What is Reiki Therapy?
Reiki (ray-key) is a healing technique based on the principle that a therapist can channel energy into a patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being. Reiki treatments can help the body emotionally or spiritually and can be used alongside other conventional or complementary treatments.
Why should I use it?
Reiki is a safe and soothing treatment that can be:
Comforting when life is tough – the relaxing nature of Reiki can be very helpful to people especially at difficult times in their lives. We can all feel overwhelmed or disconnected, sometimes there is a real sense of isolation, both emotionally and spiritually. Reiki treatments can bring feelings of peace, feeling centered and having an ability to cope better with the challenges of life.
Reiki can be beneficial in circumstances that are short term, and yet it can also support people dealing with long-standing conditions, helping to bring comfort, acceptance and a more positive outlook.
Calming for children – children usually love Reiki. The length of a session is often shorter than it would be for an adult.
Reported benefits of Reiki – Balances body organs and functions; releases emotional blocks and suppressed feelings; promotes self-healing; adapts to the needs of the receiver; balances the energies in the body; enhances personal awareness & helps meditative states; relaxes and reduces stress; promotes creativity; enhances energy levels; addresses the cause of illness; heals holistically; strengthens the immune system; relieves pain; clears toxins.
Contra-indications – there are no known contra-indications for Reiki. It is a non-intrusive treatment that can be delivered in a variety of settings and requires no special equipment.
What is the process?
Receiving Reiki is simple. The recipient lies fully clothed on a couch or sits on a chair and relaxes. The practitioner gently places their hands in a series of non-intrusive positions on or near the body. There is no massage or manipulation. The whole person is treated rather than specific areas. Sessions can take 45 minutes to an hour-and-a-half, depending on the client’s needs.
Reiki practitioners are not trained in diagnosis and will not predict any specific outcome from treatment. If people are concerned about their symptoms they should see a doctor.
How do I know it is right for me?
Reiki is no intrusive. It requires no belief on the part of the recipient yet does not conflict with personal beliefs. There is no need to perform specific exercises or take any medication. A single session may be sufficient, but it is best to discuss this with your practitioner. For instance, if you have long standing emotional or spiritual issues, a series of sessions may be beneficial. In general, if you find that helpful changes are taking place, it is a good idea to continue treatment.