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What is Reiki?

Updated: Dec 11, 2019


By Mary Nougher


So, what is Reiki?

Reiki, pronounced ‘ray-key’, is often described as “life force energy” or “spiritual energy”. It is a natural, gentle yet powerful form of healing therapy that aims to increase energy levels, promote relaxation and wellbeing and enhance the body’s natural healing ability.


Reiki aims to rebalance the body’s energy flow. A simple way to explain this is by comparing the body’s energy to a river. Our energy should flow easily down through the body. In the river analogy, a pebble, or even a rock, will fall into the river and make the flow of the water a little more difficult. These pebbles are akin to human worries, fears and anger. Each pebble builds on top of the other and soon there is only a trickle of water running in the once free flowing riving. A reiki treatment helps the body rebalance, and allows the flow of energy once again.


Reiki is not a religion, there is nothing you have to believe in to use or receive reiki. It can do no harm and the energy flows to the areas in your body that require it. Reiki is a complementary therapy which works in conjunction with other medical or therapeutic techniques to lower stress, reduce pain and promote wellness.

A reiki treatment is usually applied either on a massage/reiki table or sitting in a chair and the practitioner places their hands lightly on, or just above your body in a sequence of positions, generally corresponding to the chakra system through the body. During a session, you may feel warmth or cold, a tingling sensation, you may see colours or images, or experience a rumbling tummy, feel sleepy or you may feel absolutely nothing, but know that the energy is still working where it is needed.


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