What is reiki?
Reiki is a calming, relaxing treatment that works on an energetic level to stimulate physical, emotional and spiritual healing. The word reiki (霊 気) can be translated as ‘spiritual energy’ or ‘universal life force’. It originates from a Japanese spiritual practice and here in the West, it’s now best known as a complementary therapy. Many people turn to reiki to help release physical, emotional, mental and spiritual pain.
What happens in a reiki session?
A session is a very relaxing experience. The recipient will lie, fully clothed, on the reiki and the practitioner will sit or stand next to the recipient. The practitioner will channel the energy through their hands to the recipient; this will either be through light touch or in the recipient’s aura field above their body.
Their aim is to help the client channel the energy wherever it needs to go for the greatest good; the practitioner is not the healer – the recipient is. The practitioner is completely neutral in this process – just a vessel if you like. The reiki energy simply allows the body to relax and do whatever it needs to do.
Some people may have strong emotional reactions to the energy, and this is absolutely normal. The key thing is knowing you are in a safe space with your practitioner. This should then allow you to let go of anything you no longer need, and just let it happen.
Who can benefit from reiki?
Listen to your intuition! If you are being called to try reiki (or anything spiritual for that matter!), then take the next step. Even if it isn’t a conscious thought process, it is likely that you know you will benefit in some way, .
Unlike many other therapies, you don’t need to come with a concrete goal; you may just want to relax or rebalance as part of an on-going self-care routine. Other people may come with specific emotional, spiritual or physical issues, which include but are in no way limited to:
- Pain management;
- Physical issues as a result of stress – e.g. blood pressure, IBS, headaches;
- Grief and loss;
- Feeling unable to communicate effectively;
- Toxic relationships; and
- Low self-esteem.