Reiki is a system of natural healing involving the laying on of hands, which has been in use for many thousands of years. It has been practised by many ancient peoples and cultures but was rediscovered and developed in the 1900's by Mikao Usui in Japan.
Reiki is used to describe both the energy and the Usui system of using it. Reiki translates as spiritual energy or universal life force energy. In healing it acts holistically, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, affecting all the energies comprising the human body, animals or plants.
In essence Reiki can be experienced as Love. Reiki practitioners often experience a powerful flow of energy concentrated in their heart centres when practising Reiki. It has been called a "living ocean of energy" and is an intelligent force, knowing where it is needed most. It is a system of healing and self development, a tool of self awareness and transformation.
During a Reiki Treatment, the Practitioner will take a short consultation and you will then be asked to either lie fully clothed on a couch or sit in a chair. The Practitioner will lay their hands on specific positions on the body. Reiki energy moves through the channel of the Reiki practitioner dispelling blocks and negativity. As Reiki energy has a way of naturally flowing to the area of the body where it is most needed, no two Reiki treatments will be the same.
Reiki energy may be experienced with differing effects such as increased warmth, coldness, tingling or colours. It has been shown to effectively stimulate the relaxation response with recipients often feeling as if they have had several hours sleep after just one session. Other benefits include strengthening the immune system, accelerated physical healing, improvements to state of health, detoxification, pain and stress relief, promotion of creativity, assisting emotional release, changing negative behaviour patterns, aiding meditation and encouraging positive thinking.
Whatever the recipient experiences, the overall benefits of the treatment are the same with the correct amount of energy being received to bring about the necessary changes to restore balance within. Treatments may vary in length, but will normally last in the region of an hour.
Because Reiki can be used for such a wide variety of different ailments, it is now practised in hospices, hospitals, prisons, GP surgeries, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres, palliative care, private health centres, nursing homes, HIV/Aids centres and animal rescue centres.
As Reiki is a non invasive therapy it can be used with other healing modalities, both allopathic and complementary. Reiki is something anyone can learn to do. The ability to give Reiki is learned through oral tradition and a series of attunements or initiations from Master to Student, focusing on the original teachings of Mikao Usui.