Reiki can ease physical symptoms such as aches and pains, stomach and irritable bowel symptoms, insomnia and headaches.
Reiki can also help with emotional issues such as worry, stress, and anxiety.
What is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced "ray-key") is a healing technique developed in Japan in the early 1900's. Reiki encourages the body's natural ability to rebalance and heal. 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 in which he gained the Reiki energy and from this developed his style of Reiki which he called 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 gently places their hands either on or just above certain positions on the client's body, maintaining privacy and respecting boundaries, starting with the head and working down towards the feet. Any specific areas that need attention may be treated accordingly.
Reiki healing can also be given to animals (see animal healing)
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.
A full body Reiki session takes 1 hour. Shorter 30 minute seated sessions can also be offered.
Crystals have the ability to store, transmit and focus energy hence their use in modern technology (e.g. quartz crystals in watches). It is thought that this ability makes crystals useful for healing purposes. By placing crystals on and around the body, the energy centres ('chakras') can be rebalanced to bring beneficial effects. The energy from crystals is subtle yet effective, and works well in combination with Reiki as a Crystal-Reiki treatment. Crystals are also helpful as tools for inner work and meditation.
A Crystal-Reiki session is similar to a full-body Reiki treatment. The crystals are placed on and around the body, in specific layouts, and left in place as the practioner carries out Reiki healing. The practitioner may also work with crystals as 'tools', using a crystal quartz point and a pendulum to help sense and rebalance the auric field.
Temple at Mount Kurama, Japan. [RL 2007]