Reiki is a natural healing energy activated by intention. It is a gentle yet powerful way of improving well-being on all levels, as it works on the physical, the mental, and the emotional: calming the mind, relieving stress, and soothing the emotions; bringing you into balance and harmony. The practice of Reiki is an original method of healing developed by Mikao Usui in Japan early in the 20th century.
The Japanese word Reiki means ’Universal Energy’. Eastern medicine has always recognised and worked with this energy, which flows through all living things and is vital to well-being; known as ’ki’ in Japan, ’chi’ in China and ’prana’ in India. Acupuncture, Tai Chi and Yoga are also based on the free flow of this energy in a person.
A Reiki session is usually carried out with the recipient lying down in a comfortable and peaceful environment. There is no need to remove any clothing as Reiki energy passes easily through all materials. The practitioner places their hands gently on or above the body. The recipient naturally draws in as much energy as is needed, using it in whatever way is most appropriate at the time. Reiki may be experienced as a flow of energy, mild tingling, warmth, coolness or other subtle sensations.
Reiki is deeply relaxing and has a profoundly calming effect. It is a good idea to rest for a while afterwards and drink plenty of water over the next few days to help the energy continue its work.
Here is a short BBC feature on the positive effects of Reiki.
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