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What is Reiki?

Reiki (ray-kee) is a safe, simple yet very powerful, hands on light-touch technique that reduces stress, promotes wellbeing and healing and brings the mind and body back into a relaxed and balanced state. It 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 the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners know that we all have the ability to connect with our own healing energy and use it to strengthen the energy within ourselves and to help others. If one's life energy is strong and flowing freely one's body and mind will be in a positive state of health and one will be happy. If one's life energy becomes weak or blocked then this can lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.

A Reiki session is a wonderfully relaxing and nurturing experience. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind, and spirit, creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many people will have sessions to enhance their wellness, thus it is not just for illness.

How does Reiki work?

Everything in the universe is made up of energy. Each of us is filled and surrounded by this energy which is called Universal Life Force Energy. It is essentially the essence of our being and that which gives life and consciousness. This energy moves around and through us constantly and is utilised in our bodies to nourish every cell, organ and gland. This energy also radiates from our bodies and is called the human energy field (or aura).
If there is a disruption of our bodies life force energy then one may become more susceptible to discomfort, further illness and disease. Disruption of the life force energy can occur when it is depleted, imbalanced or restricted by stress and "holding" injury, illness etc. When one's energy is restored and vital one is more likely to feel relaxed an one's body's own innate healing abilities are kick started and utilised for healing.
Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where negative energy and feelings are attached. This causes the disrupted energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way.

Who can benefit from Reiki?

Reiki can be given to people, animals, plants...etc, all living things. It can also be used with inanimate objects, such as food or medicine, to support the healing/nurturing properties of the substance, as well as minimizing the effects of any harmful properties.

People utilise Reiki for a wide variety of health and wellbeing related purposes e.g stress reduction, stress related ailments, anxiety, emotional balancing, self esteem, mental clarity, maintaining general wellness, making or handling changes in your life, relationships (single, couples, families), past trauma, fatigue, problems sleeping, pre and post surgery (relaxation before surgery, reduce recovery time and help with pain management), help to reduce side effects of medications or treatments (including individuals with cancer), living with chronic conditions, mental, emotional, physical and spiritual healing, improving immunity and many more.

Is Reiki healing safe?

Yes, Reiki is both safe and effective. Literally millions of people have benefitted from the healing touch of Reiki. Reiki is an appropriate treatment for all ages from infancy to the elderly. Reiki is used in hospitals, nursing homes and hospice programs. There are many nurses who have trained in Reiki for the benefit of their patients.

Reiki can be confidently given to pregnant women and is of great benefit in reducing stress and lowering blood pressure. Reiki will not harm the unborn baby but if you are uncomfortable with giving Reiki to your foetus then the Practitioner can ensure that only you receive the healing.

Reiki is also wonderful for children and they are often very open to receiving the Reiki energy given their lack of social blockages toward such therapies. A wonderful way to bond with your children is to learn Reiki yourself and be able to assist when they are unwell.

Do you have to believe in Reiki for it to work?

The Reiki energy will work regardless of whether one believe sin it or not. However, one may better support your own healing process by allowing the energy in. If you choose to resist Reiki you will not receive the Reiki energy.

What happens during a session?

You may be asked to lay comfortably on a massage table on your back with your shoes removed. Reiki can be performed with the client sitting comfortably in a chair as well. Unlike massage therapy, no articles of clothing are removed; loose, comfortable clothing is suggested. A session can either be hands-on, where a Practitioner will apply a light touch during the session, or hands-off where they will hold their hands slightly above your body. If you prefer not to be touched then you can indicate this to the practitioner before they begin. The practitioner's hands are placed along energy centres and pathways on the head, neck, chest, abdomen, legs, feet and back. 

How often does one need a session?

Reiki is safe and gentle and can be received on a daily basis without any harmful side effects. If a client's condition is chronic, then more sessions should be considered to assist with pain reduction, stress management and emotional discomfort. If the the client has a general sense of well-being, then fewer sessions may be appropriate. Also, in the healing of unwanted habits and addictions, the client may need to have several sessions to see significant benefits.

For general well being treatments on a monthly basis are recommended

What can I expect to feel?

What one experiences during a Reiki treatment varies somewhat from person to person. However, feelings of deep relaxation are usually felt by all. In addition, many feel a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and surrounds them. As the Reiki energy encourages one to let go of all tension, anxiety, fear or other negative feelings a state of peace and well-being is experienced. Some drift off to sleep or report floating outside their bodies or have visions and other mystical experiences. At the end of the treatment, one feels refreshed with a more positive, balanced outlook.

Is Reiki a substitute for traditional medicine?

 Reiki works in conjunction with regular medical or psychological treatment. If one has a medical or psychological condition, it is recommended that one see a licensed health care professional in addition to receiving Reiki treatments. Reiki energy works in harmony with all other forms of healing, including drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method of alternative care and will improve the results.

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