What is Reiki?

shutterstock_124638994Reiki is a healing technique originating from Japan. The word Reiki is composed of two Japanese words Rei and Ki. There are many meanings for the word Rei in Japanese and therefore it is a little difficult to translate but it can be defined in this context as the Higher Intelligence that guides the creation and functioning of the universe. The word Ki or Chi translated means the non-physical energy which animates all living things. Ki is flowing in everything that is alive including plants, animals and humans. Therefore the word Reiki can be translated into “Universal Life Force Energy.” Reiki can be done anytime, anywhere as it is always available.  It is a non invasive, gentle therapy and safe to use on anyone of any age. It can also be used on animals, they tend to enjoy the Reiki energy and quite often drift off to sleep.

What happens during a Reiki treatment?

The client will lay fully clothed on the massage couch and encouraged to breathe deeply and relax. I will then start gently laying my hands in various positions on the body, sometimes touching the body and sometimes above. My hands may stay in position for several minutes before moving on to the next. You may be aware of me breathing deeply or sighing.

What may I feel during the Reiki treatment?

What may be felt differs from person to person and there is no “right” feeling. Generally Reiki is felt as heat, sometimes very hot, from the therapist’s hands. The client may feel tingles or mild pulsing or see colours. A very heavy feeling is often reported as is a floating feeling.

Treatments vary, bringing a different experience each time as the cumulative effect of Reiki allows the clients health and well being to improve.

How can Reiki help me?

Reiki may help with the following:

  • Stress, Tension, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Physical pain

Reiki may also assist you to:

  • Feel more relaxed and at peace with the world
  • Cope better with difficult and stressful situations
  • Raise self esteem and confidence
  • Realise a better quality of life