Reiki (ray-key) is Japanese for ‘universal life energy’. There are many variations of Reiki, but in essence Reiki works at bringing us into balance and is believed therefore to reinforce the body’s natural ability to heal itself at all levels, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.
Reiki is carried out by placing hands on or over a person to channel the Reiki healing. It has been practised in Japan for thousands of years and was rediscovered in the 19th century by Dr Mikau Usui, a Christian Theologian, of Japan after researching the power of healing for various medical conditions. He passed on these methods, knowledge and teachings which eventually spread throughout the world, being introduced to the West during the 1960s and 1970s.
Reiki is non-denominational, and practised by people of many different religions and cultures. It is a very gentle and relaxing treatment that has been clinically proven to reduce stress, aid in pain management, speed recovery from illness and surgery. Animals respond very well to Reiki.
Many hospitals around the world now use Reiki. Patients who are supported by Reiki during surgery are reported to require less anaesthetic to keep them under, less pain medicine afterwards, and a faster discharge with fewer complications overall. North American hospitals have also begun running Reiki clinics to scientifically document the effects.
To find out more, please go to www.reikicouncil.org.uk