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REIKI is an oriental art of natural energy healing dating back to its founder, Mikao Usui, in the late 19th/early 20th century. Reiki is a Japanese word which represents Universal Life Energy.

Rei describes the universal boundless aspects of this energy.

                    ki stands for 'life energy'.

Reiki is non-intrusive and by restoring and re-balancing life energy it allows the body to heal itself.


   •   relaxing to the physical body

   •   balancing to the emotions

   •   reduces stress

   •   increases vitality

   •   re-establishes spiritual equilibrium and mental well-being

   •   nurtures overall well-being

The effects of Reiki on the emotions can be profound, freeing emotional blocks and suppressed feelings.

This can lead to transformation of negativity into positive feelings, or allow the disposal of outdated emotional 'baggage'.

During Reiki the mind is relaxed, yet alert. As a result thinking processes are often clearer. The more you use Reiki, the stronger the development of your senses of self-awareness and intuition, often promoting personal development.



Many conditions can respond to Reiki, especially those exacerbated by stress.

Emotional problems such as anxiety and depression also seem to enjoy some benefit.



Until relatively recently these claims were all anecdotal but now more research is being carried out looking at the way Reiki can contribute towards health and wholeness.

Recent research shows that Reiki reduces heart rate and diastolic blood pressure. The study indicated that Reiki has some effect on the autonomic nervous system and that further larger studies on the biological effects of Reiki should be undertaken.

Another study showed that Reiki reduces anxiety and blood pressure, and increases relaxation.

Reiki has been used successfully as an adjunct to opioid therapy in pain management.

Ongoing studies are looking at the uses of Reiki in diabetic peripheral vascular disease and autonomic neuropathy (University of Michigan CAM Research Centre for Cardiovascular Diseases), and in the rehabilitation from stroke, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury (Centre for Research in CAM , Kessler Institute Rehabilitation - West Orange, New Jersey, USA).

Several US hospitals are using Reiki for the preparation for surgery and aftercare, treating cancer patients and, in the Emergency Rooms for easing pain, anxiety and stress.  



Health is not merely an absence of disease, or the ridding of symptoms and illness. Health is a positive state of being!

From the holistic point of view 'dis-ease' is seen as blockages of the body's energy flow. Reiki acts to remove or breakdown these energy blockages, re-balancing the energy flow, increasing the vibratory level of the whole individual. It's a bit like unblocking a dammed stream.

The levels at which Reiki works are very subtle, yet this extremely simple, gentle but powerful 'hands-on' technique brings wholeness to both recipient and giver.

This Universal Life Force is infinite, flowing without ending. It is the energy of the entire cosmos, the vital energy that feeds all life. It may be considered as Unconditional Love.

We all receive energy via the food we eat and drink, through sleep, exercise, relaxation and by being in harmony and balance emotionally and spiritually. For instance, admiring the beauty and intricacies of Nature boosts the energy reserves.

Reiki helps to amplify that energy, balancing and harmonising it for the highest good of the individual.

It supports our inner harmony, the source of our well-being and health. When giving or receiving Reiki, a state of enhanced equilibrium and well-being is reached as you reconnect to this source of Universal Life Energy.

Reiki flows where energy is needed for healing, and seems able to adjust itself to suit the requirements of the recipient at that time.

During a Reiki healing session, the channelling of this Universal Life Energy takes place through the laying on of hands onto oneself or another's body.

When treating others, the places the hands rest upon are the head, body, legs and feet.

Please Note:

Reiki complements - but does not substitute for - the healing properties of all modalities, including orthodox medical treatment, natural therapies, massage, psychotherapy, etc. It is not a replacement for medical treatment. In a pure Reiki treatment there is no diagnosis or prognosis. It can be given in conjunction with any other treatments.

Although based on Buddhist practices (Mikao Usui was a Tendai Buddhist), Reiki as used today has no specific connection with any religion, cult, dogma, or special belief system. It does not involve hypnosis or massage.

Reiki can be used not only on people, but also on animals and plants.

'You don't have to believe in Reiki
For it to have a deep effect upon you.
You don't have to believe
That fruit is delicious
In order to enjoy it.
But you will have to take a bite first.'

('Reiki' - Bodo J. Baginski & Shalila Sharamon)



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