positions on or over (as preferred) the body. During the treatment you might experience a sensation of gentle heat or tingling as the energy starts flowing.

After a treatment

The recipient’s self-healing ability is enhanced. Immediately after a Reiki session, we suggest the recipient takes some time to enjoy the deep state of relaxation and to slowly come back to full awareness. (Some people might be too relaxed to drive, for example, till say 15 minutes afterwards.) The recipient can expect the body to detoxify in the following two days. People might have to go to the bathroom more frequently, or their skin might release toxins. To help the detoxification process a Reiki recipient should drink plenty of water after the treatment, and over the following few days. Taking more rest in the days after the treatment is recommended.

Further treatment

The number of sessions needed depend on the length of time the recipient has been dealing with his/her condition.