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What is Reiki? (pronounced ray-key)
The practice of reiki is an ancient method of energy healing. Reiki's natural healing energy works on every level, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually to rebalance energy flow and promote the body's regenerative self-healing ability.
What does the word ‘Reiki’ mean?
The Japanese word 'reiki' means 'Universal Energy'. Eastern medicine has always worked with this energy, which flows through all living things and is vital to well-being, known as 'ki' in Japan, 'chi' in China and 'prana' in India. There is no belief system attached to reiki, the only prerequisite is the desire for improved well-being. It is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that can be used by all ages for any condition.
What happens at a ‘Reiki’ treatment?
After an initial consultation, the treatment is carried out with the client fully clothed and lying on a treatment couch (or sitting if it is more comfortable). The practitioner places their hands gently in a series of positions on or above the body. The hands sense and then direct energy to wherever the client needs it most. This then starts to enhance and support the persons own natural ability to heal.
Reiki can be felt as a flow of energy, warmth, mild tingling or coolness and some people see colours whilst receiving a treatment. After the treatment the client generally feels very relaxed, it is also possible to feel cold and light-headed so it is important not to rush around straight after a session. Some people find that just one session is all that is required, however an initial course of three treatments is recommended at weekly intervals to get the most benefit. After this period, a treatment plan will be decided between the client and the practitioner, depending on progress made.
Reiki does not take the place of Western medicine. It is strongly advised that a person consult their GP for an acute condition and problems of an urgent concern. Reiki can safely be used in combination with orthodox medical care and other complementary therapies. It is a complementary therapy and should be used as a way to become and remain healthy.
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