Reiki

Reiki is an energy and spiritual healing art with roots originating in Japan. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is not a religous practice or associated to any religion. It is also not a massage but an effective form of energy healing, a subtle, safe, natural method of energy and spiritual work using guided life-force energy.

Life energy flows through all living things. As Reiki Practitioners we understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own energy and use it to aid their own healing, self improvement, strengthen energy and flow within themselves and use it to help others.  A person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing.  It is believed that when this is true, the person's body and mind is in balance and in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes blocked or weakens, it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.

Reiki is a great tool for stress reduction and relaxation and often utilised for one's personal wellness.  Reiki is not a cure for a disease or illness, but it may assist the body in creating an environment to facilitate healing on all levels - pysical, mental and emotional. It is a great tool to use as a complement to traditional medicine and is practiced in many hospitals and medical care settings. 

Reiki is believed to be an ancient method and its history slightly different in most books you read.  However, the more modern or the more known history is that of Mikao Usui.  Usui, who is credited with rediscovering the root system now called Reiki, is said to have found enlightenment, reaching a state of mind that is at peace whilst he was undertaking training in Buddhism.  From this led to the development of Reiki. 

Usui trained his pupils in his traditions and methods, with some of these becaming grand masters, which took many years of training to achieve. Today, Reiki takes many forms. However, The Usui System of Natural Healing is still the form most widely practiced. Practitioners and Master Teachers are trained through an initiation process, where Masters pass on their knowledge and expertise to their students.

Our first Reiki session would typically take 60 to 90 minutes where we will have a 20 to 30 minute initial discussion where I will explain the session to you. This will give  us an opportunity to discuss any particular problems or issues you may be experiencing and what you are hoping to achieve from our session. I will then ask you to make yourself comfortable either on a massage table or in a chairl. Unlike massage therapy, no articles of clothing are removed and clients are always fully clothed; loose, comfortable clothing is suggested. Reiki can be performed either hands-on, where I will apply a light touch during the session, or hands-off where I will hold my hands slightly above your body.  As a practitioner, I perform both types and if you prefer not to be touched you may indicate this to me before we begin.

I will then proceed to move through specific, standard Reiki hand positions beginning at my client's head. As a recipient of Reiki, you may feel a warming sensation or a tingling. You may feel nothing at all but sheer relaxation. Either way your session should be very pleasant, relaxing and invigorating.