What exactly is Reiki?
Reiki is a traditional, safe, non-intrusive complementary therapy that the trained practitioner delivers with the hands. It was developed in Japan and has been taught and used in the UK for several decades.
During Reiki the client will remain fully clothed and lie on a treatment couch. The practitioner's hands will be lightly placed in Reiki positions on or near the body.
What can it do for me?
Reiki’s practical healthcare value lies in its tendency to induce deep relaxation on a physical, mental and emotional level.
In physiological terms, typically during and for some time after a Reiki treatment, the sympathetic nervous system down-regulates and the client experiences physical changes associated with deep relaxation, such as, for example, a slower heart rate, easier breathing, and gentle relaxation of muscles.
This is profoundly useful as relaxation strengthens the body's own ability to self-heal and self-repair. Put simply, we heal more readily when relaxed, and far less well and more slowly when stressed.
Reiki's effects are not only physical. As a holistic system, over time Reiki quietly yet deeply addresses the client's entire wellbeing - not just body, but also mind and emotions. Many report a calmer mind, refreshed mental clarity, improved sleep, and some even feel a sense of steady support and deep comfort during grief. Testimonials from current clients can be seen here.
What about conventional medicine?
Reiki is complementary, never a substitute. Complementary therapies like Reiki, Tai-Chi, Yoga and Acupuncture can support your ongoing healthcare but should not be used in place of care and direction from your GP.
So if I’m already having medical treatment, what is the role of something like this?
Reiki can help even when it is not the only help you need. For example, necessary surgery and medical procedures can be stressful and traumatic in themselves. As Reiki is so calming to the mind and body, many find that it tends to make us better able to receive, make the best of, and recover, from medical interventions.
I think I'm quite well. So can Reiki offer me anything?
Many clients book Reiki to maintain good strength and health, as part of proactive self-care. Indeed this was my own motivation in seeking out Reiki many years ago.