Reiki is a traditional Japanese method of healing. The word ‘reiki’ can be translated as ‘universal life energy’ – a reiki practitioner recognises and uses this invisible energy to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. They also encourage the flow of this life energy throughout the body.
Reiki is not a cure; rather, as a natural form of healing, reiki can support and enhance other forms of treatment. Some forms of reiki can even be practised when the patient is not present.
Reiki is taught by Reiki Masters, who have trained in the tradition passed on in person from Master to student. After being initiated in reiki, students are then able to treat themselves and others.
At your first appointment, your reiki practitioner will take your medical history and find out more about any symptoms or problems you’re experiencing. The practitioner gently places their hands, non-intrusively, on or near your body. There is no massage or manipulation and the whole person is treated rather than your specific symptoms.
During your reiki treatment you may feel a flow of energy, a mild tingling, warmth, coolness or nothing at all. At times you may even spontaneously release emotion as your energy rebalances – crying can be a natural and healthy part of the therapy. Please don’t feel embarrassed or uncomfortable if you become emotional during your treatment – our reiki therapist is accustomed to effects such as this during treatment.
At the moment, there is no single body that regulates the reiki profession in the UK. However, there are a number of professional groups working together as the Reiki Regulatory Working Group to develop common standards of training, practice and ethics and one register of practitioners who all meet a required standard.
Find out more about our reiki therapists by clicking on their name:
We advise our patients to rest after a reiki treatment and drink lots of water.
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