- What is reiki?
- How does it work?
- What ailments can it help?
What is reiki?
Reiki was developed in Japan, and has been used for many years as a form of healing – to promote relaxation and encourage the body into a balanced and state of well-being. It is said to help release physical, emotional and mental blockages by using "life energy". This energy is used to help the body balance and heal itself.
How does it work?
It involves the therapist putting their hands in different positions either on or above the body over the seven "chakra" points. Healing energy is then said to flow from the therapist to the patient, giving the patient what he or she needs. Reiki flows through the areas where negative energy has placed itself, and replaces it with positive energy, allowing the life energy to flow again. The effect on a patient can vary considerably – a patient may feel nothing or they may feel tingling sensations, warmth or coolness during this time. Often it works in a very subtle way and the patient may think that nothing has happened!
However, almost everyone experiences deep relaxation – in fact, the treatment can be so relaxing that the patient may fall asleep, but this will not stop the reiki energy working. It can also continue to work for a while after the session.
Sessions usually last for an hour and involve you lying or sitting on a couch – there is no need to remove any clothing. The therapist will take your medical history and talk about any areas of specific concern. Try not to eat anything heavy before a session as it is best not to have a full stomach for a session.
After a session, it is advisable to rest and drink plenty of water.
What ailments can it help?
This is a gently therapy, therefore it can help anyone with a lot of physical pain who could perhaps not tolerate more vigorous treatments.
Reiki can be used for a wide range of physical and emotional conditions. It is said to treat the following particularly well:
- Aches & pains
- Mild anxiety
- Everyday stresses
- Pre-menstrual tension (PMT)