What is Reiki?
Reiki refers to universal life force energy, which surrounds us all but can become depleted, allowing physical and emotional symptoms to develop. Having a treatment with a qualified therapist allows you to absorb more life force energy, removing blockages and revitalising the body. It is a natural, safe and simple healing method which harnesses natural energies in a concentrated form through the hands of the practitioner. It induces a state of deep relaxation, calming the mind, allowing the body essential time to repair and heal and leaves the client feeling rejuvenated and energised.
Reiki is an energy healing treatment that works holistically; on the whole body, mind and spirit. Not a system of religious beliefs, Reiki is simply a relaxing treatment whereby natural healing vibrations are transmitted through the hands of a Reiki practitioner (acting as a conduit) to the body of the recipient. Vibration is the frequency that our energy body resonates at. We all; humans and animals alike, feel and respond to each other’s vibrations, even if we’re not aware of it. It is the reason why we may be drawn to, or repelled by, certain people. The higher our vibration, the more aligned we are with our greater purpose, in touch with our higher selves, and living in our flow. And when that happens, we are most connected with our true selves and are bodies are best able to heal themselves and maintain homeostasis.
What To Expect During A Reiki Treatment
Following a brief consultation where I will listen to your medical history, enquire as to what issues you may hope the therapy can benefit and explain a little about the therapy, you will be asked to remove your shoes only. You remain full clothed otherwise so it is best to wear loose, comfortable clothing to your appointment.
You will lie on a comfortable massage table and either listen to soothing relaxation music or enjoy the rarity that is silence in our busy lives. I will place my hands on, or over, parts of your body; for example on the head or feet but hovering over more sensitive or private parts of the body such as the face or chest. People tend to enjoy sensations of heat or cold, tingling as energy flow within the body is balanced and commonly note that their thoughts become silenced, experiencing a calmness of mind which is a blessed break from the constant chatter many of us experience on a seemingly continuously basis. It can feel like a ‘spring clean’ for the body, with an enjoyable sense of cleanliness and rejuvenation following a treatment.
Allowing the body this break from the constant pressures placed upon us is beneficial in itself, allowing time for self-healing and de-stressing. Energetic blockages can be eliminated as well as pent up emotion and stress being gently released, resulting in a feeling of lightness and rejuvenation.
What To Expect Following A Treatment
People generally report that their sleep improved following a treatment, enjoying deeper, more beneficial sleep for at least a number of days afterwards. Other reactions to treatment vary; some individuals can feel very relaxed, more at peace and less stressed or feel that they have a lot more energy and better mood. Sometime the initial reactions feel less welcome but can nonetheless represent beneficial change in the body. Some of these reactions, generally referred to as healing crises, can include headache, increased thirst or diarrhoea as toxins are eliminated from the system, or short-term heightened emotions which represent the drawing out and releasing of trapped emotions from the body. This can feel distressing at the time but is actually highly beneficial as trapped emotions do no good remaining in our bodies, it is much healthier to draw these out and release them and clients do feel lighter and happier once this process has passed.
Any of these potential side effects are temporary and will generally pass after 24 hours. However, I do encourage my clients to seek medical attention about anything that may be of concern and am always available to answer questions or offer advice regarding detoxification or emotional response.