What is Reiki?

I am often asked 'What is Reiki?'   Firstly let me explain what it is not.
It is not a form of massage and it is not attached to any belief system.

Reiki is an ancient natural healing system that originates from Japan and was rediscovered by Mikao Usui.
Reiki means 'Universal Life Force Energy' and is a life force energy that flows through all living things.  This energy has many different names and can be known as Ki, Chi, Prana,etc. 

When we are ill or emotionally stressed this flow of energy can diminish or become blocked.  Because Reiki works holistically, the energy can be used to help heal on an emotional, mental, physical or spiritual level.
Reiki energy will go where it is needed most.

There is no belief system attached to Reiki so anyone can receive or learn to give a treatment, only the desire to be healed is necessary.

During a treatment the person lies down fully clothed on a couch (or sits on a chair) and the practitioner places their hands on or over the chakras (energy centres) on non intrusive positions.  Each treatment is different and the experiences can vary considerably.  The practitioner does not direct the energy, it is the recipient who draws however much they need.

Possible sensations are:

Heat or cool  sensations
A deep sense of peace and relaxation
A release of old emotions that have been suppressed

This treatment may benefit those who are stressed, suffering from bereavement, pain relief, letting go of fears, gaining confidence etc.