Balancing the flow of life energy through your body
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is one of the most ancient healing techniques known to man, although it only became known as Reiki as a result of the work of Mikao Usui in the 1920s. According to the inscription on his memorial stone, Usui taught Reiki to over 2000 people during his lifetime. Sixteen of these students continued their training to reach the Shinpiden level, a level equivalent to the Western third degree, or Master level.
It’s based on the principle that illness and disease are the result of impairment to the natural flow of life energy. The purpose of Reiki is to reinstate the balance and flow of this energy through the body. During a Reiki treatment the therapist channels the Reiki energy through their hands, into the receiver’s body, with the objective of enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Although a less well-known and less ‘mainstream’ therapy than some others, Reiki is generally much-loved and respected by those who practise it and those who receive it. Even the most hardened cynic has been known to float out of the therapy room after a session and call a few days later to book their next session!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Your session begins with a brief chat about what you are looking for Reiki to do for you. The treatment itself starts with you lying, face up, on the therapy couch. You are fully clothed throughout the session.
Once your therapist has gone through their preparation rituals and tuned into the Reiki energy, they will start working their way down your body, laying their hands on key points, and keeping them there for however long seems appropriate at the time.
Once the front of your body has been worked on (in a very non-invasive way), you may be asked to turn over so your therapist can work down your back, ending at your feet.
As hands are laid on you, the objective is to pump your body full of positive, healing Reiki energy, which in turn may displace any negative energy that may be present.
Everyone has a different experience of Reiki so we can’t say what you will feel during the session, but most people report feeling a very warm, soothing sensation where the hands are (even after they’ve moved on) and sometimes tingling. A Reiki treatment can also cause twitching, laughter, or sometimes even tears, but these are perfectly normal responses and are thought to be indications that your body is letting go of negative energy.
I have been regularly receiving Reiki from Sue for almost 10 years. It helps relieve stress, gives me chance to “sort” issues and generally restores my equilibrium. Sue is a warm and friendly practitioner who puts you totally at ease.