Reiki is a gentle hands-on healing system that encourages the body's natural ability to rebalance and heal. Reiki can help ease physical symptoms such as aches and pains, digestive issues, insomnia and headaches. It may also help with emotional issues such as worry, stress, and anxiety, promoting a sense of calm and relaxation.
Reiki can also be given to animals - see 'Animal Healing' page for more information.
What is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced "ray-key") is a healing technique developed in Japan in the early 1900's. Based on the principle that all living things need a flow of life energy to maintain good health, a reiki practitioner will use their hands to draw energy to the client.
The Reiki we know today was first developed in 1922 by Dr Mikao Usui. He had a spiritual experience on Mount Kurama where he gained the Reiki energy and subsequently developed his style of Reiki "Usui Reiki Ryoho". It is this form of Reiki which I practice.
What happens in a Reiki Session?
The client will lie down, fully clothed except for footwear. The reiki practitioner places their hands either on or just above certain positions on the client's body, respecting privacy and boundaries, starting with the head and working down towards the feet. Any specific areas that need attention may be treated accordingly.
How does it feel?
During the session, the client may feel sensations of heat, mild tingling, stomach rumbles, muscle twitches, coolness, sleepiness or emotional release. Or they may just feel relaxed and peaceful.
Crystals can conduct energy hence their use in modern technology (such as quartz crystals in watches). This property makes crystals useful for healing purposes. They can be placed on and around the body, helping to rebalance the aura. The energy from crystals is subtle yet effective, and works well in combination with Reiki as a Crystal-Reiki treatment.
A Crystal-Reiki session is similar to a full-body Reiki treatment. The crystals are layed out on and around the body and left in place as Reiki healing is carried out. The crystals can also work as 'tools' such as quartz points and a pendulum to help sense and rebalance the auric field.
Temple at Mount Kurama, Japan. [RL 2007]