We get asked about Reiki a lot, especially from people who have heard of it but have little or no idea what it actually is, this hopefully simple explanation explains why you should have Reiki and the benefits so here we go….
Reiki is pronounced ‘Ray Key’. Reiki is a Japanese word. Rei means Universal wisdom and Ki means life energy.
Reiki is not a religion or belief system; therefore, you do not have to believe in God to practice to receive Reiki. Someone who does not believe in Reiki may still benefit from a treatment providing they give their permission.
Why is reiki so good for you?
Reiki is not just for when you are ill, it can be performed at any time by a qualified practitioner and will enhance your wellbeing both mentally and physically working by balancing energies and cleansing toxins.
Is Reiki good for relieving stress?
Reiki is a particularly good therapy for stress release. It promotes relaxation which in turn helps the client to release any tension or emotion that has built up and contributed to the stressful symptoms they are facing.
Reiki is now starting to be recognised and used alongside conventional medicines and Reiki practitioners are being introduced into hospitals and clinics to work with patients and family members during their treatment.
History of Reiki
Reiki is older than any written account, but the modern story of Reiki begins in the middle of 1800s with Dr Mikao Usui, a Christian Minister from Japan. He studied medicine then in a quest to search for answers healing he went to a Buddhist temple to study Buddhism.
Dr Usui discovered the powers of reiki after a 21 day fasting experience where he was taught the symbols and energy used for Reiki. Fromm then on Dr Usui became a pilgrim and spread the ‘reiki’ word around Japan. He died in 1930.
What happens during a Reiki treatment?
The room will always be warm, gentle lighting, soft relaxing music and have an aromatic scent to aid with relaxation and atmosphere.
Your therapist will explain what Reiki is, what is going to happen and how or what you may experience.
You will be asked to lie on a massage table. There is no requirement to remove any clothes for a Reiki treatment, unless they will cause you discomfort during your treatment. If you do, you will be offered a blanket or towel to drape over you to respect your privacy. Your comfort is essential.
Once the treatment has commenced the practitioner will ask you to close your eyes. They will lay their hands over and, on your body, where the seven main Chakras are represented. They will continue to keep physical contact with you throughout the treatment. The treatment will start at your head and end with your feet.