Reiki (pronounced 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 Dr Mikao Usui in the early 20th century, but the belief that life energy flows through the body, deeply affecting our entire being, has long been embraced by many cultures around the world.
Reiki is believed to restore lost balance between mind, body and spirit. It can be effective for relaxation, pain management, reduced stress and anxiety, enhanced well-being and so much more. It is not a substitute for medical treatment but can be used alongside other conventional or complementary treatment and often helps to provide emotional support during recovery.
To receive reiki – the client remains fully clothed and the practitioner’s hands are placed on or above the body. Energy is channeled through the practitioner directly to the client, using a series of hand positions, spending several minutes holding each position.
Now, although reiki is usually a hands on treatment – because it is so powerful and effective it can also be sent over long distances.
Everyone experiences reiki differently. Some feel a slight tingling or sensations of warmth or cold, others just a deep relaxation. Some clients find themselves in a deep meditative state whilst others feel rejuvenated and energised. Some people will also find, upto 48 hours or so, following a session, that they experience a ‘clearing out’ of toxins and emotions as the body and mind rids itself of congestion.
I have been a Reiki Practitioner since 2004 and found self-treatments helped me cope mentally and emotionally with extremely painful period pains pre hysterectomy. People have told me they find me to be a calming influence to be around, and I attribute some of this to the continuous self-practice of reiki and also reflecting on and applying in my daily life the following principles attributed to Dr Usui.
The 5 principles of Reiki by Mikao Usui Just for today, I will give thanks for everything. Just for today, I will not anger. Just for today, I will not worry. Just for today, I will live my life honestly. Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.