What is Reiki
Reiki has its origins in Japan with a Tendai Buddist monk named Mikao Usui who developed the system called Usui Reiki Ryoho – a technique which allows healling energy to be passed from the therapist to the client through the therapist’s hands.
Reiki means ‘Universal Life Energy’, it is the energy that flows though all living things. It is the same energy as the ‘chi’ referred to in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chi Gong and Acupuncture; and the ‘prana’ which is referred to in Yoga and Indian Ayurvedic Medicine.
Through training with a Reiki Master Teacher, Reiki meditation practices and self treatment, the therapist is able to draw on a greater amount of Reiki energy and pass it on to the client through a Hands on Treatment.
The Benefits of Reiki
The benefits of Reiki are many and specific to the individual. Reiki always supplies you with exactly what you need because it supports your own natural healing process.
However the general benefits experienced by many people are:
- Deep Relaxation
- Improved Sleep
- Increased Energy Levels
- Reduced Stress
- Better Mood
- Boosted Natural Healing
- Feelings of Calm
The benefits of Reiki can sometimes be surprising, so it is often best to approach it with an open mind.
What to Expect
Reiki is carried out fully clothed (after removing shoes) lying on a therapy couch, and often covered with a blanket for warmth and comfort. When giving a treatment the therapist moves around the client laying their hands in a series of positions on the client’s body, or hovering them just above it.
During the treatment you may feel warmth or cold from the therapists hands; a gentle tingling in hands or feet; your tummy may rumble; or fingers and toes may twitch as the body starts to let go of unwanted tension. Sometimes you may see colours or even images; the experience of Reiki is specific to the individual receiving it, and often changes from treatment to treatment.
After your treatment you may feel energised or deeply relaxed. Please take a few minutes to ensure that you have come around completely and are safe to go about your daily activities, especially driving.
If possible try to rest more than usual during the day as the healing continues after your treatment and may make you feel sleepy. Reiki also stimulates the release of toxins from your body as part of the healing process, so please ensure that you drink plenty of water throughout the rest of the day and for the next couple of days.
As you continue with your treatments, and Reiki helps your body come back into balance, you may need to monitor any medication you are taking. Sometimes the required dosages may need to be altered, so please speak to your Doctor about any changes which need to be made.
Live Transmission / Distance Reiki
As part of the Second Degree Reiki training practitioners are taught how to make a distant connection with another person using the Reiki Energy, a bit like an energetic phone call. It is then possible to channel Reiki to someone at a different location to you, and they receive it in the same way as a face to face session.
Distance sessions are often shorter than those carried out in person, but the effectiveness of the Reiki is just the same, some people feel that distant treatments can be even more powerful.
There are obvious benefits to distant Reiki sessions, for example:
- you can remain lying down for as long as you want after a session rather than having to come to and drive home
- shorter distance sessions may be easier to fit in if you have a busy schedule
- you could have a distance session in between visiting for in person sessions
- if you are unwell and not able to visit your therapist it would be an excellent way of boosting your healing
How Distance Sessions Work
These short 15 minute sessions for existing clients (or as a distance Reiki taster) are very straightforward. A date and time are arranged for the treatment, and the client then settles themselves into a comfortable place a couple of minutes before the start time. I will then send Reiki for 15 minutes, and the client can continue to relax for as long as is convenient.
This is more like a face to face session. New client consultation forms are completed by email, and we begin the session on skype / zoom with a with a chat about what you would like to get from the session.
You make yourself comfortable and we both set the intention for the session. I then guide you through the grounding meditation and start to send Reiki for about 30 minutes. At the end of the session I’ll bring you back and we can have a chat about the session went.
If you would like to use crystals during the session, you can either use your own, or I can include them as part of your treatment. I’ll identify your significant crystal for the session so that you can carry it with you, and provide you with an affirmation to use to support the healing.