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Reiki is defined by the Oxford English dictionary as:-
“A healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being”.
The Japanese word ‘Reiki’ literally translates as universal life force energy. This natural system of healing was developed by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century. It is a non-invasive complementary therapy that has been taught and used in the UK since the late 1900s, but eastern medicine has worked with this energy for thousands of years, recognising its flow through all living things. Reiki supports conventional medicine or can be used alone but it is not a replacement for traditional medication or treatments.
Often referred to as an intelligent form of healing, Reiki is a wonderful complementary therapy in a personal wellness or healing program. It encourages and supports positive personal choices, such as improving diet, taking more exercise, devoting time for rest or leisure activities, and may reduce the need for alcohol and tobacco.
Regular Reiki treatments promote a calmer response to life’s challenges. Reiki’s gentle energy is easily adapted to most medical conditions and may be used safely by people of all ages, including the newborn, pregnant mothers, surgical patients, the frail and the elderly, in any situation
During a Reiki session the recipient remains fully clothed, comfortably reclining on a massage couch or seated in a chair. The practitioner will place their hands on the recipient in various positions. Some practitioners use a non-touching technique where the hands are held a few centimetres away from the recipient's body. The hands are usually kept still for a few minutes before moving to the next position, giving a general coverage of the head, the torso, knees and feet. These positions are never personally invasive and practitioners are always respectful of dignity and privacy.