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What is Reiki?

Peaceful gardensThe word Reiki is made of two Japanese words: Rei which means “the higher power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. Thus Reiki is “spiritually guided life force energy”.

Reiki is a spiritual practice and hands-on healing art which promotes stress reduction and relaxation whilst offering compassion and care to the receiver. Reiki connects you to your energy source. It addresses your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects and so treats the whole person.

Reiki complements other natural therapies such as acupuncture, physiotherapy, massage, reflexology, shiatsu, kinesiology, Bowen therapy, traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine.

 

What are the benefits of Reiki?

The relaxing nature of Reiki can be very helpful at difficult times in our lives. At times we can feel overwhelmed or disconnected and feel there is a sense of isolation, both emotionally and spiritually. Reiki treatments can bring feelings of peace, centredness and an ability to cope better with the challenges of life.

Reiki can be beneficial in circumstances that are short-term but can also support people dealing with long-standing conditions, helping to bring comfort, acceptance and a more positive outlook.

Reiki is a wonderful treatment for those who are in good health and who wish to maintain their well-being.

 

What happens in a Reiki treatment?

The Reiki method of treatment is simple but comprehensive. The receiver remains clothed and lies on a massage table, and relaxes. The practitioner gently places their hands around the head and body of the recipient depending on the client’s needs. There is no massage or manipulation. Sessions can take from 30 minutes to an hour or a short session will last only 20 minutes.

 

What do Reiki treatments feel like?

Some people go into a meditative state whilst others will feel a deep sense of relaxation and peace both during and after treatment.  You may feel tired after a treatment but you may equally feel full of energy. Each person experiences Reiki differently depending on their needs at the time.

 

How many Reiki treatments would I need?

A single session may be sufficient but it is best to discuss this with your Reiki practitioner. For instance, if you have a long-standing emotional or spiritual issue a series of sessions may be beneficial. If you find that helpful changes are taking place you may wish to continue treatment to maintain your well-being.