reiki therapy

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Reiki (ray-key) is Japanese for ‘spiritual energy’ and is the word used to describe a system of natural healing formalised by Mikao Usui.  There are variations of reiki but all aim to support the person – physically, mentally and emotionally. Reiki offers an experience to connect to ourselves and discover our place or home in the world.

Reiki is non-invasive and meditative.  It is important to let go of the outcome when practising or receiving .  What is perceived as being a healing path may still lead to challenge.  The destination may not be in line with our expectations.

As I have mentioned, how a practitioner uses reiki varies.  I tend to ask people to lie on a massage couch, fully clothed.  The focus is the whole person rather than specific areas.

Each person experiences reiki differently.  Some feel deeply connected to the process, others experience a space in which they can relax.  Sometimes the client reports visualisations of colours or stories or sensations in the body; sometimes it is just quiet.  There is no correct way to experience reiki.  The only desired response is deep relaxation to promote a calm and peaceful sense of well being on all levels.  Occasionally it is difficult to relax, the mind questions everything rather than trusting the process – a common experience when sitting to meditate.

People access reiki for many reasons:

  • emotional support during times when life is challenging and overwhelming
  • to release tension in the physical body, often in response to emotions, sometimes following physical trauma
  • to support a spiritual practice
  • to relax and support in pregnancy
  • to calm and relax children
  • to come to terms with the cycle of life – beginnings and endings
  • curiosity

How many sessions?

This is a decision for the individual.  Some people enjoy a short intensive course (see below), followed by regular reiki to maintain wellbeing.  Sometimes people just come as and when they feel they need to.

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