Reiki is a form of natural healing that was developed in 18th century Japan by a Buddhist monk named Usui Sensei.  It works to heal across an emotional, physical, mental and spiritual level.

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Potted History

It is said that Usui Sensei travelled across the world to understand and learn from many other cultures about their 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 Madam Takata in first degree reiki.  It is said that Madam 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.  Madam 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 reiki 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. 

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What’s is it helpful for?

Reiki is used for a whole host of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing, 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 in the body
  • 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.  

I’ve had problems with my achilles tendon for years, it’d got so in a morning I was literally hobbling around until is settled down.  It was getting the way of my hobby and I was desperate to find something that worked.  I wasn’t sure if reiki would work, but after just one 50 minute session with Alison, no more hobbling.

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How does it work?

Practitioners of reiki are all attuned to the reiki energy 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.  Alison starts her treatments with an energy connection by gently placing her hands on your shoulders (though you can request not to have any physical contact).  From that point the reiki treatment is hands off.  The reiki treatment raises the vibration of energy in your body, dispersing negative energy, balancing, and healing – reiki case study.

Some believe reiki power is one of the most powerful forms of healing.  For minor work; balancing and relaxing, you may feel an instant shift, for others it may take up to 24 hours to feel the full effects, this is normal.  For more complex or long standing issues you will need a course of treatments, however, you will feel improvements from the first treatment.

Three sessions of reiki with Alison & my shoulder was back to normal.  I didn’t feel much during the session and it took until the next day to start feeling the benefit. After dislocating it a couple of year ago then jarring it on a recent bike ride, it’d got to the point where I hardly had any mobility in my arm. I was sceptical but Alison convinced me to give it a try. I’m glad I did

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What will happen at my session?

When Alison starts the reiki session she connects to the reiki energy, then connects to you by gently placing her hands on your shoulders.  Clients often feel a hot sensation at the points where Alison’s hands are, some feel this hotness radiate down their arms and into their hands. After this point it’s hands off and working in your energy field (or bio-field).  You may continue to feel heat, tingling and may see colours of purple and white light.

If you have booked a 30 minute session to relax and rebalance, Alison will work down 8 core energy channels, finishing off with a balancing and sweeping of your energy field.  You will go away with feedback on what was found during the treatment.

I had reiki with Alison because I was going through a lot of personal stuff, and I needed to relax my mind.  I had a 30 minute session and afterward I couldn’t stop crying.  Alison said it was part of the healing process, and it did help me release the blocked emotion

If you book a healing session(s), the session/course will start with a consultation followed by a scan of your energy field across your body.  The main treatment will work across a number of reiki positions to heal the core energy points.  This is then followed by specific work on any areas found to be out of balance/in need of reiki healing during the body scan. The treatment will finish off with a balancing and sweeping of your energy field, and, if you are having a course of treatments, onto session feedback on what was found.

During the treatment I felt a lot of heat around my head, and it felt like something was being extracted.  I’ve been suffering with tinnitus and Alison picked up on an issue around the side of my head during the treatment.  I also felt an intense heat on my forehead.  Immediately after the session I felt my head had cleared.

During the session:  you may feel sensations of heat or tingling, this is the reiki energy, you may also see colours and/or white light. Some people don’t get any of these sensations, and that’s fine too; the reiki is still working.
Many clients are so relaxed that they fall asleep during a session.  

After the session: it’s common to feel slightly light headed.  Clients also report feelings of anything from calm and sleepy, emotional, or completely rejuvenated, all of which is normal.  Some clients may experience what is termed a ‘healing crisis’, this is actually a good thing but can be alarming if you’re not aware of what it is, and why it’s beneficial – find out more here.

Reiki healing can be face to face at the Flourish therapy room, or carried out by distance healing, find out how in the next section.

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How does distance healing work?

This is a technique that many reiki practitioners use for people who are not able to come to a session, either because of illness or their locality to the practitioner themselves.  You may also choose to have reiki healing or loving energy sent to a relative, friend or even a cherished pet. 

Merlin’s a husky dog who’s been diagnosed with diabetes.  He’s now blind and has been struggling to get going physically.  Alison came over for a face to face session, which Merl loved, he was so chilled out afterward.  Alison has since done three consecutive distance healing sessions, there’s definitely been an improvement

Distance healing sessions are held for 15 minutes and come in either a single treatment (for a boost of loving energy), or a course of 3 or 6 for healing.  For the healing courses, it’s recommended that the first 3 are done on consecutive days.

If the healing is for yourself you can agree a specific time to sit or lay somewhere comfortable and peaceful whilst Alison performs the reiki, although this is not necessary for it to work.   Alison will start by connecting to the reiki energy and then connect to you.  To do this, if Alison doesn’t know you (your friend, family member or pet), she will request a photo which will help her to focus the healing during the session.

I’m 79 and my foot had turned a purple colour, which was rather worrying.  Alison performed one session of distance healing and my foot returned to normal.  At the time Alison was doing the treatment, a single gust of wind came rushing through the house, I’m not sure if that was a coincidence but it was quite an experience

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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

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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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