What is Reiki?
Definition from the Oxford English Dictionary:
Reiki, as defined by the Oxford English dictionary, is “a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being”.
Information from the UK Reiki Federation:
"The Japanese word ‘Reiki’ literally translates as universal life force energy. This system of healing was developed by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century. It is a non-invasive complementary therapy that has been taught and used in the UK since the late 1900s, but Eastern medicine has for thousands of years worked with this energy, recognising its flow through all living things. Reiki supports orthodox medicine or can be used alone but is not a replacement for traditional medication or treatments. It is not based on any belief, faith or suggestion, yet, scientific research using quantum physics is starting to help us to understand how Reiki healing may work to benefit the individual. It has been suggested that in years to come it may be known as energy medicine based on scientifically measurable energy emitted from the practitioner’s hands."
What illnesses can Reiki treat?
Reiki is classified as a complimentary therapy, and therefore works alongside conventional medicine with any condition - there are no counterindications associated with it. I see it as an addition to 'mainstream' medicine, and it must not be used as an alternative to any treatment programmes suggested by GPs etc. It can however, benefit everyone, from the young to the elderly.
Reiki for me:
Reiki, for me, is a beautiful, gentle and non-invasive way of helping the body, mind and spirit to naturally heal.
We are all made up of energy, as is everything around us. During a session, I invite universal energy to flow through me, to you. Your body then does what it needs to do with this energy. It is simple, and highly effective!
At the end of each session, I will provide the opportunity to explore any sensations that have arisen, as I believe that what is felt, seen or heard by the client during a session can be an important part of healing. Far more important than any feedback I may wish to offer!