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
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.