What is Reiki
Reiki is a non evasive technique used for stress reduction developed in Japan by Dr.Mikao Usui. Born in 1865 Usui was inspired by ancient study and spiritual teachings rooted in Tendai Buddhism and Shintoism. He developed this healing system after setting out to understand the question of peace and life.
The word Reiki is from two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or Higher Power" and Ki which is the "Life Force Energy" therefore Reiki is "Spiritually guided life force energy"
How does it work
Reiki is administered by a number of non-intrusive hand positions over the body. The recipient will lay comfortably on a therapists couch, fully clothed; or alternatively on a chair if they are not able to lie flat. The recipient may experience a warmth, energy, deep relaxation or feelings of peace and well being. The treatment treats the whole person, and is a very safe and simple method of spiritual healing. Reiki can be used to heal physical, emotional, spiritual and mental issues, it will seek to find and heal the cause of the problem, not the symptom.
Reiki is not a religious belief and therefore is available to everyone; it has been successfully taught and practiced for many years.
Finding a Healer
When looking for a Reiki Healer you must look for someone who you will feel comfortable with. You should look for someone qualified to at least Reiki Second Degree as this is a practitioner level; it is important that they practice regularly including on themselves as Reiki increases in power with use. The Reiki practitioner cannot give you any diagnosis for your symptoms, so if you are concerned you should see your GP.
Before booking a session talk to the practitioner, get a feel for them as a person, ask about their qualifications, who they were taught by and how and why they chose Reiki. Ask them about their business; who they treat and if they specialise in any particular area/condition for example as this is sometimes the case. You should trust your intuition and gut feelings about this person, but if you are not sure , try someone else.
What To Expect
When you arrive for your treatment for the first time, you should be asked a series of questions about your health and why you would like a Reiki Healing. The practitioner should explain exactly how they will conduct your healing and tell you a bit about how you may feel and what you may experience.
At each treatment your progress will be reviewed and lifestyle changes or self help techniques may be suggested. After care advice should always be given. A sense of relaxation and well being is usually experienced after just one session, however, a series of treatments may be needed to maintain long term benefits and to make significant changes, especially if the condition chronic. Reiki may bring emotions to the surface as part of the healing; you may experience headaches or flu like symptoms for a day or two afterwards before starting to feel the benefits of the treatment. This is quite normal.
A practitioner may recommend up to 5 sessions initially and maybe 1 week apart, but again this is totally dependant on each individual and circumstance; it may be less or more. Most consultations will last around 1 hour. Reiki treatments can cost between £20 - £40 per session.
Click here to visit the UK Reiki Federation to find a local practitioner.