Reiki originated in Japan, and the word itself can be translated into ‘universal life energy’. It has many similarities to spiritual healing, (although this may be disputed according to personal spiritual beliefs). Reiki is a form of therapy which is non-invasive – it is often performed without the necessity to touch the physical body – and due to its spiritual nature, it may be conducted as distance healing.
The central principle underlying Reiki is that all illness is caused by a disruption to the energy field which runs through and surrounds the body. When this energy is vibrant and healthy, then well being is experienced accordingly. But when there are depleted areas, often as a result of the stresses and challenges of daily life, then ill health can result. Individuals tend to experience particular patterns of energy depletion within certain areas of the body, and regular re-balancing of these particular areas can result in increased feelings of vitality.
During a reiki session the therapist gently places their hands in sequence on the main chakra or energy centres of the body to re balance and restore the auric field, focusing upon each aspect according to any imbalances found. The aim is to clear blocks or depleted areas within the energetic field, regaining equilibrium within the body.
Reiki is often used a a relaxation therapy, and is especially useful when there are contraindications which prevent other holistic therapies being used. It is an extremely gentle and non-intrusive therapy and is suitable for most people.