What is Reiki?
Reiki is known as a safe, natural, gentle, non-intrusive, hands-on (and sometimes not even in contact the body) healing technique. Reiki utilises Universal - or spiritual - energy to treat all kinds of ailments without the need for pressure, manipulation, or massage.
Reiki is a holistic therapy which may balance, harmonise and nurture all aspects of our being - body, mind, emotions and spirit.
Where does Reiki come from?
There are different styles of Reiki (pronounced in the West as "Ray-Kee"), but the one I use is Usui Reiki, which was developed by a Japanese Buddhist priest, Dr Mikao Usui (1865-1926), who discovered and developed a way of accessing and using healing energy, and of passing this healing ability on to other people.
"Reiki" is usually translated as "Universal Life-Force Energy", "God-directed Life-Force Energy", or "Spiritual Energy".
What happens during a Reiki treatment?
It is important to feel relaxed during your Reiki treatment, so clients are advised to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Shoes, belts and jewellery are removed before the treatment and mobile phones turned off.
Once lying comfortably on the therapy table, you may be covered with a light blanket to keep you warm. All you have to do then is relax with your eyes closed. Your chakras (energy centres of the body) will be tested, simply by me holding my hand above them in turn to intuit their state. I then endeavour to remove any negative energy and replace it with positive, free-flowing, vibrant energy. This ensures the chakras, which affect the entire being, maintain a healthy balance.
When the chakras are healthy, balanced and open, so are their related body parts and systems. When they are blocked by emotional or mental trauma, this can have a detrimental effect on our energy levels, possibly leading to dis-ease and ill-ness, as opposed to ease/comfort and well-ness.
Once the chakras are cleared and balanced, Reiki energy is directed into the body. Starting at the head and working down the body to the feet, the Reiki energy may dissipate blocked energy and pain, so allowing the body to begin healing itself.
What am I likely to experience?
Most people feel a deep sense of relaxation and peace; many fall asleep. Some clients feel a sense of heat or coolness in different parts of the body, or a tingling, buzzing or vibrating sensation. Many people feel as though they are floating or that the therapist's hands are still in contact with them, even once the treatment is over. Any pain has been reported as diminished or gone altogether, either during, or shortly after, a Reiki treatment, although this differs from person to person.
The therapist's hands do not have to be contact with a client's body for the treatment to be effective, so should a client be uncomfortable with being touched, this is not a problem. Instead, the therapist's hands will hover above the body, working in the aura (the invisible force field around the body) to allow the energy to access the body via the aura.
How long does a Reiki treatment take?
Usually about an hour; an hour to yourself, to relax and unwind in peace and tranquility.
Who may benefit from a Reiki treatment?
Absolutely anyone. Reiki is so gentle that is is safe for all, no matter their age or condition. Reiki can be very soothing for pregnant women and their unborn babies. Anyone who is ill or stressed may benefit from Reiki, but you do not have to be sick to feel its potential benefits - it is a lovely way of relaxing and being nurtured for a while.
How much does it cost?
£40 for every 45-60 minute treatment.
Do I need to undress?
No. Only outer clothes, shoes and jewellery need to be removed prior to treatment.
Effective treatment for...
- Headache, migraine, stress, anxiety
- Sleep disturbances/insomnia
- Emotional trauma, grief
- Facilitating spiritual awakening
- Pregnancy, pre/post-natal care
- Anger, depression, fatigue
- Back/neck/shoulder pain/spasms
- Ear/nose/throat ailments
- Skin/gastric/digestive complaints
- Muscle/joint sprains/injuries
- Promoting deep relaxation
- Pain relief
Quick Reference Guide
Occasionally a "healing crisis" may be experienced in the days following a Reiki treatment. This may manifest as a sudden cold, headache, or a bout of weeping. This can be taken as a sign that the Reiki energy is starting to release blockages of toxic physical, mental or emotional waste from the body.
Follow-up treatments may have a cumulative effect on this detoxification process. Drinking plenty of water in the days following a treatment can help the body to flush these toxins out, reinforcing the effects of the Reiki and ameliorating any symptoms.
None of the complementary holistic therapies offered by Jane Goodman Holistic Therapies is intended as primary healthcare. Complementary holistic therapies work alongside the relationship you have with your professional medical practitioner. If you have any medical concern, you must always consult your GP. As a holistic practitioner, I do not diagnose, prescribe medication or advise you to stop taking prescribed medication without first consulting your doctor.