What is Reiki?
The only real way to understand Reiki is to try a treatment or two as it is something that needs to be experienced – like any other type of treatment. Today the practice of Reiki is being used at home, in hospitals and in hospices as a complementary therapy that is accessible to all, regardless of age, gender, educational attainment and beliefs or background.
We see the practice of Reiki as an original method of healing, rediscovered by Mikao Usui in Japan. Reiki is a natural healing energy that works on every level, not just the physical, and is understood to promote the body’s regenerative self-healing ability.
The term Reiki is often used for any system that uses energy as a therapeutic tool. However, someone who is practicing Reiki should be able to trace his or her lineage of teacher back to Dr Usui. The National Occupational Standards for Reiki require practitioners to have a Reiki lineage that can be traced directly back to Mikao Usui and to have been attuned/initiated in person. My Reiki lineage fulfils this standard.
As a natural form of healing, Reiki can support and enhance other forms of treatment. Research has suggested for pre- and post- surgery, for fatigue, pain and mental health and wellbeing. Reiki energy flows through the practitioner and goes where it is needed. 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 client remains clothed. The practitioner will holds hands just above the body and with the client’s permission, may rest their hands gently and non-intrusively on the body. A person receiving a treatment may feel tingling, warmth, pulsing or pulling sensations. As Reiki is a holistic therapy, a client may feel an increase in emotions in the days after a treatment, or a return of old symptoms. This is part of the healing process and is usually nothing to worry about. As with any therapy, it is advisable to drink plenty of water in the days following a treatment. Clients are always advised to consult their doctor if they have any medical concerns, as Reiki is not a substitute for medical treatment.