What is Reiki?

The word Reiki comes from the Japanese words “rei,” meaning universal, and “ki,” meaning life energy. Mikao Usui founded ‘Usui Reiki Ryoho’ which is the most current form of Reiki, in 1922. However, people have practiced Reiki for over 2,000 years.

Reiki is a form of complementary therapy related to energy healing. Reiki works with the energy fields surrounding the human body and involves the movement of universal energy from the practitioner’s palms to the client.

According to medical science it has been proven that energy can stagnate in the human body especially where there has been physical injury or emotional pain. Over time, these ‘energy blocks’ can lead to discomfort, illness and possibly disease.

This type of healing practice aims to help the flow of energy through the body and remove such ‘blockages’, similarly to the principles applied through acupuncture or acupressure.

This school of practice believe that improving the flow of energy around the body may induce deep relaxation, restore balance, reduce stress and anxiety and even support patients suffering with depression.

Reiki experts point out that although this energy is not measurable with modern scientific techniques, many patients who ‘tune into it’ can feel it.

How can Reiki help?
Although Reiki is not considered to be an ‘exact science’ much anecdotal evidence suggests that it may induce deep relaxation, thus assisting in the body’s natural healing processes. This in turn can have a positive effect on ones emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Some of the conditions that Reiki has been reported to help include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Long Covid
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders
  • Autism
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Chronic Pain
  • Infertility

It is important to reiterate that Reiki should never take the place of medical treatments and all complimentary treatments should be taken under the advice and care of your doctor.

The Reiki Treatment.
Our highly qualified practitioners provide Reiki treatments in our peaceful, well prepared rooms. During the Reiki session, you will be invited to sit in a comfortable chair or lie on a treatment couch fully clothed.

Our practitioner will then place their hands lightly on or over specific areas of your head, torso and limbs. The postures/ mudras the practitioner holds with their hands can be held for 2-10 minutes depending on the consultation and needs of the patient.

If there is a particular injury, such as stitches, burns or bruising the practitioner may hold their hands above the wound. This may also be requested if a patient does not wish to have direct physical contact. A popular choice amongst those who have suffered physical trauma or abuse.

Advocates state that while the practitioner holds their hands lightly on or over the body, an energy transfer/attunement takes place.

During this time, the practitioner and/or patient may describe a warmth and/or cooling sensation emitting from the practitioners hands. Sometimes a vibration or healing waves are experienced by the patient.

Your practitioner will hold the appropriate hand position until they sense that the energy has completed and it’s time to move on.

What can I expect ?
The gentle , non- invasive nature of Reiki therapy often has a powerfully soothing and deeply relaxing effect on the patient’s over all well-being.

The purpose of your Reiki session is to reinstate the balance and flow of vital energy through the body. Your Reiki treatment involves your therapist channelling energy through their hands and attuning it to the receiver’s body; enhancing the patient’s natural ability to heal itself.

Although perhaps a less ‘mainstream’ therapy, Reiki is much-loved and highly respected by those who practice it and by those who receive it.

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Reiki is a traditional Japanese method of healing. The word ‘reiki’ can be translated as ‘universal life energy’ – a reiki practitioner recognises and uses this invisible energy to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. They also encourage the flow of this life energy throughout the body.

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What Can Reiki Help?

Reiki is used for a wide range of conditions, including physical problems, mental and emotional distress, and the relief of stress.

The Reiki Treatment

There are many variations of reiki. They all work as a healing process that aims to bring us into balance and reinforce the body’s natural ability to heal itself at all levels: physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.

Reiki is not a cure; rather, as a natural form of healing, reiki can support and enhance other forms of treatment. Some forms of reiki can even be practised when the patient is not present.

Reiki is taught by Reiki Masters, who have trained in the tradition passed on in person from Master to student. After being initiated in reiki, students are then able to treat themselves and others.

What to Expect

Your reiki treatment will take place in a peaceful and relaxing environment at the Good Health Centre. Although you will need to remove your coat and shoes, it’s not necessary to take off any other clothing.

At your first appointment, your reiki practitioner will take your medical history and find out more about any symptoms or problems you’re experiencing. The practitioner gently places their hands, non-intrusively, on or near your body. There is no massage or manipulation and the whole person is treated rather than your specific symptoms.

During your reiki treatment you may feel a flow of energy, a mild tingling, warmth, coolness or nothing at all. At times you may even spontaneously release emotion as your energy rebalances – crying can be a natural and healthy part of the therapy. Please don’t feel embarrassed or uncomfortable if you become emotional during your treatment – our reiki therapist is accustomed to effects such as this during treatment.

Cautions & Care

Treatment is very safe and can by used alongside conventional medical treatments. However, you should tell your practitioner if you are having any other medical treatments – be they complementary or conventional.
We advise our patients to rest after a reiki treatment and drink lots of water.

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