Reiki is a holistic treatment that aims to support health and well-being at all levels: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Reiki is a natural treatment method that uses energy to promote relaxation, helping to rebalance and restore the body’s own natural healing processes. It is based on the concept that a life-force energy flows around us and through all living things.
The word Reiki is composed from two Japanese words: Rei meaning God's Wisdom or Higher Power, and Ki meaning life-force energy. Reiki is often translated from Japanese as universal life-force energy.
How does it work?
We are alive because we have life force energy flowing through us. It flows within the physical body though pathways known as Meridians, energy centres known as Chakras, and also around us in a field of energy referred to as the Aura. When flowing freely, a person is healthy and their body can function optimally. However, when this flow of energy is disrupted, it can lead to illness and disease.
For example, life force energy can become disrupted when we accept (consciously or unconsciously) negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves, as negative thoughts and feelings can attach themselves to the energy field and cause disturbances in the flow of life force energy, which can then weaken vital functioning of the physical body.
Reiki aims to heal these disturbances and energy blocks by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. This increases the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached, causing the negative energy to break down and disappear. As a result, Reiki helps to clear the energy pathways, allowing the life force to flow freely around the body and thus restoring health and well-being in a safe and natural way.
Where did Reiki originate from?
The concept of Reiki energy healing is believed to have been around for thousands of years, yet the first documented evidence of Reiki as it is known today emerged in Japan during the early 20th century, and it is believed various forms of Reiki were developed and practised during this time.
Reiki as we know it today however can be traced back to Dr. Mikao Usui, who in March 1922 claimed to have a mystical experience on Kurama yama, where he was bestowed the Reiki energy and knowledge of natural healing. Following this encounter, Mikao Usui or Usui Sensei as he is also known as, developed his own style of Reiki, which he named “Usui Reiki Ryoho”.
Reiki was introduced to the Western world by Japanese-American Hawayo Hiromi Takata, who trained and practiced Reiki in America between 1940 and 1980. Her granddaughter, Phyllis Lei Furumoto has continued Takata’s legacy of Usui Shiki Ryoho into modern day practice.
What can you expect from a Reiki treatment?
The practitioner will carefully place their hands in a series of non-intrusive positions on or near the body to improve the client’s life force energy in the body.
Hands on the practitioner places their hands gently on the body in a pre-determined sequence of hand positions, holding each position for several minutes to allow the Reiki energy to flow through the practitioner into the recipient, to bring balance, relaxation and healing to the recipient.
Hands above the practitioner holds their hands just above the body to allow the Reiki energy to flow through them into the client, which aims to restore energy levels and improve well-being.
How can Reiki help you?
Reiki treatments can evoke a sense of calm, inner-peace and an increased ability to deal with life’s challenges during times of stress and disconnect. As Reiki is a non-intrusive treatment it is suitable for everyone.
Reiki can help to:
• Promote relaxation
• Reduce stress and anxiety
• Boost your immune system
• Reduce pain and tension
• Improve sleep
Reiki is different for everyone, and you may also encounter varying experiences from one treatment to the next. It is believed that the energy goes where it is needed to go, and so you may feel it helps you with whatever you are going through at the time, be it emotional, physical, psychological or spiritual challenges you are facing.
Reiki can be added to any Reflexology treatment for 10, 20 or 30 minutes. Distance healing is also available on request.
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