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
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.