Although Reiki has been around for a long time, I am often asked, “What is Reiki?” in my clinic.
Reiki (ray-key) is an ancient healing art rediscovered in Japan in the 1800’s by Dr Mikao Usui. It is a Japanese word for the concept of ‘universal life energy’. I have been a Reiki practitioner for almost 20 years.
Reiki is a natural and relaxing healing modality which can be used to manage chronic diseases. It is applied through non-invasive gentle touch. It involves the practitioner gently laying on their hands just above or on the client’s clothed body, working over their front and back in a slow progression of hand positions from the head to the feet. The energy then flows through their body to relieve discomfort and restore health. A treatment increases energy levels and restores balance to the body, mind and spirit, promoting relaxation and a sense of wellbeing. The treatment is generally one hour, with follow up sessions recommended for chronic conditions and pain management.
Client’s report being able to feel heat, sometimes quite a lot of heat from my hands. They may feel the energy moving within their body. They generally report feeling very relaxed afterwards and depending on their condition prior to the treatment, a reduction in pain levels.
The person being treated is not ‘healed’ by the practitioner, the person’s healing comes from the life force flowing through the practitioner to facilitate their own healing. The person giving Reiki is not drained of his/her own life energy, but is actually energized and replenished.
Reiki has no religious doctrine and is accepted by people from all belief systems.