Reiki (ray-key) is Japanese for ‘spiritual energy’ and is the word used to describe a system of natural healing formalised by Dr Mikao Usui. There are variations of reiki but all aim to support the body emotionally and spiritually. It is a tradition that is open to all faiths – earth or heaven bound.
It can be difficult to describe reiki. Using purely mental energy to understand a therapy based on compassion and connection can lead to confusion rather than clarity. 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 reiki. 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 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, followed by regular reiki to maintain wellbeing. Sometimes people just come as and when they feel they need to.