Reiki is a therapy which focuses on healing through the use of energy. The term Reiki literally translates to “universal life energy”. The concept is based on the idea that energy flows through all living things, but when the energy flows get interrupted, a person may start to feel unwell or suffer periods of stress.

This is a natural therapy which is carried out by a practitioner who has been trained to align with the earth’s energy flows. The practitioner is trained by a master, who helps a student to tune into energy and then use this energy to heal others.

The practice takes a holistic approach to healing. Rather than simply focusing on a specific part of the body, a therapist will treat the body mind and spirit. The objective is to re-balance the patients energy.

During a typical treatment session, the practitioner will place their hands on, or over their clients’ body. The patient may choose to be treated in a sitting or lying position. This process is thought to re-balance an individuals energy and to promote well being and relaxation.

What type of ailments can Reiki help me with?

Reiki can be used as a treatment for various complaints. It is largely scene as a complementary therapy which can assist with feelings of anxiety, isolation or even depression. Pregnant women may find the therapy soothing, whilst others may use it to assist them with the withdrawal affects of tobacco or alcohol.

The amount of treatment required differs from person to person, depending on their individual circumstances. However patients should be prepared to undergo numerous treatment sessions as the therapy is a healing process.

How will I feel during Reiki therapy?

Most recipients of Reiki will feel an overall feeling of calm and well being, however some people report feeling warm, having tingling sensations or seeing colours. Negative reactions are rarely reported, although some people have suggested they experienced headaches or flu like symptoms.

Patients should remember that practitioners in the therapy do not have a formal training and that the practice is not regulated. A therapist is not trained to offer a diagnosis and it is advisable to seek a doctors opinion before undergoing therapy.