Reiki is an ancient Japanese method of healing, which was rediscovered by Dr Mikao Usui during the last half of the 1800s. Dr Usui developed this healing system from ancient Buddhist teachings after many years of study, research and meditation. Pronounced 'ray-key', Reiki is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy, an energy which is all around us and within us.
Reiki healing is given by the simple process of the practitioner gently channelling healing energy to the recipient. Healing can take place on many levels: physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. Reiki helps to rebalance the natural flow of energy and may assist the natural healing process. It also reduces stress and tension and promotes deep relaxation, and can help to harmonise the mind and emotions.
A treatment is usually carried out with the recipient laying on a couch, so they can feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible. The practitioner then places their hands gently, and non-intrusively, over areas of the body. Reiki is not a form of massage as the hands remain still, and there is no need to remove clothing.Reiki affects each person differently, but it always acts where the receiver needs it most. During treatment people often feel warmth, but sometimes coolness or tingling is felt. They may also be aware of physical sensations in the body, or the effect may be of an emotional or spiritual nature. 'Comforting' and 'peaceful' are words that are often used by people when describing treatment.