What is Reiki?
Reiki is believed to be an ancient technique that is older than any written text, it was rediscovered by a man named Mikao Usui, who was a principal of a University in Japan in the 1800's. It is used for stress reduction, relaxation, and can also promote the healing of physical problems. The Japanese word Reiki translates as Universal Energy, Rei meaning, higher power and Ki which is Life force energy. Eastern medicine has always recognised that this energy flows through all living things, and is vital to the well being of life. It is also known as Chi in China and Prana in India, and is commonly the focus of practices such as Yoga, Tai chi, and Accupuncture. As a therapy Reiki is used to transfer this energy into the reciever, whose Ki may be blocked or is not free flowing, when this happens it can cause problems that may affect physical, mental or spritual health.

What are the benefits
Reiki is a holistic therapy, so it works with the Mind Body & Spirit.
It can help reduce stress and tension and the many symptoms that are associated with this, which can help with improving the quality of relationships. It can work to promote healing of virtually any physical health issue, it can help balance emotions and free us from restrictive mental attitudes.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of healing that can be used by everybody to enhance their everyday life.

What happens in a session?
Reiki is non invasive, and is carried out with the client laying down in a comfortable peaceful environment, clothes do not have to be removed.
The Reiki therapist, places their hands gently on or near the body in various positions, and the client will take in enough Reiki that their body needs, and use it in whatever way is needed at that time.
During the session the client may experience various sensations, e.g changes in temperature, floating, flashes of memory.
The beneficial effects of Reiki may be felt for several days after the therapy.

Who can use Reiki.
Everybody can benefit from Reiki, it is not a religion, although it is spiritual in nature, you do not have to have a particular belief.
Reiki can work in harmony with other types of therapy and in particular can work well if you are recieving Counselling, as it supports personal change and can help you respond calmly to all events and help you build on a more resourceful state of being.