"Reiki" (ray-key) is japanese for 'universal life energy', a term used to describe many systems of natural healing. This Healing tradition was founded by Dr Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication.
We live in a world of energy that nourishes and maintains all living things. When this energy flows uninterrupted there is balance and harmony within and around us and we experience a sense of well-being.
There are many variations of Reiki, but in essence it is a healing process that works at bringing us into balance and reinforces the body's natural ability to heal itself at all levels, whether physical, mental or spiritual. It is a tradition that is open to any belief system.
Reiki is a healing process that anyone can benefit from in the normal course of their life and may also bring help and comfort to people suffering from a range of conditions. It should not, however, be regarded as a cure for such conditions, as a natural form of healing Reiki can support and enhance other forms of treatment.
The method of recieving a Reiki treatment from a therapist is simple, the client remains fully dressed and lies on a couch or sits on a chair and relaxes. The therapist gently places their hands non-intrusively, on or near the body. There is no massage or manipulation and the whole person is treated rather than specific symptoms. It is also possible to receive Reiki at a distance.
Reiki therapists are not trained in diagnosis and will not offer any diagnosis or prognosis. Clients may or may not feel sensations during a treatment and most people feel relaxed and at peace afterwards. However, treatment could stir up emotions or lead to a healing reaction, such as headaches or flu like symptoms. Any reactions are usually of short duration and are a natuar part of the healing process.
Reiki is taught by Reiki masters, who have trained in the tradition passed on in person from master to student. Students go through a process of initiation/attunement to the Reiki energy. They are then able to treat themselves and others, not only from a healing perspective, but also as an aid to personal development and spiritual growth.