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What is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced Ray Key) is a form of energy healing which is safe, non-intrusive and totally holistic, balancing and healing on a physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual level. The word Reiki is often translated as meaning ‘Universal Life Force Energy’ and is made up of two words. Rei meaning ‘wisdom and knowledge of all the universe’ and Ki which is the life force energy that flows through all living things and is even present in rocks and other inanimate objects.
What are the benefits of Reiki?
There are many benefits to Reiki and these may include reduction of stress, deep relaxation, balancing to the mind, body and emotions, and improved energy levels.
What happens during an appointment?
Prior to a treatment a consultation is carried out. After this you will be asked to remove your shoes and lay on the treatment couch. You will be made comfortable and covered with a blanket to keep you cosy. Then all you need to do is relax and enjoy your treatment. Most people experience a sense of peacefulness and enter a meditative like state. Some may see intense colours or visualisations, experience tingling, heat or cold. However, everyones experience is unique and usually differs each session.
At the end of the session you will be given a glass of water, home care advice and time to come round before leaving to get on with the rest of your day.
What is involved with the consultation?
When visiting for the first time a full consultation will be carried out, looking at medical history, life style and what you want to achieve from your visit. The process takes approximately 15 minutes and you are welcome to book this extra time at no extra cost. However, if time is limited treatment time will be adjusted to accommodate the consultation.
What are the origins of Reiki?
Although spiritual and energy healing is nothing new, the modern use of Reiki can be traced back to a Japanese Buddhist monk called Dr Mikao Usui (1865-1926). He studied for many years learning how to access and use this healing energy and how to pass this ability on to other people. One of his students Dr Chujiro Hayashi opened a Reiki clinic following Dr Usui’s death and during this time Hawayo Takata, a young Hawaiian woman came to stay with his family. Until now Reiki had only been taught in Japan but Takata managed to persuade Dr Hayashi to pass this ability on to her. She returned to the west and spent many years initiating many to levels I and II Reiki but only passed on level III in the 1970s. At the time of her death in 1980 she had trained a total of 22 Reiki Masters and it is they who have spread this technique widely in the western world.
How does it work?
All living things resonate to bio magnetic frequencies and when these are out of what is their healthy range then feelings of being ‘off colour’ or ‘dis-ease’ can occur. Reiki channelled into the body can help return the individual to a healthier and balanced state, working on levels (physical, mental, spiritual and emotional) in a totally holistic way. The Reiki practitioner will either place their hands on the body or in the aura/electric magnetic field of the individual to channel the Reiki energy. However it is the individuals’ ‘higher self’ or subconscious level that decides how this energy should be used for their greater good.
As with other holistic treatments it is often the underlying problem that is treated rather than the more obvious symptoms and every individual’s experience is different and each session is unique. The only way to truly understand and appreciate this very special form of healing is to experience it first-hand. Many people will experience vivid colours and/or visions, some experience feelings of cold or warmth or tingling and sometimes nothing obvious at all, however most leave a session feeling relaxed and refreshed.
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