SO... WHAT IS REIKI?
Reiki is a natural healing energy. It works holistically, so its benefits can be physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual.
The word "Reiki" means "Universal Energy", and the practice of Reiki was developed by Mikao Usui, early in the 20th century, in Japan. Eastern medicine has recognised and worked with this energy, which flows through everything. It is traditionally known as "ki" in Japan "qi" in China, and "prana" in India.
IS REIKI AN ALTERNATIVE TO CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE?
Reiki may be used alongside conventional healthcare, but you should always consult a GP about acute or infectious conditions, and in problems of an urgent nature. Reiki can expand and enhance the treatment options available when used in conjunction with orthodox healthcare, but it is absolutely not an alternative to going to see your GP.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF REIKI?
Reiki can help encourage a feeling of relaxation, and a sense of deep calm. It can help promote balance to our mind and emotions, which in turn can have positive physical effects on any stress-related symptoms.
Reiki supports positive, healthier personal choices, such as improving diet, exercise, and devoting more time to self-care. Reiki helps people to feel greater harmony and emotional resilience, and regular Reiki treatments can help us respond more calmly to challenges.
Reiki is a gentle energy, which is easily adapted to most medical conditions, and can be received safely by people of all ages, including newborn babies, pregnant mothers, surgical patients, those who are frail, and elderly people.
DO I NEED TO BELIEVE IN REIKI FOR IT TO WORK?
Reiki treatments will work just the same, no matter what beliefs you do or don't hold. Reiki is successfully used by, and practised by people from all kinds of backgrounds, belief systems and philosophies.
Going into your treatment with an open mind, being as relaxed as possible, and with the attitude of being willing to receive the Reiki energy is helpful - but that's all. Many people are not sure what to expect (if indeed anything), and the experience of receiving a treatment depends on the individual. Whatever you experience will be what's right for you. The Reiki energy will still flow, and it's up to you to evaluate what changes/benefits you have experienced, after your treatment (whether a full session or a taster).