Reiki .. The Healing Force

What is Reiki?
What Can Reiki Do?
What is Reiki used for?
What happens during a Reiki Session?

What is Reiki?

The word "Reiki" ('Ray-key') is made up of two Japanese words:
“Rei" - meaning "universal, spiritual or free flowing" and
"Ki" - meaning "life force energy"

Reiki is a "spirit led life force energy”.

Reiki is a safe, gentle, non-invasive form of hands-on healing that increases energy, reduces pain, produces deep relaxation and a general feeling of well-being. Reiki initiation attunes a practitioner to become a channel for the Reiki energy and is a powerful, life-changing experience for growth along your spiritual path.

This universal life force energy, by definition, is found everywhere in the universe and is the same energy that modern science in general, and quantum physics in particular, recognizes as the subatomic energy which underlies all matter.

It is also the same energy known to many ancient civilizations, by many names, including Ch'i (Chinese), Prana (Asian Indian), Barraka (Islamic countries), Ruach (Hebrews), Mana (Polynesians) and Orenda (Iroquois Native Americans), to name but a few!

Although this energy is present everywhere, imbalances can and do occur. When they occur in the human body the results may include stress, inability to concentrate, depression and physical disease.

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What Can Reiki Do?

  • Provide relaxation, confidence, peace and joy.
  • Remove tension and negative energies.
  • Release stress.
  • Create balance, harmony, clarity and good focus in daily work.
  • Improve concentration.
  • Aid meditation and positive thinking.
  • Encourage personal development, self-love and love for others.
  • Allow one to become more responsible for one's health.
  • Accelerate the natural healing process.
  • Enhance, and not interfere with, any other treatment or medication.
  • Lead to a better quality of life.

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What is Reiki used for?

Reiki Therapy is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation which involves the channeling of universal life force energy through the Reiki Practitioner and into the Recipient, with the intention of correcting any imbalance of energy. Because the Practitioner merely acts as a channel for the energy, he or she also benefits from the Reiki energy as it passes through them!

Reiki works on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels which means that, unlike orthodox medicine, it treats the person as a whole, rather than just the symptoms of a condition.  The human body has a natural propensity to heal itself and Reiki simply accelerates this process.

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What happens during a Reiki Session?

Reiki Therapy is given by placing hands on, or slightly above parts of the body that correspond with the major energy centers (Crown, Brow, Throat, Heart, Solar Plexus, Navel and Root). The hands are left in each position for 2 to 5 minutes. There is no massaging involved and the Practitioner will respect personal privacy. Both the Recipient and the Practitioner remain fully clothed, although the Recipient may be asked to remove shoes or items of tight-fitting clothing such as a large belt.

The therapy may be given with the Recipient lying down on a couch, the floor or seated on a straight-backed chair. A full session can last for an hour or more but, if time is limited, a shorter session can be arranged which lasts about 15 minutes. While the effects of the shorter session may not be as long lasting as a full session, remarkable results can be obtained even in this short time.

In the room where the Reiki is given there may be relaxing music and/or aromatic fragrances to create a pleasant atmosphere. However, these are not essential to the therapy and can be removed if the Recipient wishes.

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