What is Reiki? How can it help me?
Reiki is a blessing: an instantaneously-conferred “Sacred Potential” – for Healing, Protection, and Spiritual Development.
– James Deacon
Reiki - what is it? After being asked this question many times, it’s taken a lot for me to give an answer that I feel really encompasses this beautiful gift. Reiki is total love. It is universal life force - untainted & pure. In Japanese, the word "rei" refers to a higher intelligence that lives within every Universal being - life-force...spiritual consciousness. The word "ki" refers to the nonphysical energy that flows through everything...also known as Chi, Qi or Prana. Reiki helps 'Ki' or energy, flow freely, leaving us feeling healthy, balanced and joyful. The combination of these two words is what defines Reiki as "spiritually guided life-force energy."
Whilst Reiki in its nature sort of defies my attempts to ‘explain it,’ I think it’s important to try to demystify the process as much possible. I totally understand the scepticism that can surround energy work...because before I tried it I felt it. I’m never trying to persuade or convince. I feel that with reiki it’s necessary to simply surrender to the felt experience - put simply, have a treatment & decide for yourself. Anyone can receive - you don’t have to consider yourself ‘spiritual,’ though I believe we all are all spiritual beings, whether we view ourselves through that lens or not. I’m so grateful for reiki & for the shifts it’s catalysed in my own life. 🙏🏼
So...what is Reiki?
Reiki is a subtle but effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy for healing. Distant Reiki sessions work as they can transcend distance, space & time because energy is not limited by distance! Think of it as receiving a text instantly from someone at the other end of the country...distance is only a physical limitation, so sessions can be done without clients being physically present. We are all connected, as we are all energy matter and part of a larger whole.
Reiki is known to aid relaxation, assist in the body’s natural healing processes & develop emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. Reiki can be used to alleviate depression & anxiety, sleep problems, headaches & promotes wellness on a holistic level. 🙏🏼
In a session, distance or in studio, your only job is to lie down & be ready to receive. You may experience sensations such as heat or tingling. Some people report seeing visuals such as colors or pictures, or having memories surface. People generally feel deeply relaxed during & after the treatment.
A LITTLE DEEPER..
There is much more to our physical bodies than muscles and bones, more than can be detected by any scan or by the typical human eye. Our bodies also contain a subtle energy system through which energy flows - or tries to! This energy system is composed of seven 'bodies' which surround our physical body. The energy bodies have energy centers called Chakras. We each have seven main chakras which run along the spine. In Ancient Vedic texts the word Chakra means "Wheel." As these wheels spin, the chakras draw energy in and out of the body. When they spin correctly, we feel aligned, balanced and joyful. Chakras act as a window between our physical body and our energetic body. We also have energy meridians and nadis. These are energetic pathways which carry our life force energy throughout our Gross (physical) body, to nourish us and assist in balancing our body’s systems and functions.
Traumas, fears, insecureties and the long-term harbouring of 'negative' emotions can lead to imbalances in our energetic systems. These can then manifest into physical or mental dis-ease such as anxiety, anger, stress, depression or disease to name a few. Although our enegy systems are never static, it is possible to attain a state of flow, in which our bodies energy is moving freely.
Reiki works to bring the chakras into alignment and balance. All the chakras are connected vertically (the main seven are located along the spine) and nourish and support one another. When our chakras are balanced, we are able to be present, loving, joyful and express ourselves authentically. Put simply, Reiki is a safe, gentle healing modality. In my 1:1 sesisons I channel healing energy through my palms to the client in order to remove energetic blocks, promote mental, spiritual & emotional healing. I channel Reiki energy to encourage shifts of stagnant energy, trauma, or unhelpful patterns of behaviour. This in turn helps to address the root cause of any illness or mental uneasiness, leaving us rejuvenated on a mind/body/spirit level.
In a session we would have a short consultation where we would briefly discuss what you’d like to get from the healing. I encourage clients to only reveal as much as they feel comfortable with, however sometimes speaking about the issues which feel significant allows the ‘stuck’ energy to be easily released in the session. This is by no means necessary however - Reiki will still flow.
In an in-studio session you would then lie on the treatment bed, remaining fully clothed, shutting down the eyes & allowing yourself to relax. I can then either work hands-on or without touch (depending on preference) to clear the main chakra points (energetic centres) in the body. As I sense energy blockages intuitively (sometimes sensing blockages in the client in my own body) I am often guided to work on areas which are not one of the ‘main’ 7 chakra points. Reiki is non-intrusive & safe for all.
You may feel hot and/or cold sensations, tingling, have visions or receive spirtual guidance, feel simply LIGHTER or perhaps experience something not listed here. Every client truly is unique, however it is very likely that you will feel incredibly relaxed!
Reiki shifts the body out of “fight or flight” state (useful if you’re a caveman being chased by a lion - not if you’re hunched over a laptop) & into "rest and repair” mode where the body’s innate healing wisdom can operate.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions.