What is Reiki?
I remember my first Reiki treatment like it was yesterday.
I felt a little vulnerable at the start of the session as I had decided to open up about why I was trying Reiki out. Plus I wasn’t sure what to expect. But by the end of the session, I felt relaxed and at peace, inspired and supported.
It felt good, really good, to do something for myself. To take the time out from the usual chaos in my mind and properly rest. Where I knew I didn’t have to say much to be understood, and truly seen.
Since then, Reiki has become the essence of my self-care, healing and growth.
And I simply had to share this beautiful gift with others. And I’m very fortunate to be able to do this through Wholeheartedly You.
Reiki can help us to deepen our healing, supporting us on our journey to get to know, and love, who we truly are. Beyond our stress, anxiety, roles, and emotional or mental pain.
Sounds amazing right. But what it is?
Well this blog will delve in a bit more. From my experience, the best way to understand it is to experience it. But, in the meantime, this blog is a great place to start.
Let’s go back to the beginning
“Reiki” (ray-key) is Japanese for ‘universal life energy’; a word used to describe what is today recognised as a form of complementary therapy. The practice itself was actually founded in Japan in the 1920s by the Buddhist priest, Mikao Usui, and has since been used around the world as a system of natural healing.
Some evidence indicates that other styles of Reiki were being practiced in Japan before Usui created his style, but these weren’t widely known.
So how did Usui discover Reiki?
Well, after three weeks of fasting and meditation on Mount Kurama, a sacred mountain in the north of Kyoto, Usui claimed to have his first Reiki energy experience.
Although he was starving and near death from fasting, a burst of intense healing energy gave him a sense of vitality and awareness that he’d never felt before. Shortly after this incredible experience, Usui opened a clinic in Tokyo to practice the healing technique and share it with others.
A long story short, with a lineage of Reiki masters teaching the Usui approach after his passing (I happen to be a 12th generation Usui Reiki practitioner), and with growing intrigue, practice internationally and research to support its benefits, Reiki is becoming a widely sought after means of facilitating deep relaxation.
It can promote our body’s natural healing abilities, while restoring the natural energetic balance.
Ultimately, it can support our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual harmony and balance.
But what is Reiki really?
Everything is energy, and energy is everything. Science – namely quantum physics – proves it.
Einstein himself said it: “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it.”
The role of a Reiki practitioner is to guide energy into an individual’s body to restore its natural energetic balance.
I like to think of it as replenishing the body’s energetic system with fresh, healing, invigorating life force energy. Like a huge dosage of the best possible vitamins which cleanse, detox, energise all of the places within us that need it. Fresh energy in – older, more tired energy out.
Through this process, the natural energetic balance that is innate to us, which can be interrupted and blocked by physical ailments and stress, emotional distress and mental pain (often accumulated over time) is restored.
What happens during a Reiki treatment?
A Reiki treatment involves a trained practitioner guiding energy into and through a person’s physical (and energetic bodies) to promote their natural healing abilities.
The Reiki practitioner is purely a channel for this energy – rather than the source of it. Because the energy already exists everywhere, and within everything.
With training, dedication and practice, practitioners can carry out readings of an individual’s energy and by a using intentions, support the energy to go where it is needed. As an intelligence however, Reiki will naturally go where it is needed the most, and will continue to flow within an individual’s physical and energetic bodies after a treatment too.
Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive healing technique. There are many variations of Reiki. I use a hands-off technique, positioning my hands a few centimetres above the skin at various points of the body while an individual is laying down, or sitting if that’s more comfortable.
I also like to light some candles, and play some relaxing music to help create a serene and tranquil environment.
What are the benefits of Reiki?
The benefits of reiki can be very personal and unique to each individual.
However in general, it can:
- Promote harmony and balance, supporting your healing journey to self-love
- Relax and release tension from the body
- Break down energy blocks and balance mind, body, spirit
- Cleanse the body of toxins and support the immune system
- Clear the mind and improves focus
- Help you sleep better
- Help spiritual growth and emotional cleansing
- Accelerate the body’s natural healing abilities
What is Distance Reiki?
Energy knows no physical boundaries. This means that it is possible for Reiki to be directed towards an individual, without them needing to be in the physical presence of a practitioner.
Distance reiki treatments can be just as peaceful and effective as an in-person treatment.
Read more about having a Reiki treatment with me in Shepherd’s Bush, West London: Reiki Treatments