I’ve been having reiki treatments since I was in my early twenties. In fact, my late godfather James was a healer and would often bring his warm hands to my bedside when I was poorly as a child. In particular, reiki has supported me through a challenging break-up, helped with a gynaecology operation, during pregnancy, with anxiety and most recently, with my daughter and her sleep problems.
But really, it’s been during the last five years that I’ve really started to connect with the practice. So much so, I’ve now taken my Reiki First Degree and Second Degree, so that I can learn how to self-heal and help family and friends too.
During pregnancy, I went to The Orange Grove Clinic in Norwich for my treatments with a lovely Reiki practitioner called Diana Cooper, who also happens to be a qualified nurse of ten years. She has a Masters Degree in Medical Sociology at the UEA, which is where she spent time focusing on the role complementary therapies could play, alongside conventional medicine, in achieving optimum health and well-being.
She’s one pretty cool lady and I’ve had some wonderful sessions with her. If you live in Norwich, you must head to The Orange Grove folks.
But first things first, I’m getting ahead of myself. If you’ve never really encountered reiki before, you’re probably wondering what on earth I’m harping on about. So, how does it work and why do I think it’s quite possibly the best complementary treatment out there?
How Does Reiki Work?
Reiki was developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui and has since been adapted into various different teachings and approaches. There are different lineages but effectively reiki works in conjunction with the meridian energy lines and chakras in your body. In the East, a lot of medicine, healing and even meditations are focused on these different chakras, which represent different energy points and correspond with different emotions and ailments.
During the session, the practitioner will place very light hand positions around the seven major chakras on your body, with the view of unblocking any energy flows. It’s a very light touch and you’re fully clothed the whole time, sometimes with a blanket over you.
And it’s said that even if you don’t “believe in” the concept or if you reserve any doubt, then reiki will still work for you.
Like acupuncture, yoga and other once fringe practices, reiki is now viewed by many as an effective, accepted alternative practice. In mainstream America at least 1.2 million adults have tried the energy healing therapy. More than 60 U.S. hospitals have adopted reiki as part of its services, says an UCLA study, and reiki education is offered at 800 hospitals.
The Healing Touch Professional Association estimates that more than 30,000 nurses in U.S. hospitals use touch practices every year. I couldn’t find any similar statistics for the UK, although various grants have been given to certain NHS Trusts, to help cure patients with varying illnesses, and I do know that reiki is becoming more increasingly used by health care professionals in Britain. In fact, there are many national cancer charities that advocate the use of reiki.
Reiki unlike many Western remedies or modern day treatments, works directly on the root of the problem and condition instead of just masking or relieving symptoms. You don’t necessarily need to have any major physical or emotional problems to benefit. Some of the ways reiki can help are as follows:
- Increases energy levels
- Creates deep relaxation
- Helps the body release stress and tension
- Clears the mind and improves focus
- Accelerates the body’s self-healing ability
- Aids better sleep
- Reduces blood pressure
- Helps relieve pain
- Assists the body in cleansing itself from toxins
- Supports the immune system
- Helps spiritual growth and emotional cleansing
- Promotes creativity
- Compliments medical treatment.
Conditions Reiki Can Treat
As mentioned before, the great thing about Reiki is that you do not have to be ill to experience the benefits. Although reiki can help you deal with pain and release emotions attached to the symptom. Some common problems reiki can help with include: headaches, asthma, flu, ulcers, back problems, anxiety, infertility, skin conditions, poor self esteem, other emotional blockages and it can help people with serious illnesses such as cancer.
When Can You Have a Reiki Treatment?
Reiki does not have to be a stand alone treatment. The great thing about reiki is that it can also be used:
- When you are not ill but want a relaxing treatment
- When you just want a pick me up or to boost your energy level
- When you are on medication
- When you have cancer or chemotherapy
- When you are going for surgery (before, during and after)
- When you have plaster of paris
- When you are in hospital
- When you are pregnant or trying to become
So What Happens During a Session?
Most commonly, reiki is offered through light, non-invasive touch with the practitioner’s hands placed and held on a series of locations on the head and front and back of the torso.
What Do You Feel?
For me, after a session, I feel as though I’ve had a relaxing massage, I’m lighter and more in the present moment. The experience of reiki is subjective, changeable, and sometimes very subtle. People often experience heat in the practitioner’s hands, but sometimes the practitioner’s hands feel refreshingly cool.
In the past I’ve felt all manner of lovely sensations during the treatment. Either way, it’s all created to make you feel in a better place and there isn’t anything to feel apprehensive or nervous about. Feeling these new sensations in the body, may feel unusual at times but it’s all perfectly natural. The energy flow you feel is all coming through you and its movement is in line with what you need as an individual. So all you need to do is lay back and relax into it.
Reiki and Pregnancy
Reiki is said to be extremely beneficial to unborn babies and I personally found reiki became a vital part of my wellbeing during pregnancy; it helped with energy levels and general relaxation – and I could sense my little girl’s appreciative kicks of approval too!
If you decide to do your Reiki One degree while you’re pregnant, then this is supposed to be a really lovely thing to do too for you and your little one. Whilst you are being “attuned” the baby receives the attunement too. After you’ve received the attunement, you are then able to give reiki directly to your baby, in your tummy and once it’s born. Once they are born, reiki can help relieve pain & fussiness, teething, childhood falls, illnesses, aids in sleeping, growing pains, colic and nasal congestion.
It’s been a beautiful experience and my unborn baby responded during sessions; It gives you an added connection knowing that you’re sending healing vibes to your little one. Every session Diana would tell me that he/she is definitely a “Reiki Baby” – she seemed to enjoy it so much when Diana’s hands were over my belly. It’s perfectly safe for babies to receive healing in this way because the reiki energy adapts to exactly what they need. It’s clever like that.
Reiki Appointment Charges at The Orange Grove
£40 for 75 minutes.
To find a Reiki practitioner near you, go to http://www.reikifed.co.uk