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What is Reiki?


Many ancient cultures, including the Japanese, Chinese, Indians and Egyptians, embraced the belief that life energy flows through the body deeply affecting our bodies, minds and emotions. Current research also supports that energy does extend throughout and beyond the physical body and that disruptions or imbalances in its flow correlate to physical, mental and emotional illnesses. The healing art of Reiki (pronounced ‘RAY-key’) addresses these imbalances to support good health and well-being. Simply put, Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki is a Japanese word meaning universal energy. It is a non-invasive method of hands-on healing that taps into the energy which flows through and around your body. Just as an acupuncturist manipulates energy with needles, the reiki practitioner does the same, non-invasively, with their hands.


The system of Reiki was created by a Japanese man, Mikao Usui, who taught and practiced Reiki in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century’s. Research into the source of Usui’s work points to ancient Buddhist roots and teachings of great Eastern masters, as well as his own meditation practice. Usui put his inspiration to good use as over the next century Reiki spread throughout Japan, and then the world. Reiki is not massage, hypnosis, or a tool for diagnosing illness. Reiki is a technique that triggers the body’s natural healing abilities. Reiki is a natural therapy that promotes balance and the normal regenerative processes of the body and mind, especially when combined with the sincere openness and desire of a willing recipient.

During a Reiki Session you will normally lie on a table fully clothed, but the technique is so adaptable that you can receive it in almost any setting, including a chair or hospital bed, through casts and bandages, and in any state of health. When you come to a Reiki session it is best to wear loose, comfortable clothing. A Reiki session is very simply performed. The practitioner places their hands on or near the client in a series of hand positions, moving around the body. The effects vary from person to person, but most people experience deep relaxation. You may perceive a tingling or pulsing sensation, a feeling of warmth and comfort, or you may even fall asleep. It is possible you’ll experience powerful sensations or even emotions during or after a session but results are sometimes subtle.


Benefits of Reiki

  • Dissolves energy blocks and promotes natural balance between mind, body and spirit.

  • Increases energy levels.

  • Creates deep relaxation and helps the body release stress and tension.

  • Clears the mind and improves focus.

  • Accelerates the body’s innate healing ability.

  • Aids in better sleep.

  • Can Reduce blood pressure.

  • Helps with pain management.

  • Assists the body in cleansing itself from toxins.

  • Supports the immune system.

  • Promotes spiritual growth, creativity and emotional cleansing.

  • Extremely beneficial complementary therapy for cancer patients; reduces symptoms relating to chemotherapy and radiation.

  • Beneficial before and after surgery,

  • Highly supportive in managing physical and emotional pregnancy symptoms.

  • Compliments any medical treatment, and much more!

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