'Rei-ki', or 'universal life force', is an ancient art of hands-on healing rediscovered by Dr Usui, a scholar and mystic in Japan about a century ago.  It is a simple manual practice with a philosophical understanding of the human function; it is not a religion or doctrine and involves no special belief system.

'Ki' (Qi or Chi in Chinese) is the vital energy which is constantly around and in all living things.  Acupuncture, tai chi and yoga all offer ways of accessing this life force; Reiki is another method of very simply accessing the energy without the need for special exercises or practice. 

Reiki energy works on all levels, physical, mental, emotional and energetic, to revitalise and restore balance, health and wellbeing.

 

 What happens during a Reiki treatment? 

 How might Reiki help? 

 Is Reiki safe during pregnancy and for babies? 

 Can Reiki help at the end of life? 

 The 'Reiki Intensive' 

 Find out what people say about Reiki

 

 

What happens during a Reiki treatment?

Reiki is simply transmitted through the practitioner's hands.  During a full treatment the patient lies on a massage table while the therapist places her hands in a sequence of non-intrusive positions over the recipient's clothing, the energy flowing through such coverings without interruption.  Each position is held for approximately five minutes so that the whole person is treated rather than an isolated area. 

As Reiki energy moves through the body, it connects with the recipient's own innate body-mind wisdom and is used in order of priority of need as recognised by the body-mind, so that while a history taken before the first treatment will be helpful, diagnosis is unnecessary.  The energy itself will protect and revitalise both practitioner and patient during the treatment.

Reiki energy may be perceived in a variety of ways including heat, chill, tingling, pulsing or vibrations.  Its effects are usually experienced as calming and comforting which in turn may help relieve stress, low spirits and fatigue as well as easing tension, physically, mentally and emotionally.  By the end of a session people usually feel a deep sense of relaxation and peace.

A full reiki treatment may take one to one and a half hours.

 

How might Reiki help?

Generally Reiki helps restore balance and harmony on all levels of one's being.  As part of a personal 'maintenance' strategy, Reiki provides an excellent therapy for long term health and wellbeing.

Physically, by supporting the body's natural healing processes, it may help to boost the immune system, promote healthy digestion and circulation and release toxins from the body.  It promotes the healing of injuries and other physical traumas and enhances the speed of post operative recovery - it can even travel through a plaster cast. 

Tired and tense muscles may relax spontaneously and painlessly as stress is released from the body.  Acute pain may be easily relieved with Reiki although more chronic conditions may also respond quickly or more require ongoing treatments to access the root of the issues involved in the chronic state.

Reiki helps calm the mind and emotions.  Emotional states such as anger, depression, grief, anxiety and fear respond quickly to Reiki, as may compulsive and even addictive patterns.  In addition to helping on the physical level with stress symptoms, Reiki may also help alleviate the mental and emotional problems associated with stress such as fatigue, tension headaches and migraines, sleep problems, irritability and anxiety.

 

Is Reiki safe during pregnancy and for babies?

Reiki is a safe and very beautiful therapy during pregnancy, helping ease physical tensions, relaxing the mother and promoting the connection with her baby.  The baby too benefits from regularly receiving Reiki during gestation and indeed after birth.  Babies and children usually respond very quickly to Reiki with its ability to induce calm and peacefulness.

 

Can Reiki help at the end of life?

Reiki can without doubt help support the end stages of life, enhancing the quality of this time and bringing to it a sense of peace and acceptance.  While physically relieving pain and on an emotional level reducing fear, it is during this period that the spiritual potential of Reiki may be of greatest comfort and support, not only for the person whose life is ending but also for those who love and care for them.

 

The 'Reiki Intensive'

The Reiki Intensive was promoted by Mrs Hawayo Takata, the custodian and teacher of Reiki during the mid twentieth century who was also responsible for bringing Reiki from Japan to the western world.  The Four Day Intensive has proved to be very powerful and highly beneficial for many people.  Treatments are given on four consecutive days, the energy moving more and more deeply on each day. The results can be remarkable; the first day may be very relaxing and transforming in its own right, the second and third provides an opportunity for profound healing and the fourth brings completion.

For anyone wishing to experience a four day intensive, a package price is available.

  


 

'Lynne has utterly converted my husband, who isn't very keen on massage, to Reiki, which has done wonders for both his physical and mental well being.'

         Mrs C Ives, client since 2005