What is Reiki

The word Reiki means (which is pronounced Ray-Key), Rei – Guided, Ki – (universal life force energy). It is a healing therapy developed in Japan discovered in the 20th century by the founder Mikoa Usui. He based his healing techniques on methods and philosophies from several traditions and healing practices in Asian healing going back thousands of years. It is a natural holistic of a complementary nature ‘energy healing’ which assists in encouraging the body to self-heal using ‘Universal life force Energy’ which is a natural energy all around us. It is a light touch or no touch treatment depending on the clients’ preference. Reiki therapy helps with your personal wellbeing, helping to balance your body and encourage self- healing.

Questions about Reiki …

The word Holy has been used over the centuries in many religions, but when used in the context of Holy Fire Reiki it is not intended to have a religious intent, It is taken to have its root to mean to be whole and complete. Holy fire is a spiritual energy that creates wholeness through purification and healing empowerment and guidance. Karuna is a word used in Hinduism and Buddism it is translated to mean any action that is taken to diminish the suffering of others, ‘compassionate action’. As you develop Karuna in yourself you are able to understand a healthier way of living for yourself and others promoting a healing process. This is a powerful form of Reiki treatment to help in deeper emotional healing using learnt symbols and chants and the light touch reiki experience.

Reiki treatments have become more and more popular widely used in Stress management due to the nature of our busy lives, it encourages relaxation and balances the body promoting personal well-being, and working alongside a healthy life style it can have very positive effects. Along with other complementary therapies Doctors recognise it is possible to use Reiki to help support conventional medicine. A number of oncology units in hospitals and hospices use Reiki to help reduce the side effects of radiation, chemotherapy and help with the reduction of pain during cancer treatments and terminal illness. Reiki is given to clients who are not ill who just love the experience and feel it helps them keep balanced emotionally and physically. It is important to realise a reiki practitioner is not a Doctor and does not diagnose illnesses. If you have any concerns about your health then you must go directly to your own GP.

Reiki is probably one of the most gentle of the holistic therapies available. A light touch or no touch therapy depending on the clients preference. The hands are placed over the body in learned hand positions starting at the crown of the head, moving down to the feet. The practitioners hands maybe guided to an area in particular.

There are no known side effects to Reiki. The body will only take on as much Reiki Energy as it needs.

No it is not a problem. It can be used alongside conventional medicines without any side effects.

It is not a legal Requirement but some clients may like to do so. Reiki is a complimentary healing therapy and cannot hurt you.

Yes you can it is perfectly safe to have Reiki when pregnant it helps relax the expectant mother and is also good for baby.

No Reiki is not a religion, it is not a Doctrine.

The practitioner will ask you to fill in a client information form and a declaration form (which is a legal requirement). Any information given is strictly confidential. You will not be asked to remove any clothing, perhaps your shoes. You will be asked to lie on a treatment couch or if you are not able to or find it uncomfortable you can sit in a chair. The therapist will probably play relaxing music and create a calming environment for you to enjoy the whole Reiki experience . The therapist will ask you to try and relax and close your eyes. Using set hand placements along the body the whole area is treated (front and back). Everbody has different experiences during Reiki treatments sometimes they visualize different colours, they may feel very hot or cold, tingling, relaxing feelings but some people don’t feel much at all but that doesn’t mean the Reiki isnt working. It is not unusual for clients to break into tears and have an out pouring of emotion. The main thing is you come out of the experience feeling more relaxed.

Questions about Animal Reiki …

Reiki is a non-invasive treatment and can be given hands on or distantly given, so the animal doesn’t have to be handled. The Practitioner must assess the situation and must think of their own safety as well as the animals.

If your animal is undergoing treatment I do ask you to tell your vet. If you suspect your animal has a physical issue or you suspect there is a health problem it is the owners responsibility to arrange for animal to be seen by a vet for a formal diagnosis before a Reiki session. A Reiki Practitioner does not give diagnosis and is very careful not to do so.

No, Reiki sessions do not have to be given at a Vets Practice. Some Practitioners have their own premises to work from but I feel animals are usually better being treated in their own environment, where they feel more relaxed and content.

The benefits include Relaxation, promotes healing after surgery or an illness, improved feeling of well-being in elderly animals, it can help with self-healing along with orthodox medical treatment. Sessions promote relaxation and lead to better to better sleep habits. It also helps in peaceful transmission for animals ready to pass over.

Reiki must be used in Accordance with section 27 of the Veterinary Surgeons act 1966 and chapter 19 of the supporting guidance for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons code of conduct for Veterinary Surgeons. (See RCVS website). The Healing of animals by contact healing, the laying on of hands or distance healing is legal. The protection of Animals Act 1911 states that if an animal needs treatment from a Vet the owner must obtain this first.

Animals are best treated after feeding when they can have a quiet day. I will give distance healing first to see if the animal will accept reiki. The animal may come closer or stay a few yards away. They sometimes come for hands on reiki but not all the time. It is a matter of gaining their trust and making them feel comfortable with me. Every animal is different in the way they take the treatment. They all show different signs of taking on Reiki some may doze on their feet, softening of the appearance of the eyes, lip smacking, there are many different responses. After Reiki some animals may become more energised, some may just want to sleep. Plenty of water should be available to them because it can make them very thirsty.