Reiki - The Universal Life Force Energy
Many of us have heard the name Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) in movies and on television programmes relating to ancient Japan but are unaware of what it actual is and what purpose it serves. Here we look at the ancient tradition of Reiki and how it is being used today as a method of relieving stress and promoting positive well being.
What is Reiki?Reiki is a way of healing the mind and body that has been in use amongst the Japanese which was developed and refined over a hundred years ago before it began to make its way to the West.
Reiki is split into four sections which are:
- Personal Development
- Mystic Order
Many may find this practice perhaps a little bit on the side of witch doctoring or maybe even similar to the practice of the laying on of hands but Reiki has proven to have immense emotional and physical benefits to those who have sought to use it over the years.
Using Reiki as a treatment is designed to promote a sense of well-being both emotionally and physically and also provides the user with a sense of meditation which in itself promotes calm and relaxation.
Who can Practice Reiki?Providing you are being taught by an experienced Reiki Master then anyone can learn the ancient art of Reiki. There are no specific religious beliefs involved so the treatment can be accessible to anyone of any denomination or belief. The only stipulation is that you are willing to accept the possibilities of a positive mental attitude having a positive effect on the physical self.
How Does Reiki Treatment Work?As we have already mentioned the purpose of Reiki is to promote a positive mental attitude as well as a feeling of physical well being. This is done using the laying on of hands which is designed to non-intrusively reach those areas of the body where stress and tension are most likely to physically manifest themselves i.e. the shoulders, neck, legs, arms etc.
There are no drugs involved in the Reiki treatment although some herbal drinks may be proffered to you. It is important however to be sure that these drinks are prepared in the correct manner by someone who is confident in what they are doing.Reiki sessions may be anything from an hour to three hours in length with the laying on of hands carried out repeatedly during this time. You are encouraged to relax and let yourself go thus allowing your mind to be free from the constraints of worry and stress, thus allowing your body to do the same.
How Much Does Reiki Treatment Cost?Compared to such standard therapies such as massage, Aromatherapy and Reflexology for example, the cost is pretty similar even though the sessions do last considerably longer. During these sessions you may be asked if you wish to purchase blends of herbs to have in a liquid form but this is entirely at your own discretion.
Are There Many Reiki Practitioners in the United Kingdom?There are quite a few and the numbers are rising all the time as the treatments become more popular. As stipulated before however it is best to undertake such sessions with someone who has been through the proper training. There are no specific qualifications required to practice Reiki but you must have been practicing for some time before the Reiki Association will recognise you as a member.
Check in your local directories and with your local authority as to where and when you can par take in such classes or contact the Reiki Association through their website at www.reikiassociation.org.uk