Reiki, (pronounced ‘Ray-key’), means ‘universal life energy’ and it describes a system of natural, hands-on healing that originates from Japan. This gentle, safe form of energy-work can be of benefit to anyone during the normal course of life and in times of illness and stress. Reiki works holistically, which means that it assists at every level of a person’s being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The energy of Reiki works with the body’s own healing processes, helping to restore balance, harmony and well-being. It can safely be used in conjunction with conventional medical treatments and combines well with other complementary therapies. Clients report reduced levels of pain, greater energy, improved mood and well-being.
Treatments take place with the client fully clothed and each Reiki session lasts about an hour, depending on the client’s specific needs. People often expereince a sense of deep relaxation, comfort and peace and may fall asleep during the treatment; they may also have an emotional response which indicates that a shift is taking place. Reiki usually has a cumulative effect, so with each successive treatment, the energy and healing can go deeper. It is not necessary to have any particular religious or spiritual beliefs in order to benefit from Reiki.