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Reiki is a complementary therapy which was named after Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanesee theologist, who discovered the art of this healing using and by transferring life’s energy. Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy, an energy which is all around us. It uses the natural energy flow in the body to promote and restore emotional and physical wellbeing.

It is regarded as life’s energy and creates a feeling of deep relaxation. Energy blockages are removed allowing a free flow of life energy throughout the body. Toxins are removed from the body with other waste products leaving the system much more quickly.

Then, with the toxins removed from your body, more energy can be received and your vital processors and functions become more highly tuned.

The hands are the main instrument used in the healing of Reiki and can be effective through clothing. It has also been useful for anyone taking drugs to help reduce some of the side effects of them. They say it is possible to heal acute injuries but chronic injuries can take longer to heal.

Reiki is a therapy available to anyone which can help the receiver of the therapy to a more relaxed approach to life and great harmony.

A great book on this subject, of which there are many is ‘A Complete Guide to Reiki : How to Increase Vitality, Improve Your Health and Feel Great’, by Kristine Marie Corr. This book contains the specifics and essentials of Reiki, its principles, and advantages for anyone who wants a complete guide to energy and wellbeing, success and healing. This book will give you a clear understanding on how Reiki will provide you with the magical ability to become your own spiritual doctor and hence work your own miracles. This book is all about bringing healing through compassion and unconditional love.

An introduction to Reiki by Mary Lambert is a great beginner’s guide to the Japanese healing system, and another good book, which involves the laying on of hands to soothe you emotionally and physically. It introduces you to the history and principles of Reiki and shows you how to heal yourself and others

For each of the 12 basic healing positions, the book also offers a self-treatment option so you can do it on your self using clear step-by-step instructions and photography. Also contains a first aid section, and how to combine Reiki with other modalities. You can even practise it on your pets and plants. It’s available on Amazon.

Natural Health Magazine talks about taking a Reiki Bath to help you relax and reduce feelings of anxiety. Jasmin Harsono, author of Self Reiki: Tune in to Your Life Force to Achieve Harmony and Balance believes that you can become your own healer. Jasmin says that a reiki bath is a wonderful way to relax and recharge your energy levels. It involves performing a full reiki self-treatment based on the seven main chakras: crown, third eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, sacral, and root.

With reiki, you normally find a quiet comfortable place to perform it but this way you like in a bath of warm water. This offers a simple way to remove toxic energies and encourages fresh energy to circulate clarity, balance and positivity. It can help you sleep better at night, reduce anxiety, and heighten a deeper sense of relaxation.

Create the right atmosphere by filling your bathroom with candles, crystals, soothing music and pop a few of your favourite essential oils into your bath. Once you are settled into your bath simply close your eyes and place the palms of your hands together. As you allow your breath to flow naturally, you should feel your mind and body becoming calm and clear of distractions. Now starting at your crown follow the hand of positions of the full reiki self-treatment, spending about three minutes on each chakra. Then simply repeat the five principles which are, Just for today, do not anger. Just for today, be grateful. Just for today, work with diligence. Just for today, be kind to yourself and others. Just for today, do not worry. For the best effect repeat this every time you have a bath.

Before leaving your bath Jasmin suggests that you take three deep breaths into your abdomen, then exhale with an ‘ahhh’ sound. When your ready, let the water drain from the bath as you place your hands together and thank reiki.

Reiki is good for promoting healing, bringing harmony and peace, helping with memory, anxiety, weight loss, addictions, relieving shock and relationship difficulties and much more.

When you go to a reiki therapist they will asked to just remove your shoes and you will be asked to lie on a couch or massage table and usually covered in a blanket. You will be asked to try to relax and close your eyes and usually they will play soothing music in the background, and the room will have its lights low to help your relax. The therapist will then place their hands over various parts of your body’s energy points and chakra positions to enable the energy flow. Sometimes the therapists hands will touch you and other times their hands will hover just above your body. The therapist I went to some years ago always put one hand under my low back and the other above my body.

You could try this by deciding on healing yourself by putting your hands on the part of your body that needs some attention or unblocking. Then, keeping your fingers together, imagine that healing rays are radiating from your palms. Now send high vibrations of love and thanks to where they are needed.

It’s a non invasive treatment and even if it just gives you the feeling of being completely relaxed for a while you will benefit from the treatment.

On the UK Reiki Federation website – you can find all you need to know about this type of therapy as well as finding yourself a good therapist. They are an independent organisation of individuals who have been attuned to Reiki, with the object of providing support and guidance to Reiki professionals and the public, with particular reference to education and training.


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