What is Reiki?
“Reiki” (ray-key) is Japanese for ‘universal life energy’, a term used to describe a natural system to help bring about an improved sense of wellbeing and a positive feeling of spiritual renewal. This tradition was founded by Dr Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication. It is a tradition that is open to any belief system and benefits may include deep relaxation and the promotion of a calm peaceful sense of wellbeing.
Reiki is taught by Reiki Master/Teachers, who have trained in the tradition passed on, in person, from Master to student. Students go through a process of initiation/attunement to the Reiki energy. They are then able to treat themselves and others, not only from a personal and emotional perspective, but also as an aid to individual development and spiritual growth.
As a natural form of healing, Reiki can support other forms of treatment. Research has suggested for pre- and post- surgery, for fatigue, pain and mental health and wellbeing. Reiki practitioners are not trained in diagnosis and will not offer any diagnosis or prognosis. Reiki aims to heal rather cure and many people find a Reiki treatment has the following benefits: improved relaxation, increased energy, sleeping better, feeling less stressed and a sense of general wellbeing.
What to expect during and after a treatment.
The method of receiving a Reiki treatment from a practitioner is simple. The recipient remains clothed and comfortably lies on a couch or sits on a chair. The practitioner gently places their hands non-intrusively, on or near the body using their intuition and training as a guide. There is no massage or manipulation. Reiki can be used on the person as a whole, or on specific parts of the body. It is also possible to receive Reiki at a distance. For additional information, see What does Reiki feel like?
As with any therapy, it is advisable to drink plenty of water in the days following a Reiki treatment. Clients are always advised to consult their doctor if they have any medical concerns, as Reiki is not a substitute for medical treatment.