Attractive young woman having reiki treatment in health spaReiki is an ancient healing method from the East dating back thousands of years.  The healing system that we use today in the west is called Reiki and was developed in the 1920’s by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Buddhist priest in Japan.  Today, Reiki is primarily a form of complementary therapy, a safe, gentle, non-intrusive, hands-on healing technique that uses spiritual energy to treat physical or emotional ailments.  It is a holistic system for balancing, healing and harmonising all aspects of the person – body, mind, emotions and spirit – promoting relaxation and a sense of wellbeing.

How Does Reiki Work?

Life-force energy (ki or chi) flows within the physical body through energy centres called chakras and pathways called meridians, as well as flowing around the body in a field of energy called the aura.  The energy field responds to everything we think, feel, say and experience and it becomes disrupted or blocked whenever we consciously or unconsciously accept or absorb negative words, thoughts, feelings or experiences.  If these energies are not dispersed their energy can gradually become more dense, which is when they can transform into physical illness.  Reiki is a spiritual energy vibrating at a very high rate that helps to break down these blockages, flowing through all the affected parts of the aura and the physical body, charging them with positive energy and raising the vibratory level of the whole energy field.  It clears and balances the chakras and straightens the energy pathways allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way around the whole body.  This strengthens and accelerates the body’s own natural ability to heal itself, and opens the mind, emotions and spirit to an acceptance and understanding of the causative issues that have led to disease in both the physical and energy bodies.

Benefits of Reiki

  • ​Reduces stress & anxiety
  • Improves sleep
  • Promotes a positive state of mind
  • Better able to cope
  • Spiritual growth
  • Beneficial in managing symptoms of physical  or emotional ill health
  • “Clearing Out” – A cleansing of toxins from the physical body as well as negative thoughts, past experiences or emotions that might be holding us back
  • Deep sense of relaxation

What does a Reiki treatment involve?

A reiki treatment usually lasts about an hour and is usually carried out with the client lying comfortably on a therapy couch, covered with a soft blanket.  The client remains fully clothed and the reiki practitioner’s hands are placed and held at various positions over the head and body.  There is no pressure, manipulation or massage and no sensitive or intimate areas of the body need to be touched.  Sensations experienced during a treatment can include:

  • Deep sense of relaxation (some people fall asleep)
  • Heat or Cold
  • Waves of energy flowing through body
  • Floating sensation

Healing Reactions

Occasionally reiki can trigger a “healing reaction”.  These reactions may not occur at all but if they do they will normally subside within 24-48  hours, and thewy could include:

  • Feeling weepy
  • Shivery feeling
  • Return of old symptoms
  • Skin rash
  • Increase in urination
  • Headache

Aftercare Advice

It is advised that in order to gain the most from a treatment that you drink plenty of water to aid the body’s own natural detox that is taking place.  Try to relax for the remainder of the day and enjoy some quiet “me” time.  It is best to refrain from alcohol and spicy foods to allow the body to regain some natural balance and harmony.