What is Reiki?

Reiki is a healing system which is based on being attuned to the Universal Life Force Energy and learning how to direct this energy for the beneficial purposes of healing. It is a laying-on of hands touch healing system of ease and power.

Reiki is usually taught to practitioners in three stages or degrees and students at all stages can give Reiki healing. It is only practitioners who have been attuned as Reiki Masters who can attune others to become Reiki practitioners.

Self healing through Reiki is a vital component of the development of a Reiki healer. Reiki is not a religion, nor is it affiliated with any religion.



Why are there three stages of Reiki development?


The person who is attuned as a Reiki healer has had their body's energy channels opened and cleared of obstructions by the Reiki attunements. The healer now not only receives an increase in their universal life energy (also known as Chi or Ki) but also becomes connected to the universal source.


Reiki 1 : healing is primarily for self-healing. The Reiki 1 healer can also do healing for someone else who is physically present. Reiki basic hand positions are taught.

Reiki 2 : this attunement noticeably increases the amount of healing energy and focuses on emotional, mental and karmic healing in the person who receives it. Reiki 2 practitioners learn distance healing methods and tools. Three Reiki symbols are introduced at Reiki 2.

Reiki 3 : is the teaching degree, also known as Master's degree. A Reiki Master is simply one who has mastered a discipline and is able to teach - no ego or ownership is involved. This level involves spiritual level energy and achieves spiritual healing in the recipient. Two further Reiki symbols are taught. Reiki 3 attunement is intended to be for those who wish to teach others and make Reiki healing a major part of their lives.

Who will benefit from Reiki?

Reiki can be beneficial for anyone - man, woman or child of any age or condition. Reiki can also be applied to the healing of animals. Reiki has helped heal conditions such as grief, insomnia, lack of confidence, tinnitus, back pain, high blood pressure, constipation, candida, skin disorders, strokes, anxiety and stress, tension and worry, phobias and addictions.


Reiki treats the whole person

Reiki energy heals the whole person or animal. Although it can be specifically intended to deal with the main referring symptoms, Reiki energy will flow throughout the patient's body and address any outstanding issues.


What does a treatment involve?

In a typical whole-body Reiki treatment, the Reiki practitioner instructs the patient to lie down, usually on a massage table, and relax. Loose, comfortable clothing is usually worn during the treatment. The practitioner might take a few moments to enter a calm or meditative state of mind and mentally prepare for the treatment, which is usually carried out without any unnecessary talking.

The treatment proceeds with the practitioner placing the hands on the recipient in various positions. However, practitioners may use a non-touching technique, where the hands are held a few centimetres away from the recipient's body for some or all of the positions. The hands are usually kept in a position for three to five minutes before moving to the next position. Overall, the hand positions usually give a general coverage of the head, the front and back of the torso, the knees, and feet. Between 12 and 20 positions are used, with the whole treatment lasting anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes.

Everyone experiences Reiki differently. Some feel a slight tingling or sensation of warmth; others just experience a deep relaxation. Some feel rejuvenated and energised. Some even fall asleep.


Where did it originate?

Reiki is a spiritual practice developed in 1922 by Japanese Budhist Mikao Usui. There are two main branches of Reiki, commonly referred to as Traditional Japanese Reiki and Western Reiki.


Further details from :

The Allan Sweeney International Reiki Healing and Training Centre ""