What is Reiki?
Reiki is a holistic Japanese therapy, not linked to any religion or particular belief, which promotes stress reduction, relaxation, and physical and emotional healing. This healing system 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 therapists 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 treatment you receive Reiki energy that your body then uses to rebalance and release blocked energy, improving physical and emotional wellbeing and vitality. This reduces stress, promotes a positive attitude, boosts the immune system, and accelerates the body’s natural healing abilities.
Reiki works well in conjunction with traditional medical treatments to relieve side effects, pain and anxiety, and promote recovery. The Cancer Research UK website contains information about Reiki and some UK cancer 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 visit will last a little longer as we’ll discuss your health and wellbeing concerns and I’ll answer any questions you have. You’ll be fully clothed so wear something comfortable. I prefer your knees and feet to be covered as I’ll gently touch these areas, but can refrain from touching you if this is preferred.
You’ll lie relaxed with eyes closed, and I’ll hold my hands a few inches away from different areas of both the front and back of your body. This channels the Reiki energy, which feels deeply relaxing and peaceful to receive. It’s common to experience warmth in areas of your body and other sensations can include coolness, tingling, slight pressure and floating. 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 people feel deeply relaxed and it’s common to sleep extremely well the night following a treatment.
Reiki can also help:
- Calm your mind and improve emotional balance
- Promote a positive outlook and improve self-esteem
- Ease tension, stress and anxiety
- Increase your ability to cope with stressful situations
- Release buried emotions
- Restore energy levels and vitality
- Strengthen your immune system
- Reduce pain and/or increase mobility
- Speed up recovery time following injury/surgery
It’s also possible to experience lethargy, mild cold-like symptoms or the resurfacing of buried emotions. These feelings typically last up to 48 hours, and if they do occur it’s usually only after the first one or two treatments. They are all natural responses as your body excretes toxins and re-balances its energy. They are part of the healing process at a deep level and are usually followed by a sense of wellbeing. They don’t mean you’re having an adverse reaction to Reiki, quite the opposite.
After a Reiki treatment try to have some ‘me’ time, drink plenty of water and relax.
How many treatments will I need?
This varies considerably from person to person. Benefits are usually felt after the first session and increase with further sessions, as healing is a process rather than an event. Short lived problems generally heal faster than long standing ones, but we’ll work together and I’ll be guided by you and how you feel. Everyone’s physical and emotional situation is different, and their body’s response to receiving Reiki will be different.