What is Reiki?
I haven’t blogged about any treatments so far but I want to start with reiki. As any therapist that has been attuned to reiki or is a master like myself, will use it in all of their treatments, so you’ll be getting a reiki healing without knowing.
So where does reiki come from? and what is it all about? Reiki is a Japanese word, which when translated means universal life force. It is a very simple way of healing, carried out by placing hands on or over a person (who is fully clothed) or animal or even plant, with the intent to channel reiki. It can also be sent, as distance healing and even through time.
Reiki has been practised for thousands of years but was rediscovered in the nineteenth century by Dr Mikao Usui of Japan. Dr Usui made this discovery after researching ancient Buddhist documents on the power of healing which he then shared with a select few. These secrets have been passed down from master to student and was introduced to the west during the sixty’s. Reiki can now be practised by anyone who has received the attunement and can be used to treat just yourself, friends and family.
Reiki heals on all levels, physically, mentally and spiritually and supports the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Reiki is also non-denominational, practised by people of many different religions and cultures, all you need is the desire to heal and be healed.
So why would you choose to have reiki? Perhaps you are experiencing physical pain or discomfort. Maybe you’re feeling under pressure and are looking for a soothing relaxation method. Reiki also helps to clear toxins, balances energies, encourages emotional release and relieves fatigue. I also think that sometimes you know something’s just not right, you’re feeling a bit off but don’t know why, a reiki session would certainly help in getting you back on track.
If you have a reiki treatment you can expect your practitioner to go through a consultation with you first, then they will ask you to remove any metal jewellery in case it interrupts the reiki flow. You’ll kick your shoes off and be made comfortable, usually on a treatment bed. Your practitioner will usually remain quiet during the session; this is because it’s your chance to relax, however you may want to ask questions, or express yourself, or laugh or cry or even giggle – there is no right or wrong reaction to reiki. My first reiki treatment I giggled for half of it and also had the sensation that I couldn’t lift my arms! You may have some surprising results yourself like feeling tingly or seeing colours or sometimes even floating. You might still find that if you went in with a painful knee, it might still be painful, but remember that reiki heals the whole and that it knows where it’s needed most. Many people are surprised when they go home and sleep for hours, sometimes it’s just what your body needs to process the healing experience or to recuperate your natural energy levels. You might find that your full of energy and clean the house from top to bottom, everyone’s different.
If you are interested in trying reiki then I have a great suggestion for you. I and fellow reiki practitioners are taking part in The Great Reiki Event on Saturday 27th February at the Queens ‘Hall in Narberth from 10.15am until 12.30pm. Come along and have a taster session for free and find out more about this lovely treatment.
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