Originating from Japan in the early 1900s, Reiki is based on a hands-on healing technique that uses energy to promote healing, reduce stress and boost relaxation. It has since been adapted into varying cultural traditions around the world.
The word Reiki itself translates to ‘universal life energy’ and is based on the belief that this energy flows through all living things. When our own life force energy is high, we are functioning optimally and if it is low, we are more likely to become sick.
A Reiki practitioner is trained to act as a channel for this energy, allowing it to transfer through their hands to the patient to aid healing. It promotes a deep sense of calm, peace and wellbeing, creating inner harmony and balance.
Today, this subtle form of energy healing is being used in various professional settings including private practice, complementary therapy centres, GP surgeries, hospitals, hospices, cancer support groups, post-operative recovery, drug rehabilitation, prisons, HIV/AIDS centres, and in the care of the elderly.
Benefits of Reiki include:
- Releases stress, which triggers the body’s natural healing system
- Promotes inner peace and harmony
- Improves sleep
- Enhances balance in body and mind