What is Reiki?
Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energywork using spiritually guided life force energy. Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance. A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional. A session is pleasant and relaxing and is often utilized for one’s personal wellness.
Where does Reiki come from?
History of Reiki is believed to have been associated with Mikao Usui who attained enlightenment and healing ability in 1922. This happened whilst he was fasting and meditating on mount Kurama, in Kyoto, the ancient capital city of Japan. His tradition and methods were passed through several grandmasters of Reiki. All current information about Dr. Usui and history of Reiki originates from his Japanese students and the stories passed on orally. Today, Reiki takes many forms, however, The Usui System of Natural Healing is still the form most widely practiced all over the world. Practitioners and Master Teachers are trained through an initiation process where Masters pass on their knowledge and expertise to their students. The origins of Reiki need to be honoured while at the same time respecting the fact that the world is changing and people's needs are changing.
"Firstly, the mind must be healed, and secondly the body must be made sound. If the mind is healthy, conforming to a path of integrity, then the body becomes sturdy of its own accord." Usui Mikao (1865-1926)
What do Reiki Treatments do?
Reiki is a safe and a soothing treatment. The relaxing nature of Reiki can be very helpful to people 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. Reiki treatments can bring feelings of peace, centeredness and an ability to cope better with the challenges of life.
Reiki 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. Reiki has had a positive affect on all forms of illness and negative conditions. This includes minor things like head or stomach aches, bee stings, colds, flu, tension and anxiety as well as serious illness like heart disease, cancer, skin disease etc. The side effects of regular medical treatments have also been reduced or eliminated. This includes the negative effects of chemotherapy, post operative pain and depression as well as improving the healing rate and reducing the time needed to stay in the hospital. Reiki always helps and in some cases people have experienced complete healings which have been confirmed by medical tests before and after the Reiki treatments. However, while some have experienced miracles, they cannot be guaranteed. Stress reduction with some improvement in ones physical and psychological condition are what most experience. Reiki can be wonderful for pregnant women. Treatments can be very relaxing and enjoyable for the mother. Children usually love Reiki. The length of a session is often shorter than it would be for an adult. Animals also respond well to Reiki, they too seem to find it relaxing and soothing.
How is a Reiki treatment given?
In a standard treatment Reiki energy flows from the practitioners hands into the client. The client is usually laying on a massage table but treatments can also be given while the client is seated or even standing or in natural settings. The client remains fully clothed. The practitioner places her/his hands on or near the clients body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, and feet. Other, more specific positions may be used based on the clients needs. Each position is held for three to ten minutes depending on how much Reiki the client needs at each position. The whole treatment usually lasts between 45 and 90 minutes.
How much Reiki would I need?
A single session may be sufficient, but it is best to discuss this with your practitioner. Generally we would recommend 3 sessions, however, if you have long standing emotional or spiritual issues, a series of sessions may be beneficial.
"As running water smoothes the jagged edges of a rock until it is small enough to roll away, Reiki flows to the areas of need, soothing and supporting the body's natural ability to heal itself"