Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the practitioner can channel energy into the client/patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being. Reiki can be given and received equally and effectively with hands-off or via distant healing.
The Japanese word ‘Reiki’ literally translates as universal life force energy. This system of healing was developed by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century. It is a non-invasive complementary therapy that has been taught and used in the UK since the late 1900s, but Eastern medicine has for thousands of years worked with this energy, recognizing its flow through all living things. Reiki supports orthodox medicine or can be used alone but is not a replacement for traditional medication or treatments.
Reiki is not based on any religious belief, faith or suggestion. Reiki works to benefit the individual. It has been suggested that in years to come it may be known as energy medicine based on scientifically measurable energy emitted from the healer’s hands.
Reiki is given fully clothed in a quiet environment and is safe for adults, children, mothers–to–be, babies and animals. However in the case of animals with health issues, owners should confirm that the animal has been seen by a veterinary surgeon to obtain a diagnosis, same applies to humans. Reiki practitioners must never diagnose a health problem.
It is highly recommended that practitioners are members of a recognized professional organization with strict Codes of Ethics and hold Practitioner Insurance.