Reiki is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy. Reiki was used thousands of years ago in Tibet, China and India. Dr Mikao Usui rediscovered it over a hundred years ago and this skill was "westernised" and passed on to students all over the world. Modern science is now able to measure the electromagnetic fields which exist in and around all living things and put forward a scientific hypothesis for how healing works.
This non-invasive therapy reinforces the body's natural ability to harmonise itself, and can support and enhance all other forms of treatment. Reiki works holistically to balance the whole person and brings about a deep sense of relaxation and wellbeing. This gentle, yet powerful complementary therapy can be used with confidence alongside orthodox healthcare.
Reiki is non-diagnostic, non-interventionist, non-manipulative and no pressure is applied. A session is usually carried out with the client fully clothed, lying down or seated comfortably. Reiki may be experienced as a flow of energy, a wonderful feeling of warmth and calm.
Our bodies have a natural ability to heal themselves of certain conditions and this process can be enhanced through complementary medicine which encourages a free flow of energy within the body. When we relax deeply, while experiencing Reiki, our nervous system can move from sympathetic (fight flight) to parasympathetic (rest and digest) mode. This shift enables stress reduction and deep relaxation, both essential for restoration and healing to take place. This is when the body’s own healing abilities are stimulated.
I have spent many years cultivating stillness in my daily meditation practice. I experience that same stillness when giving Reiki, this helps the energy to flow more effectively so the client can also experience profound shifts in their state of being, moving them closer to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual harmony. This process of healing can bring about a greater sense of peace and harmony in everyday life too.
My teacher Fiona Heath who has over twenty years’ experience trained me in traditional Reiki, these traditions go back to the 7th century and the basic needs of people to experience kindness, compassion and love. My meditation practice and teaching also has its roots in these ancient Buddhist philosophies, remembering Buddhism is not a religion but a way of living.