What is Reiki?
Reiki is a holistic Japanese healing therapy which promotes stress relief, deep relaxation, and physical and emotional healing. This healing method isn’t linked to any religion or particular belief and was founded by Dr Mikao Usui who opened his first Reiki clinic and school in Tokyo in 1922.
How does Reiki work?
Reiki is a positive healing therapy that only works in a beneficial way, but Reiki practitioners don’t diagnose illness or offer a prognosis for an existing condition.
To enjoy good physical and emotional health, energy needs to flow freely around your body. Ill-health, stress, anxiety and other negative emotions cause energy to become blocked and unbalanced, and you no longer function at your best.
During a Reiki treatment your body receives positive Reiki energy which can release blocked energy, replace depleted energy and rebalance your energy levels, thereby improving physical and emotional wellbeing and vitality. This can also reduce stress, promote a positive attitude, boost your immune system, and accelerate the body’s natural healing abilities. Reiki could also help reduce symptoms of ongoing health conditions.
Reiki works well in conjunction with traditional medical treatments and can help relieve unpleasant side effects, pain and anxiety, and accelerate recovery time following injury or surgery. The Cancer Research UK website contains information about Reiki and numerous hospitals and treatment centres offer Reiki to patients.
What happens during a Reiki treatment?
Reiki treats all of you: your body, mind, emotions and the very essence of who you are, your spirit.
Treatments last an hour, but your first treatment will be longer as it includes an initial consultation.
You’ll be fully clothed so wear something comfortable. You’ll lie relaxed with your eyes closed, and I’ll hold my hands a few inches away from different areas of the front, and then the back, of your body. This channels the Reiki energy into your body, which feels deeply relaxing and peaceful. It’s common to experience warmth in areas of your body and other sensations can include coolness, tingling, slight pressure and floating. Some people experience a physical sensation as blocked/stagnant energy is released from their body and can also experience a release of buried emotion, followed by feelings of peace and calm. There is no right or wrong way to experience Reiki, and you’re receiving the Reiki energy irrespective of any feelings you do or don’t experience.
How will I feel after a treatment?
Most clients feel deeply relaxed and it’s common to sleep extremely well the night following a treatment. Reiki can help:
- Calm your busy mind
- Improve emotional balance
- Ease tension, stress, anxiety and depression
- Release and heal painful emotions (including those buried for many years)
- Strengthen your immune system
- Restore energy levels and vitality
- Accelerate recovery following injury/surgery and reduce pain
Reiki can continue to heal for several days following your session and you could experience lethargy, mild cold-like symptoms or the resurfacing of buried emotions. These symptoms typically last for up to 48 hours, and if they do occur its usually only after your first one or two sessions. They are natural responses as your body excretes toxins and rebalances its energy. They indicate healing at a deep level and are usually followed by a sense of increased wellbeing. It don’t mean you’re having an adverse reaction to Reiki, quite the opposite you are experiencing deep healing.
For a couple of days following your session try to have some ‘me’ time, drink plenty of water, avoid caffeine and alcohol and relax.
How many treatments will I need?
Benefits are usually felt after the first session and increase with further sessions, as healing is a process rather than an event.
People’s personal, physical and emotional situations can be complex. No two people are the same and their healing response to receiving Reiki will be different. As an approximate guide I initially recommend 3 – 5 sessions, ideally undertaken 1 – 3 weeks apart.
To maintain optimum energy balance and ‘recharge your batteries’ on an on-going basis I recommend a session every 4 – 6 weeks, or as and when your stress levels rise, your energy dips/becomes unbalanced, or to assist healing following illness or surgery. I’ll be guided by you and how you feel, and we’ll work together to determine what works best for you.