Reiki  (pronounced "Ray-Kee" ) is a Japanese word which means "spiritual energy" or "universal life-force energy".  This type of energy which is vital to life and well-being has always been recognised by Eastern medicine and is known as "ki" in Japan, "chi" in China and  "prana" in India. In the West,  Reiki is known as  a system of energy healing discovered in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui during the early part of the 20th century.    


Reiki encourages  the free-flow of this  vital healing  energy in a person and works on every level , not just the physical. It promotes deep relaxation and brings balance and harmony to mind and emotions .  Reiki energy is gentle and non-invasive making it safe for people of all ages in any situation and may be used with confidence alongside conventional healthcare and natural remedies.     


It is usual to receive a Reiki treatment either lying down or sitting.  No clothing, apart from shoes and outdoor garments need be removed as the Reiki energy passes easily through all materials, including plaster casts. The practitioner will seek permission to place their hands on or over the body and the recipient draws in only as much energy as is needed , using it in the way that is most appropriate at the time. No pressure is applied and there is no manipulation.   


Occasionally, original Japanese techniques may be used which involve alternative ways of using the hands during the treatment such as patting, stroking or pushing gently with the fingertips. Most , but not all , people experience Reiki as a flow of energy which may bring various sensations including mild tingling and warmth. Drinking plenty of water for a few days after a Reiki treatment is recommended.


Every Reiki treatment is beneficial but a course of regular treatments, carried out on a weekly or fortnightly basis,  may be more effective. Progress is monitored by means of a treatment plan which is structured to individual requirements and can be reviewed as necessary.