Reiki is the name of the system of natural healing which was re-discovered in Japan in the early 1900’s by Dr Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist Mystic and teacher. Dr. Usui was inspired to develop this healing system from ancient teachings after many years of study, research and meditation. He devoted the rest of his life practising and teaching Reiki, and today Reiki continues to be taught by Reiki Masters like myself who have trained in the tradition passed down from Master to student.
Although Reiki can be a very sacred experience for some people, no specific spiritual or religious beliefs, faith or philosophy are necessary in order to receive a treatment, it works in harmony with most belief systems. All that is required is an open mind and the desire for healing and change to take place in your life. Reiki is a gentle and powerfully effective form of natural hands on healing which works on every level of your being, spiritual, mental, emotional and physical.
What happens in a Reiki treatment
During the treatment the practitioner gently places their hands non-intrusively in a sequence of positions which cover all the main energy centres of the whole body. As a holistic therapy the whole person is treated rather than specific symptoms. Reiki healing can be given anywhere and at any time as no special equipment is required. The practitioner is a purely channel for the healing energy which is drawn through them by the need or imbalances in the recipient.
During the treatment some people notice a feeling of warmth, tingling sensations or a gentle feeling of waves of energy, while others are aware of particular colours or their emotions or thoughts. Most people experience a profound sense of peace and total relaxation, a sense of being cared for and nurtured. Sometimes the practitioners hands feel very warm, sometimes they feel quite cool. Each Reiki experience is as unique and individual as the recipient.
A full treatment usually takes 1 to 1½ hours with each hand position held for several minutes.
The Benefits of Reiki
Acute injuries can be helped to heal very quickly but some more chronic illness can take a while longer. With terminal illnesses, where there is no time for the progress of the disease to be reversed, there is usually great benefit and enhancement of the quality of life, which gives an immense sense of peace and acceptance during the time remaining.
Reiki is not a replacement for conventional medicine but can work alongside all other forms of treatment, both orthodox and complementary, to support and enhance their effects.
The treatments are suitable for anyone at any age, even small children, babies and the elderly. Plants and animals can also receive and benefit greatly from the gift of Reiki.