Imagine. You’ve just finished your third triathlon in as many weeks. And you’ve achieved a PB. Mentally, you’re buzzing. Physically, you’re dying. So what do you do? Rest for a week until you can walk without wincing?
If you’re like an athletic mate of mine, you come to me for a Reiki treatment and leave feeling as if you’ve had a week on a sunny beach.
So what is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced ‘ray’, as in ‘ray of sunshine’, and ‘key’, as in ‘key to greater wellbeing’) is a healing system from Japan.
Mikao Usui, a Buddhist, founded Reiki in the early twentieth century as a way for people to heal themselves. In the West, however, Reiki is mostly used to heal others.
Reiki is offered in the NHS. Heart surgeon, Dr. Oz (‘Oprah’s doctor’) ranks it as his number one complementary therapy. And celebrities like Nicole Kidman and Angelina Jolie are said to be fans.
So why is Reiki so popular?
I’d say because it works.
Reiki could help you:
· Feel better inside and out
· Be healthier, happier, lighter and brighter
· Have more zest for life
· Bounce back from overtraining
Did you notice I didn’t mention any specific illnesses? That’s because I’m not a doctor.
Reiki isn’t an alternative to Western medicine. So if there’s something medically wrong with you, please visit your doctor.
But Reiki does work well with conventional medicine. It’s also suitable for everyone.
And, in my experience, it gets to the core of issues – not just the symptoms.
It also helps you harness your own inner healing abilities.
Reiki does this by promoting a greater flow of ‘ki’ or ‘life force energy’ (known as ‘chi’ in China or ‘prana’ in India). This helps balance your energy and improve your health. Think acupuncture without the (ick!) needles.
What’s it like to receive a Reiki treatment?
One of my clients says receiving Reiki is like a massage – only better.
As with massage, you often lie down on a massage couch. But, with Reiki, you’re fully clothed and there’s no physical manipulation.
Instead, you’ll feel the hands of your Reiki practitioner gently placed on areas of your body, like your shoulders. Or, if it’s not appropriate to touch, your practitioner will hover their hands above your body. (Interestingly, you’ll probably feel the Reiki even without physical contact.)
So what does Reiki feel like?
Imagine. You’re outside – and it’s bitterly cold. Then, suddenly, the sun comes out. That’s what Reiki feels like. It’s a delicious warmth throughout your body. Or a tingling rush. Or a black mood shifting to sunny optimism. Or a blissed out calm. It feels divine.
Everyone experiences Reiki differently, so you won’t know what it’s like until you try it for yourself.
But most people are surprised by how relaxed and revitalised they feel afterwards. It’s like a mini vacation. Passport not required.
A London Reiki Master, Victoria Crump is known as Little Miss Sunshine. In 2010, on the twentieth anniversary of her father’s death, she started sending free Reiki sunshine worldwide.
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