The word Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy, an energy which is all around us.
Eastern medicine has always recognised and worked with this energy, which flows through all living things and is vital to well-being. Known as ‘ki’ in Japan, ‘chi’ in China and ‘prana’ in India.
Acupuncture, T’ai chi and Yoga are also based on the free-flow of this energy in a person.
A Reiki Treatment
Reiki is a non-invasive therapy whose purpose is to treat the patient holistically. Reiki is a good way to keep the body and mind feeling good as well as a complementary, Reiki works effectively alongside orthodox healthcare and natural remedies, expanding treatment options.
There is no belief system attached to Reiki so anyone can receive or learn to give a reiki treatment, the only prerequisite is the desire to help people heal or to be healed by the reiki energy.
The method of receiving a Reiki treatment from a practitioner is a very simple process. The recipient simply lies on a couch and relaxes. If the recipient is unable to lie down the treatment can be given in a sitting position, the main thing is for the recipient to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
There is no need to remove any clothing as reiki will pass through anything, even plaster casts. The practitioner gently places their hands non-intrusively in a sequence of positions which cover the whole body. The reiki treatment is given the the recipients whole rather rather than treating any specific area or symptoms. A full treatment usually takes 1 to 1½ hours with each position held for several minutes.
Reiki treatments consist of 12 basic hand positions where the reiki energy is passed from the practitioner to the recipient. The practitioner’s hand can also be placed on other areas to provide extra reiki energy to help specific areas, but the treatment will always be given as a whole body treatment.
The practitioner will explain the process before the treatment is given. The treatment will be started with checking the recipients Chakra’s.
During the treatment conversation should never be considered a problem. If the recipient wishes to talk during the session, don’t worry; the energy flow will not be interrupted.
To help create a relaxed atmosphere music will be played gently in the background. this will help the recipient to relax, and it is not unusual for the recipient to fall soundly asleep during the treatment.
Which conditions can Reiki help?
It is possible to give reiki at any level of being: physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. Acute injuries can be helped to heal very quickly but more chronic illness may take longer for the reiki treatment to help. In some cases such as terminal illness, there is not enough time for the progress of the problem to be reversed. However, in such cases there is usually great benefit and enhancement to the quality of life giving a sense of peace and acceptance during the time remaining. Reiki can also help any medication work better as the energy in the body will be better balanced.
Illness can be a time of great stress. Reiki can help us cope by encouraging relaxation and bringing balance to both mind and emotions. Benefits reported include deep relaxation, promoting a calm, peaceful sense of well being on all levels.
Reiki healing can be given anywhere at any time as no special equipment is needed. The practitioner is a channel which the energy is drawn through by the need or imbalance in the recipient. Neither person has to use any effort of will or concentration during this process.
Reiki can enhance everyday living, and regular sessions may help to promote development of a healthier, more resourceful state of being.
Note: Reiki is being used in various settings including private practice, complementary therapy centres, GP surgeries, hospitals, hospices, cancer support groups, post-operative recovery, drug rehabilitation, prisons, HIV/AIDS centres, and in the care of the elderly.