What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) or (Ley-key). In Japanese “Rei” can have many meanings. At a simple level “Rei” signifies Soul or Spirit and “Ki” means atmosphere, air, universe and more philosophically: life force. Hence Reiki assumes a typical translation of Universal Energy. Eastern systems of medicine have always recognised and worked with this energy. This energy is known as “Ki” in Japan, “Chi” in China and “Prana” in India.

All traditional and modern forms of energy therapy such as Reiki, Yoga or Acupuncture are believed to work by stimulating clearance of energy blocks and allowing natural healing mechanisms to work. Reiki is now also increasingly regarded as a belief and behaviour approach to personal fulfilment, whose principles and philosophy may help with a better life-balance and well-being. Maybe a chance to discover a deeper aspect of yourself?

The Five Reiki Principles and their pronunciation:

Just for today ~ Kyo dake wa (kjoh dakeh wah)
Don’t get angry ~ Okolu-na (ikaru-nah)
Don’t worry ~ Shinpai suna (shin-pie sue-nah)
Be grateful ~ Kansha shite ( kansha she-the)
Work hard ~ Go wo hage me ( gyo-o-hage me)
Be kind to others ~ Hito ni shinsetsu ni ( heeto knee shin-set-tzu knee)

A Little Bit About Reiki History

The art of Reiki came into being around 1910 and was taught by Reiki’s founder Mikao Usui, a Tendai Buddhist. In Japan he would have been referred to as ‘Usui Sensei’ by his students, with the word ‘Sensei’ meaning ‘revered teacher’ (as close a translation as possible).

In the West, we place the word Sensei before the surname. Sensei Usui set out to discover how it was possible to heal by laying on hands on the body. He believed in the power of energy as a natural healer. Sensei Usui began a quest that saw him researching, practicing and sharing his knowledge for the greater good.

Reiki For Emotional & Spiritual Healing

People come to Reiki for many different reasons. You may be going through some difficult times and need support. Illness and life challenges are often a time of stress, worry and anxiety. Pain of any kind are messages that we need to stop and pay attention. What ever your reason for feeling drawn to Reiki, and to me, is that you probably have a deeper inner knowing that ‘something’ needs to be addressed. Reiki can help release the potential in you.

We often go around in circles, having patterns or habits that can be detrimental to our health and well being, without us even realising why. Holding a clear intention to change is the first step. The next step is a Reiki session to help start to overcome the obstacles in the way of a happier, healthier and more joyful life.

I have found that Reiki encourages and supports positive personal change and growth at any stage in life, even towards the end of life. Reiki philosophy can help us to respond more calmly to all events and build on a more peaceful state of being.

We often forget what it feels like to be truly relaxed; my Clients tell me that Reiki has a calming effect and that the beneficial effects are often felt for several days after their treatment. Reiki can help by encouraging a sense of emotional well-being. Reiki affects people in many different ways as you will see from my testimonials.

If you would like to know more about how Reiki may help you then please call me… I would love to hear from you, let’s talk!

‘Stuff’ You Need To Know About Reiki

Reiki is a non-invasive, non-diagnostic, non-interventionist and non-manipulative holistic therapy.

Reiki is experienced as a flow of energy, mild tingling, warmth, coolness, other sensations, or maybe nothing at all.

Reiki does not address any disease or symptoms directly and does not interfere with any medical treatment, so open to all.

Reiki is used in various settings including private practice, complementary therapy centres, GP surgeries, hospitals, hospices, cancer support groups, post-operative recovery, drug rehabilitation, prisons, HIV/AIDS centres and in the care of the elderly.

There is no belief system or religion attached to Reiki.