Reiki is a form of natural healing that was developed in 18th century Japan by a Buddhist monk named Usui Sensei.

Reiki works holistically across mind, body, spiritual and emotional self.  Healing mental and physical pain and discomfort.  This week’s blog will give a brief history to reiki, what it’s helpful for, and how it’s used.

A Potted History
It is said that Usui Sensei travelled across the world to understand and learn from many other cultures and healing processes.  He developed reiki as a way of self healing and spiritual growth.  The Japanese pronunciation is RYE-KEY but has been westernised to be pronounced ‘RAY-KEY’.  Usui carefully passed on the teachings of reiki to Chujiro Hayashi who later, in 1935, trained a very determined Mrs Takata in first degree reiki.  It is said that Mrs Takata fell ill after the death of her husband, suffering from several illnesses, and rather than continue with hospital treatment, she turned to reiki healing through Hayashi.  Mrs Takata made a full health recovery and continued with her studies of reiki until she mastered the art of healing and was accredited as a reiki master. 

Over the past 40 years it has become increasingly popular in the Western world as a non invasive and non medicated therapy.  Reiki works holistically across mind, body and spirit by channelling energy through your therapist and stimulating your own natural healing abilities.

Rei means universal spirit and Ki (or chi) means life force; the vitality that gives life to all living things (energy).  When ones energy is low as a result of, for example, stress or poor living choices, this is when you are more likely to become tired or ill, and that can manifest in one or more areas of physical, mental or emotional dis-ease. 

What’s is it helpful for?
Reiki is used for a whole host of physical, mental and emotional issues and dis-ease, some of the areas you may use it for include:

  • To relax and rebalance after a busy or stressful day or week
  • To relieve or heal pain
  • To reenergise if your energy levels are low 
  • To ease or remove anxiety
  • To overcome insomnia
  • To ease or remove the occurrence of panic attacks
  • To improve self esteem
  • To remove nervous tension
  • To heal digestive problems
  • To heal migraines/severe headaches
  • To overcome depression

It’s important to remember that the practitioner is there to channel energy, guide and support you, however, it is you, the client, who chooses to heal and promotes the healing process, even if that is at a very subconscious level.  

How does it work?
To practice Reiki you must have first been trained by a Reiki master.  A practitioner of Reiki heals through conducting positive energy (either hands-on or hands-off and at second degree reiki, distance healing can be performed) through your energy field.  I tend to use predominantly hands off within my treatments, unless someone is combining it with a touch of aromatherapy massage.  The reiki treatment raises the vibration of energy in your body and disperses negative energy.  Some believe Reiki power is one of the most powerful forms of healing.  

During the session you may feel sensations of hot or tingling from the practitioners hands and may see colours or white light.  After a session you may feel slightly light headed and clients can feel anything from calm and sleepy, emotional or completed rejuvenated, all of which is normal.  

Celeb fans of Reiki
Here are just a few celebs who swear by Reiki:

Angelina Jolie
Mel B
Gwyneth Paltrow
Halle Berry
Kate Bosworth
Kate Hudson
Helen Hunt
Nicole Kidman
Joely Richardson
Naomi Watts

Reiki Practitioner Lineage
All Reiki practitioners can trace their lineage back to Mikao Usui. Below is my lineage: Mikao Usui Chuijiro Hayashi > Hawayo Takata > Phyllis LeiFurumoto > Florence O’Neal > Jerry Farley > June Woods > Simon Treselyan > Marcus Haywood > Diane Whittle > Taggart King > Tina Shaw > Marion McGeough > Alison Braithwaite

As a reiki second degree practitioner I make sure I give myself boosts of energy and healing reiki, along with practices of meditation, yoga and tia chi on a regular basis to maintain equilibrium.

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