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What is Reiki?


Reiki (Usually pronounced RayKey) can be translated from Japanese as ‘Universal life-force energy’ ...Rei meaning ‘Sacred’ and Ki meaning ‘life force-energy’ . 

Dr Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist priest, developed the Reiki technique from an eclectic range of healing arts practised in India, China, Tibet and Japan. 

As everything is composed from energy, including every cell within our body, many external factors, including stress and the pace of life generally can be very draining, consequently effecting our emotional and physical well-being. Reiki facilitates the body’s own natural healing response by rebalancing and replenishing the energy flowing through us. 

Being a complementary therapy, Reiki works holistically alongside conventional medicine, as well as in its own right, helping the body to overcome injury and illness. 

Many hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, animal sanctuaries and wellness Centres offer Reiki to their patients. 

Reiki enhances our health and wellbeing in all aspects, enabling us to reconnect to our true self, bringing a lasting sense of inner peace and comfort. 

Reiki can : 

Promote deep relaxation 

Help release stress and tension 

Dissolve energy blocks, bringing natural balance between mind, body and spirit 

Assist the body in cleansing itself from toxins and support the immune system 

Clear the mind, improving focus as you feel grounded and centred 

Aid better sleep 

Accelerate the healing process and recovery from illness, injuries or surgeries 

Help relieve pain 

Be effective in reducing the side effects of chemotherapy 


Reiki  does not diagnose or take the place of medical care when a condition requires a visit to a doctor or a vet. 

What happens in a Reiki session?

Reiki is best held in a peaceful setting, but it can be carried out anywhere. The patient will ideally sit in a comfortable chair or lie on a table, fully clothed. There may or may not be music, depending on the patient's preference. The practitioner usually places their hands lightly on, or above specific areas of the body, starting at the head and gradually working down the torso to the limbs and feet, staying between 2 and 5 minutes for each area. The hands can be placed on, or over 20 different areas of the body. During this time, the practitioner's hands may become  warm, sometimes quite hot and there may sometimes be a sensation of tingling. The energy balancing process itself is very relaxing and it is quite normal to drift off to sleep during the treatment.

Reiki Treatment

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