Reiki literally means "universal energy". It is a Japanese energy clearing technique that is used to clear out negative energy and re-balance the chakras, leaving the receiver feeling more well, uplifted and in less pain.
From Sceptic to Practitioner
What Happens in a Session?
Reiki is performed with you lying on the treatment bed. This is a warm, comfortable and safe space in which you are free and welcome to let go of your stress and truly allow yourself to relax. Unlike massage, during Reiki you remain clothed as it's an energy healing method rather than a physical healing method so there is no need for me to touch you. For the treatment you simply lie down with your eyes closed and relax as I move around the bed, clearing negative energy from around your body so that healing and positive energy may take its place. It's so relaxing some people even fall asleep (and it's totally okay to do so)! Due to the clearing of negative energy, including anger and sadness, a lot of people feel emotional after the treatment and some even cry. This is a completely normal and healthy part of the healing process; it is simply you letting go of the negativity you've been holding onto. This is why some people also leave feeling noticeably uplifted, appreciative of life and content.
As someone who loves science and needs a good explanation of how something works before I'll believe it, Reiki has left me baffled. I've seen and felt things first-hand that I simply could not explain with science. Before I began my journey to become a Reiki practitioner, I was still interested in energy and the spiritual side of things. When I decided to practice feeling and giving this energy, some interesting things happened that truly opened my eyes and made me question just how much we really know about how we, and the world, work.
My friend had hurt his hamstrings whilst exercising, so I saw it as a golden opportunity to test how well Reiki could actually work. I deliberately didn't tell him what I was doing as I didn't want to plant any thoughts in his mind that may produce a placebo effect; all I told him was that I'd like him to lie down and close his eyes. After a couple of minutes he asked me what I was doing as his leg felt "warm, heavy and like he had pins and needles". That surprised me a little as I hadn't even told him I was going to work on his leg and I had made NO physical contact. After I had performed a very short treatment (about 5 minutes) I told him I'd finished. He got up and to both of our amazement he exclaimed that his leg didn't hurt anymore and asked me what on earth I'd done!
Case Study #1
Case Study #2
One day a friend of mine came over to help me with some work. This friend suffered with anxiety and would often become down for reasons he couldn't pin-point. So, on his break I seized the opportunity and told him about my interest in energy work and asked if he'd allow to me try something out. I half expected him to laugh, and although he was obviously a little sceptical he agreed to humour me. Once again I didn't tell him much about what I was doing so he wasn't swayed by anything I told him. As I started on his hands he said he didn't feel much. However, as I moved to his head he told me his ears were becoming "warm and prickly like he had pins and needles". I was completely shocked. The logical part of my mind was stunned and questioned how he could have felt the exact same sensation as my other friend without my mentioning anything about what he may feel. After another couple of minutes he suddenly started to become visibly emotional and teary so I stopped. I was left momentarily puzzled by what could have caused this sudden burst of emotion. Only later when I was looking up the benefits of Reiki did I read that crying was a common occurrence due to emotional blockages being removed. It answered one question and brought about more. How could he become emotional when even I didn't know that could happen? How come he felt the exact same thing as my other friend without them talking?
Becoming a Practitioner
After these two events, I stopped being sceptical and turned into a firm believer. I knew there was more to the world than most people wanted to believe and I knew it was something I wanted to pursue and learn more about. I went back to my old Reiki Master and family friend, Lynda, and started an official Reiki Practitioner course with her in order to learn more and use this knowledge to help the people who needed it.
Whether you're a first-timer or have experienced Reiki before, if you've been feeling out of balance, have aches and pains or simply want to allow yourself to truly relax, come and book yourself in. I'll be looking forward to welcoming you.