Reiki has been in my life for around eight years, prior to that I’d heard of Reiki and I’d always been curious about it but I had no idea what it was or how it could help me. Just as I was about to encounter an emotionally challenging time in my life something drew me to seek out a Reiki practitioner, the day after I booked in that session, my life as I knew it at the time changed significantly. I truly believe now that that was no coincidence. I believe I was guided to Reiki to help me cope with the challenges and decisions that lay ahead of me, and so that I could experience the powerful healing abilities of Reiki first hand, as it was with this knowledge and experience that I knew I had to share Reiki with others.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese word loosely translated as 'universal life force'. Reiki is a form of energy, of which there are many, each vibrating on their own frequency; Reiki energy is available for us to tap into and use as a source for healing. It is available to us all and anyone who chooses to become attuned to Reiki energy can learn to use it and it’s healing benefits on themselves and others. Attunements are passed down from Master to student, opening up the student to receive and become a channel for the Reiki energy to flow through and from. I am attuned to Reiki Master Level 3 in the Tibetan Usui lineage.
Reiki accelerates the body's ability to heal physical and emotional aliments, which often lead to stress and or feeling unwell, and assists you to correct imbalances of body, mind, spirit and heart. Harmonising these elements Reiki locates imbalances and clears blockages leaving you feeling relaxed, calmer, grounded and more balanced.
Reiki is often associated with and commonly used for balancing the Chakras of the body. The seven chakras are generally thought of as being centres of energy within the human body, aligned with the spine, which correspond to our feelings, and emotional and behavioural characteristics. Each chakra is also commonly associated with an organ and bodily function; and is usually represented by a colour (made up by the colours of a rainbow).
A person's body, mind and spiritual well-being are balanced and healthy when all of their chakras are 'clear'. When chakras are 'blocked', the related functions and feelings will be adversely affected, as a result the balance of the person is upset because other chakras are forced to compensate. Blocked chakras can be caused by anything from stubbing a toe to serious emotional or physical trauma, they are a part of our daily life and just as it is important to service your car, it is important to service and maintain the balance of your chakras.
The seven chakras are located at the following points of the body, along the line of the spine:
- base of the spine - Root chakra (red)
- lower abdomen/lower back (below the navel) - Sacral chakra (orange)
- between the navel and base of sternum - Solar Plexus chakra (yellow)
- centre of chest - Heart chakra (green)
- base of neck - Throat chakra (blue/turquoise)
- lower forehead, between eyes - Third eye chakra (indigo)
- top of the head - Crown chakra (purple)
The lower chakras govern our more basic instincts related to survival and physical self, whereas the higher chakras govern our mental characteristics and feelings related to thought and consciousness. It is said the heart chakra bridges the two, being strongly linked both to physical and emotional feelings.
When all chakras are open and balanced, the mind, body and spiritual self, are healthy and happy. Reiki is one of several techniques and methodologies which can 'open' or 'free' chakras that are blocked (which causes other chakras to become over-active), and thereby to restore a person's natural balance.
What happens in a Reiki healing/session?
This will vary but most Reiki practitioners will use their hands to channel the Reiki energy either by hovering their hands over the body or as I do with a very light touch to the body. The Reiki energy is innately intelligent and can tune in to the energy of your body, this allows the Reiki to go where it needs to for your highest good. As a Reiki Master we are able to facilitate this process further by using our own intuition and experience to guide the flow of energy to where it is needed most by placing our hands on these areas. Often this is not on or over the Chakra but on or over a body part or joint where energy and emotion tends to get blocked or stored.
What can you expect to feel during or after Reiki?
This is unique and different for everyone. My clients report feeling a deep sense of calm and clarity, as if a fog has been lifted. Others report feeling more grounded and connected to themselves or their heart allowing them to make better decisions and feel more in control of their life. For others it can be a spiritual experience; finding a deeper connection to Spirit, Source, or the Universe depending on your beliefs.
It is not unusual to fall asleep during Reiki, the body will take what it needs and you will still gain the same benefits as if you were awake. Many clients experience waves, tingling or hot and cold sensations, which is often a sign that energy is moving and/or emotion is releasing from the body. Others report feeling nothing at all until after the session is complete, an energy balance can take time to integrate and isn’t always immediate. When we move energy and emotion we also release toxins from the body and this can sometimes appear in the form of headaches, tiredness or nausea so it’s important to take time to nurture yourself after Reiki, stay warm and drink plenty of water or herbal tea. Whatever you experience you can be assured that Reiki can never be harmful and is always working in your highest good.
In my Reiki sessions some clients like to open up and share issues they are working through before we start. For others it’s a space to withdraw from the world, a space to find stillness, reconnect and recharge. I always leave time at the end of the Reiki to discuss the experience and any insights gained. Often this is the most profound moment of a healing, as Reiki will allow awareness to surface from your subconscious.
I can honestly say that Reiki changed my life. My first Reiki experience was deeply moving and it opened up a whole new way of perceiving myself and the world around me. It has taught me a new way to cope with daily stresses, as well as the bigger challenges that life throws at me.
So what is Reiki actually good for?
The simple answer is anything and everything but here are some examples:
- Relaxation - reducing stress and your reactions to stress
- Finding space to switch off and be still.
- Reducing pain and tension
- Managing and calming anxiety
- Fatigue and running on empty
- Irritability and mood swings
- Self-neglect, blame or negative self-talk
- Loss of direction or connection to self
- Emotional healing - dealing with loss or heartache
- Spiritual healing and guidance
- Connection to self
- Chronic muscle or physical pain
- Physical ailments and symptons
Is Reiki for Men?
YES Reiki is for Men! As I mentioned it is for anyone and everything. There is no doubt that more women than men are drawn to complimentary therapies. Women innately view things holistically and it is little wonder that an interest in holistic therapies would be a consequence of that fact. It is also commonly known that unlike women who tend to confide and share emotional issues with each other, most men never share at the same level with other men and so it is easy for emotion and energy to become blocked in the body.
Reiki can be a very passive process and often my male clients find it comforting to know that they can receive all the benefits of Reiki without having to enter into a discussion, if it is not comfortable for them to do so. An ethical Reiki practitioner does not interfere with your own life or provide you with answers. These are for you to find but after a good Reiki session you may feel as if a weight has been lifted, as if you have shared or got things off your chest even if you haven’t spoken. As a result stress and anxiety may feel reduced and answers to your inner problems may come to you more quickly.
Is Reiki safe during Pregnancy?
Pregnancy is one of life’s most beautiful and spiritual experiences. However, the journey to motherhood can also be accompanied by a number of different stressors on the mind, body and soul. Reiki offers healing energy not only to mothers-to-be, but also to their unborn babies.
At all stages Reiki is safe and can assist in reducing anxiety related to pregnancy & birth. Reiki can help expectant mums connect with their unborn baby. In all my experiences of working with pregnant women the energy of the baby is strong and present no matter what stage. An unborn baby will respond to the Reiki energy and depending on your stage can be felt moving in response almost immediately. It is completely safe for both mother and baby. Your growing baby will enjoy the soothing benefits of Reiki as it is passed from you to your unborn child during the session.
In my experience pregnant women who receive Reiki report feeling more relaxed, balanced and radiant after treatments. Reiki can also help you let go of any fears, anxieties or negative feelings you may be experiencing during your pregnancy. A good Reiki practitioner will make sure you are comfortable for you session, assist you with cushions or pillows and allow you to lie or sit in a position which is most suited to your needs.
Simply put Reiki is for everyone from unborns to newborns, toddlers, children, teenagers, adults young and old at any age. No matter what life stage or you are at you can benefit from Reiki.
If you are curious or drawn to this modality of energy healing I encourage you to give it a go, there is a probably a reason you are intrigued. You should find a practitioner that resonates with you and that you feel comfortable with, we are all unique. Reiki should always be carried out in an environment where you feel completely safe and comfortable. You should feel cared for and nurtured by your Reiki practitioner. It is always my intention that clients will leave feeling safe, stable and calm. If you would like further information on Reiki and it’s benefits please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.