What is Reiki?
Reiki” (ray-key) is Japanese for ‘universal life energy, and is also a word used to describe a system of natural healing, This tradition was founded by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication.
We live in a world of energy that nourishes and maintains all living things. When this energy flows uninterrupted there is balance and harmony within and around us, and we experience a sense of well being.
It is a process that anyone can enjoy in the normal course of their life. Reiki can be used alongside other conventional or complementary treatment and often helps to provide emotional support during recovery.
The practice is taught by Reiki masters / teachers who have trained in the tradition passed on in person from master to student.
There are many variations of Reiki, but in essence Reiki treatments can help the body emotionally or spiritually. To put it scientifically - it is a form of healing in which the practitioner acts in the same way as a metal rod conducting electricity or heat energy from source to its destination and throughout.
By connecting to higher or finer frequencies of conscious energy which is all around us, and using positive intention or thought (which, as explained below - is also energy) to heal and cleanse, the Reiki practitioner is able to direct the energy to where it is most needed.
Reiki is now recognised within our own NHS and is used concurrently with mainstream treatments.
The great thing about Reiki, is that it is for everyone: atheist, religious and spiritual. Belief or understanding really doesn’t matter—all we need to know (as average human beings) is that it works regardless, whether you take a scientific or a spiritual view.
How does it work?
Research into this matter is gradually gaining speed, with much being done into the electromagnetic field of all living things, and the pathways for which this energy is transferred within the body.
Our physical bodies have a mesh of tubes made up of collagen and filled with a very fine fluid, called the myofascial system which links all parts of us, sort of like an energetic superhighway. The myofascial system carries signals in the form of tiny electrical light impulses called biophotons (literally meaning biological light) which are said to be the smallest sparks of conscious energy, carrying the very building blocks of life and allows all cells to communicate with one another.
We know from the study of Biology and Physics that energy, carrying messages and information, is constantly moving throughout both our electromagnetic fields and our physical body in the form of light. This light is everywhere and in everything, vibrating at different speeds and is invisible to our limited five senses.
The myofascial system is probably one of the most important systems in the body and also one of the most over-looked. Within us the myofascial system has seven major points where there is much more fascia than in other areas which, funnily enough, correspond to the seven main energy centres, or more commonly, chakras.
It stands to reason that if there is more fascia in these areas, more biophtons would be found here since the mesh of tubes is much thicker, creating a larger energy hot spot, so to speak. In standard Reiki treatments, it is with these areas that the practitioner will work with the most.
What to Expect?
~ The treatment generally starts with the client lying fully clothed on a massage bed.
~ The therapist will lay their hands either on or above the body and specific points corresponding with the energy chakras.
~ If the client has a particular physical injury or ailment the therapist will also spend some time focusing on that area in addition to the chakra points.
~ You may experience warm, cold or tingling sensations, you may go into a meditative state, see colours or visions or even fall asleep, or you may feel nothing at all - though this doesn't mean that is isn't working!
~ The Reiki session will also include a mini hand or arm massage, though you can opt out of this if you wish.
The Benefits of Reiki Healing
Reiki treatment increases your supply of life force energy and helps you heal quickly. It promotes relaxation, makes you feel at peace, and reduces your stress. You start moving toward your unique physical, mental, and spiritual balance, and your body's own healing mechanisms begin to function more effectively.
Reiki is safe for everybody! Adults, children and even pets can benefit from Reiki Healing.