What is Reiki – 

The word Reiki literally means universal energy. It is an ancient technique that is used to bring about wellness – physically, mentally and emotionally. It was developed in the 1920s by Mikaeo Usui, who stumbled on it after a pilgrimage in Japan. Having established it, he began to teach his craft to others. In WW2, one of his students moved to Hawaii and tweaked it to make it more appealing to Westerners, this is known as Usui Reiki and is better known today.

The Reiki I have studied is that of Jikiden Reiki – which translates to “as it was originally taught” and stayed in Japan during WW2. It is less well known but closer to the original techniques of Usui, and is non-hierarchical, and also retains a strong link to Japanese Buddhism.  There are other variations on the theme of Reiki – such as Angelic Reiki -but they all hark back to Universal Energy.

How does Reiki work and what can I expect in a session – 

Reiki is typically very gentle, very nurturing and nourishing and seeks to clear the body of toxins.

During an “in-person” Jikiden Reiki treatment, I place my hands directly on, or just above the body of the receiver whilst they remain fully clothed and relaxed, typically on a massage couch. The client does not need to be physically present. Distant healing is just as effective, as I am working with the energy field which I can simply tune into.

Whilst doing a treatment, I will be sensing for areas where the body is releasing toxins (known as Byosen), and I will use the Reiki, or universal energy to clear these toxins. This will result in a sense of peace, relaxation and calmness.

Some people like to chat through the session, others want to take the opportunity to really enjoy the relaxation that has been brought about by this. Some people notice tingling sensations, or feel temperature changes – either heat or cold. Others will see colours or pictures, but equally other people don’t feel a thing. Whatever your experience, the Reiki always removes the toxins that have built up.

What conditions can Reiki help with – 

Reiki works to develop and foster well-being within the body. There have been a number of studies into the efficacy of Reiki demonstrating that it can help in alleviating a variety of conditions. The benefits include:

  • Reduction in fear, stress and anxiety
  • Easing addictions
  • Pain relief
  • Improvements in sleep quality
  • Stimulating the body’s immune system
  • Reduction of stress-related symptoms such as headaches, digestive disorders, and muscle tension
  • Helping to cope with chronic pain
  • Supporting the healing process after surgery or other medical procedures
  • Helping to manage the side effects of cancer treatment
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Improving mood
  • Promoting and enhancing relaxation and a sense of well-being
  • Providing comfort and support

How often and how many sessions should I have?

Reiki can be used for chronic and acute conditions, as well as an ongoing maintenance support programme and each one of us has different requirements at different times of our lives.

In acute conditions such as infections, or immediately post-operative, I have found that symptoms ease much faster and more gently by embarking on a programme of short sessions of reiki daily, or even twice daily – for perhaps a week. This mirrors allopathic medicine in taking a pill a day but proves to be immensely effective. The reiki is gently layered into the system and is easy for the body to absorb.

For chronic conditions – such as long term pain, stress or anxiety I find a course of weekly or fortnightly sessions are best held over a period of time – in the same way you might undertake a course of counselling sessions. In the same way as with acute conditions, the reiki layers up in the body, and the body starts to remember how to function more effectively.

With health and wellbeing maintenance, people typically find it of immense value to build it into their well-being programme and making it a life-style choice. For this, I find having a course of monthly sessions very beneficial. This approach supports regulating the “fight-flight” condition we often find ourselves in, keeping our immune system in check and generally supporting overall health and vitality.

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