Reiki (pronounced "Ray-Key") is a simple Japanese energy-balancing method that is used by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. It is most well known as a sort of hands-on treatment technique, and many people have regular Reiki treatments.
Reiki was developed by a man called Mikao Usui in the early 1900s in Japan and people use Reiki for self-healing, for spiritual or self-development, and to treat others. Reiki practitioners carry out meditations, treat themselves, and follow a set of simple spiritual principles called the Reiki ''precepts''. Reiki is not a religion.
Anyone can benefit from a course of Reiki treatments, no matter what your age or state of health, and beneficial changes take place over a fairly short space of time. Reiki can produce;
- Deep relaxation
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Boosted energy levels
- A feeling of inner calm, contentment and serenity
- A speeding up of the natural healing process
Reiki can also help you to:
- Feel more positive, confident and better able to cope
- Deal better with stressful people and difficult situations
- Develop a strong sense of purpose and clear-thinking
- Remove some of the ''clutter'' from your life
- Enjoy a better quality of life
Receiving Reiki from a practitioner is a simple process. The client lies on a treatment table and the practitioner will gently lay their hands on the body in a series of hand positions on the head, torso, and legs, sometimes hovering the hands rather than touching. Each hand position is held for a few minutes. During the treatment, energy (called "chi") is drawn through the practitioner into the recipient, helping to produce a state of balance. The recipient remains clothed throughout the session.
Deep relaxation, heat from the practitioner''s hands, perhaps tingling, a feeling of floating or sinking, or perhaps nothing at all. It varies a lot from one person to another. But no matter what you feel during your treatment, Reiki is giving you what you need.
While a one-off Reiki treatment will do something beneficial for you, bringing a sense of calm and peacefulness, and maybe producing some short-term physical benefits too, the best results come through having a course of treatments, maybe 4-6 sessions at weekly intervals.
The effects of Reiki build up cumulatively, you see, and having a course o treatments helps to produce long-term beneficial changes for you on many levels.
Reiki is not a substitute for medical treatment. If you have any symptoms of illness you should see your doctor.
Reiki is safe and will compliment any form of complementary or medical treatment.
A Reiki practitioner will not diagnose or recommend any form of treatment.