What is Reiki



Reiki (pronounced Ray Key) is a Japanese word written with two Japanese Kanji, meaning universal life-force energy. Ki refers to life force energy and similar words exist in Chinese ‘Qi’ or ‘Chi’, and ‘Prana’ in India.

Everything in the universe is made of energy – you are energy, I am energy, the chair you are sitting on is energy. It is how fast it is vibrating that determines how much movement there is, this is demonstrated by a chair which is of a slower vibration than we are. Light and sound are of a higher or faster vibration and although we cannot see it or get hold of it we can certainly feel its effect in things such as sunshine and music.

Reiki is a higher vibration again over light and sound. When it comes in to our system it starts to move out denser energies such as stress, headache, pain, which is done by giving a treatment to oneself or a client.

Reiki is a holistic treatment which heals, harmonises and balances an individual’s needs physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It is not a cure, and neither is it a religion nor a belief system. It is a natural form of healing which can support and enhance other treatments including conventional medicine. However, it is not an alternative to conventional medicine. You should always consult a GP about acute infectious conditions, and in connection with problems of an urgent nature. Reiki brings about a sense of wellbeing, which then enables a person to have a greater awareness of what their body needs – such as more sleep, a healthier lifestyle. Negative thoughts can be let go and replaced with positivity, peace and calmness. Reiki helps to encourage acceptance and love of oneself, and to accept others without judgement.

Reiki is available to all regardless of demographics such as age, religious beliefs or ethnic background. Reiki can also be used to treat plants and animals; the latter is very rewarding especially with your own pets. An animal will come to someone trained into giving Reiki for a treatment (it will let you know if it does or does not want the Reiki) and it will leave when they have taken in enough energy. There are a lot of practitioners who are just dealing with animals, especially horses. It is fascinating to watch a horse being given Reiki.

What Happens During a Treatment?

A Reiki treatment is non–diagnostic, non-interventionist, non-manipulative and no pressure is applied. The client can be either sitting or lying down and all they need to do is remove their shoes and remain fully clothed.

The practitioner will explain what a Reiki treatment will entail and what the client might experience during the treatment so that they will have an understanding of what to expect.

The practitioner places their hands gently on or just above the body. The recipient draws in only as much energy as is needed on the day, using it in whatever way is most appropriate at the time. The practitioner will ask the client to set their intent, which means them asking the Reiki session to help with whatever their need is that day, and the practitioner will set their intent for Reiki to go to their highest and greatest good. Setting the intent is an important part of Reiki as it enables the universal energy to respond in a positive way.

Reiki may be experienced as a flow of energy, mild tingling, warmth, coolness, beautiful colours, visions or nothing at all. Some people can become emotional, which is quite normal and this just indicates that the Reiki is breaking through certain blockages, and the body is releasing the negative emotions.

One of the most noted experiences of Reiki is that it is extremely relaxing and has a profoundly calming effect. You do not have to have a problem to have a Reiki treatment, it can be experienced in the same manner as, say, a massage, for pure enjoyment.

It is a good idea to rest a while after a treatment and to drink plenty of water over the next few days. Depending on the individuals needs, a treatment could be a one-off or a course of regular treatments may be more effective. A treatment plan will be discussed with the client and reviewed as necessary.

After a treatment a client may find that their symptoms could become slightly exaggerated. This can be a positive sign indicating that the Reiki is moving things in the body. It is known as a ‘healing crisis’ and can happen with any type of treatment before the body settles down. Normally things would improve after a day or two, if not then it is a clear indication that further treatments are needed.

After the treatment the practitioner will offer some water to the client as it is important to drink plenty of water after a Reiki treatment. They will also ask the client how they feel, and what experience or sensation (if any) they had during the treatment.

If you have never experienced Reiki, then I hope reading the information on my website will inspire you to try a treatment, as the most detailed books or websites on Reiki cannot compare with your own experience.