Reiki (pronounced "ray-key") is Japanese for ’universal life energy’, a term used to describe a system of natural or ‘holistic’ healing that was founded by Dr Makao Usui in the early 20th century. The healing tradition is actually a way of life, with ethical/philosophical principles as well as self-care, in addition to the tools used for healing others.
There are many variations of Reiki, but in essence reiki works at bringing us into balance and it is believed therefore to reinforce the body’s natural ability to heal itself at all levels, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. It is a tradition that is open to any belief system.
As a natural form of healing Reiki can support and enchance other forms of treatment. During a a Reiki treatment, the client sits on a chair (or reclines on a therapy table) and the practitioner gently places their hands non- intrusively, on or near the body. There is no massage or manipulation and the whole person is treated rather than specific symptoms. The approach Jim uses to have the client sit in a chair or recline in a "gravity chair". Reiki can also be sent remotely, and this can be done 1 to 1 online as part of a guided meditation practice.
Reiki considers body, mind and spirit and does not include diagnosis or the “curing” or any particular disease or condition. It can be used to complement medical (and other) treatments. Reiki is often offered in Hospice and hospital settings as a complimentary treatment, especially to aid in preparation for, and recovery from, surgical interventions.
Clients may or may not feel sensations or experience other phenomena during a Reiki treatment. Benefits reported by clients/ patients include deep relaxation promoting a calm, peaceful sense of well-being on all levels.
Reiki treatments are provided by Jim who is a Master Practitioner with a lineage going back to Dr Usui himself. The approach taken includes in initial relaxation stage and Reiki can be used with other techniques such as meditation. Reiki (especially combined with meditation) can be very effective in promoting healing of the body/mind and is a great complementary therapy.