Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation which also promotes self-healing. It helps bring the mind and body into balance to support our wellbeing.
The word Reiki is represented by two Japanese kanji, Rei and Ki. Rei is the upper character and Ki is the lower character. Together the kanji represent the concept of the universal life force energy that runs through all living beings.
The world’s spiritual wisdom traditions have been describing and utilising universal life force energy for thousands of years. For example Ki is called Prana in Sanskrit and Chi in Chinese. Modern science also recognises the existence of this electrical energy field, naming it the biofield. Ki is used in martial arts training, meditation, energy healing techniques, breathing techniques and many other modalities.
Life force energy flows through and around our body nourishing our cells and organs and supporting their healthy function. It is also the primary energy source for our emotions, thoughts and spiritual expression.
We’re also aware within ourselves how our life force energy influences our wellbeing. When our Ki is low or blocked we don’t feel our best and everything can be a struggle. We can also be more susceptible to getting sick. However when we’re feeling great we say we feel ‘full of beans’ which accurately describes our life force energy is flowing strongly!
How Reiki works
Reiki works by flowing universal life force energy into the parts of the body, mind and energy system that may be blocked or depleted. It stimulates the body’s relaxation response, creating an environment in the body where self healing can happen. Reiki treats the whole person – promoting physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
Reiki treatments are given by the practitioner gently laying their hands on the body of the client. Universal life force energy then flows to the person receiving the treatment, stimulating the body’s relaxation response and self-healing mechanism.
Reiki is gentle and calming to receive. It works well as a complementary therapy and can support all natural and orthodox modalities and medicines. Receiving a treatment can offer beneficial effects including a sense of relaxation, peace and wellbeing.
Reiki can help with:
• Assisting relaxation
• Balancing and replenishing energy levels
• Reducing stress and pain
• Increasing mental and physical energy
• Accelerating physical, mental and emotional healing
• Expanding creativity and communication
It can be hard to describe Reiki effectively in words and is best understood by being experienced!