What is Reiki?
Reiki is a simple and gentle form of hands-on or hands-off energy balancing. The resultant relaxation can enable the body and mind to work towards healing.
The word "Reiki", Japanese in origin and pronounced "ray key" in the west, broadly means "Universal Life Energy". This is similar to Chi in Chinese or Prana in Sanskrit.
Reiki is a complementary and holistic practice that focuses on both body and mind, recognising that each affects the health of the other. Reiki must not be considered a replacement for medical examination, diagnosis or treatment as a Reiki Practitioner is not qualified to do this - it is a complementary therapy, and as such, works effectively alongside orthodox healthcare and natural remedies, expanding treatment options.
Reiki encourages relaxation and brings balance to both mind and emotions, promoting a calm, peaceful sense of well being on all levels, particularly at times of stress. It encourages and supports positive personal choices, such as improving diet, taking more exercise, devoting time for rest or leisure, and may reduce the need for alcohol and tobacco. Engendering greater inner harmony and balance, regular Reiki treatments promote a calmer response to life’s challenges.
Reiki’s gentle energy is easily adapted to most medical conditions and may be used safely by people of all ages, including the newborn, pregnant mothers, surgical patients, the frail and the elderly, in any situation.
Reiki is not specific to any particular religion or creed.
You may well have heard of "Chakras" or energy centres within the body. There are many but 7 main ones which are thought to correspond to different physical and endocrine systems within the body. Chakra means "wheel" in Sanskrit and it is these "wheels" of energy that can become blocked or unbalanced. Indeed, the practice of Yoga also focusses on the these energy centres as part of the asanas or postures used.
Our seven major chakras are aligned in an ascending column from the base of the spine to the top of the head.
Each affects and is affected by many physiological functions.
The Chakra Bible by Patricia Mercier is a good source of further information.
It is also possible to help animals through Reiki. Please see Animal Healing for more information.
Just for today.....
I will not be angry
I will not worry
I will be grateful for my blessings
I will do my work honestly
I will be kind to all living things
What happens during a Reiki session?
During a Reiki session you will remain fully clothed and the purpose of the session is to allow you to feel fully relaxed, relieving stress and tension.
You may feel warmth or cold during the session and a blanket will be available. Both feelings are normal, as is possible tingling. You are also very welcome to fall asleep !
I usually begin my Reiki sessions at the top of the head and end at the feet, making my way through each chakra throughout the session. There are major chakras and minor chakras, and as I go through each one I may take some extra time in an area that needs special attention.
You should understand that multiple Reiki sessions maybe required in order facilitate improvement.
No information will be shared or discussed with any third party unless written consent is obtained from the client. I may make notes of the session, including your views and comments.
Frequently asked questions
How long is a typical Reiki session?
What should I wear for a Reiki session?
As long as you are comfortable, anything is fine. A Reiki session is given fully clothed and extra blankets will be available, should you require. Please just ask.
How many sessions am I likely to need?
This will vary from individual to individual and can be discussed at the initial consultation, though may be dependant on your experience of the initial session.
How long should I leave between sessions?
Again this is down to your experience but I would recommend a minimum of a week.
How will I feel after a Reiki session?
You will feel relaxed and possibly, ironically, energised but you should take it easy for a few hours after a session (not always easy !), drinking plenty of water. By all means feel free to contact me with any questions you have after a treatment. I will, with your permission, follow-up with you after an initial session.
Would you visit my home for a Reiki session?
I am happy to discuss this but in the case of animal companions this would be preferable.