What is Reiki?

Reiki is a gentle, complementary therapy that involves the use of universal energy. It is a spiritual healing practice, but not a belief system or religion.

Reiki is a non-invasive, gentle yet powerful method of healing. It enhances the body’s natural healing ability and promotes wellbeing. During a treatment the client will be lying on a massage table and the practitioner will gently place their hands on various parts of your head, torso and limbs.

‘Reiki’ Kunji alphabet What does Reiki mean?

Pronounced ‘ray-key’, ‘Rei’ stands for spiritual or sacred and ‘Ki’ stands for life force or energy.

How Reiki works

Reiki works on a physical, emotional, spiritual and mental level. It is a holistic therapy that looks at treating the client as a whole and helps to restore balance to the body by clearing any energetic blockages that might be laying dormant and that might be manifesting into physical or mental discomforts.

Reiki creates a highly relaxed state, and when this state is reached your body system’s capacity to self-heal begins. Reiki is for people of all ages and walks of life.

History of Reiki

The origins of Reiki are very complex. Reiki appears to have developed from a variety of Eastern traditions such as Martial arts, Ayurveda or Chinese philosophy dating back thousands of years.

The system of Reiki was developed in the last 100 years or so. A man called Dr. Mikao Usui drew on a number of significant influences in the 1920s to develop Reiki in Japan.

An American-born Japanese woman named Hawayo Takata then took Reiki to the West in the 1930s, where it evolved further and became widely practiced.

At the same time, Japanese Reiki also continued to develop.

In the last 10 to 15 years, the understanding of Reiki has been changing largely due to the research into the system of Reiki as Mikao Usui taught it.

The system of Reiki

Reiki follows a lineage system and is passed on from teacher to student. Here are the five principal components to Reiki:

  • Attunements
  • 5 Reiki life principles
  • Meditations
  • Hands on Healing
  • Reiki Symbols and Mantras

Benefits of Reiki

Reiki supports the body’s natural ability to heal itself by restoring balance to the body’s system. Balance can mean different things at different times. In Reiki, bringing balance to oneself can mean feeling calm after feeling anxious, feeling peace after feeling sadness, feeling energised after feeling tired etc.  Being in a state of balance enables us to enjoy life fully.

There are vast amount of benefits from receiving Reiki and they are often reported right after the first treatment. People who have regular treatments often report feeling:

  • Relaxed
  • Centered
  • Grounded
  • Calm
  • Peaceful
  • Joyful
  • Love

Reiki can also provide solution tones such as:

  • The reduction/removal of stress
  • Rejuvenation
  • Restoration
  • Balancing/re-balancing
  • A better love for yourself and others in your life
  • Better self-care
  • Increase in energy levels
  • Helping to manage conditions such as grief, anxiety and depression.

A number of other conditions treated with Reiki:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Physical pain and discomforts
  • Addictions
  • Recovery of surgery
  • Trauma
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Stress and plenty more.

Commonly reported benefits of Reiki:

  • Reduced anxiety
  • Improved sleep
  • Pain management
  • Higher intuition
  • Improved digestion
  • Better perspectives on life’s challenges.

What to expect during a Reiki treatment

You’ll be lying on a massage table fully clothed, where the practitioner gently lays or hovers their hands over your head, torso and lower half of your body. It’s a very relaxed environment.

If the client wishes to have their treatment with light relaxing background music and burning essential oils, that is intuitively chosen individually for your specific needs.