The practice of Reiki was bought to us by Mikao Usui in the early 1900’s. It is both a method of healing and a spiritual way of life with the aim to promote good health and well-being. Reiki is for everyone.
Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning ‘life force energy’ and a Reiki treatment is the channeling of this energy through a practitioner to the client. It is rather like being plugged into an unlimited supply of energy. This is how you can feel after receiving Reiki. It is an ancient, simple, yet powerful method of hands on healing, which is slowly being recognised in prevention of disease. The NHS now employs Reiki practitioners in many areas of the UK.
One of the key aspects of Reiki is the ability to give deep level relaxation, and it is on this level our own natural sense of balance and purpose can be restored and where healing begins. A ‘healing’ is a step on the way to health, or ‘wholeness’ and wellbeing; the steps on the way can be either small, or monumentally large.
Reiki can help people with anxiety, fear, grief or stress, those who just cannot slow down or those in pain. The effects of Reiki are limitless; from boosting our energy levels and achieving our goals to aiding healing. Working on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels, its use has been found to heighten tissue repair, release toxins, strengthen the immune system, reduce inflammation and reestablish the energetic harmony of the body. Reiki supports the body’s natural healing processes and so can help speed up recovery from an accident, operation or trauma.
The science behind Reiki – How does it work?
Alpha brain waves coincide with the vibrational frequency of the earth’s electromagnetic field and scientific studies have shown that it is possible for the healer to tap into this source of energy and channel it back to the patient. The brain waves of both the healer and the patient become synchronised in the alpha state (characteristic of deep relaxation and meditation) and resonate at the same vibration as the earth’s electromagnetic field. Low frequency, bio-magnetic pulses emit from the hands of the healer affecting the body’s nervous system and cellular structure. During these moments, the bio-magnetic field of the practitioner’s hands is at least 1000 times greater than normal, and not as a result of internal body current.
What to expect during a Reiki session
A Reiki session is conducted with the client (normally) laying down and fully clothed and the practitioner working through a sequence of hand positions, gently touching, or nearly touching, the energy centers of the body. These areas are known as the major Chakras and there are seven which run down the center of the body.
Minor Chakras can be found on the soles of the feet, palms of the hands as well as the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and ankles. All areas correspond to the nerve centers affecting the internal organs, the mind and the emotions.
What will you feel?
The healing experience is different for everyone. It is common to feel the warmth of healing hands, tingling or cold sensations in certain areas about the body or to see colours in the mind’s eye. Some people may have instant pain relief; others receive impressions of what is to be done; they awake with a greater sense of purpose and clarity. However, for others the healing process is less dramatic and simply induces deep relaxation and a sense of wellbeing; allowing the body to fully de-stress and heal itself.
Reiki can occasionally cause suppressed memories to come to the surface of our consciousness. This is a good thing as these suppressed memories cause blocks in our energy flow which hold us back from reaching our full potential and can affect our health. These memories have to be acknowledged and cleared and Reiki will act as a support for this process.
As with any complimentary treatment there are no claims to cure or diagnose a specific condition, therefore, always seek medical advice before commencing treatment.