Reiki is a therapy that aims to improve the flow of “life energy” in a person. Reiki (pronounced ray-key) means “universal life energy” in Japanese. There is no scientific evidence for the presence of an alternative energy system in the body, however acupuncture stems from this belief. It is a eastern approach to health and wellbeing.
A Reiki Session
Reiki sessions most commonly resemble typical bodywork appointments, where you lie clothed on your back on a massage table. It is a simple procedure, consisting of calm and concentrated touching, with the practitioner focusing on balancing the energy system of your body.
Reiki was developed in the mid-1800s by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese scholar of religion. According to the story that has been passed down among reiki teachers, Usui was a Christian who was intrigued by the idea that Christ could heal sick people by touching them with his hands. Searching for clues that would explain the secrets of healing with hands, Usui made a long pilgrimage around the world, visiting many ancient religious sects and studying ancient books. During his intense studies, Usui claimed he had a spiritual experience, which enabled him to heal with his own hands by becoming aware of and tapping into the universal life force.
The Basic Philosophy of Reiki
The basic concept underlying reiki is that the body has an energy field that is central to its health and proper functioning, and this energy travels in certain pathways that can become blocked or weakened. This idea of energy flow in the body is also a central concept in Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture.It is believed that everyone has the potential to access the universal life energy, but that over time most people’s systems become blocked and the energy becomes weakened in them. Reiki is one of the more esoteric complementary therapies, because no one is sure exactly how it works on a physiological level. It is claimed that it works through the meridians and chakras rebalancing the energy system.
60 mins £30