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What is Reiki Healing and how can it benefit me?

So what is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is a traditional form of energy healing originating from Japan in the early 20th Century.

Reiki literally means Universal life force energy.

Reiki is hands on healing using the palms of the hands of the practitioner to either hover above the clients body or gently use the hands on technique over specific parts of the body - called the chakras.

A ‘chakra’ is a Sanskrit word which literally means ‘wheel’ and it is an energy point in the body. There are 7 chakras located on the body and they represent a specific area of organs. The chakras are spinning wheels of energy and need to remain open and balanced for a well functioning system. If a chakra is blocked or out of balance, then you may experience a physical or emotional reaction. This is where reiki can assist in balancing the energy in the chakras.

Let me explain really briefly a little bit about the chakras and where they are located as it can help to understand better how reiki works along side the chakras.

So as I mentioned there are 7 chakras located on the body:

1. The first Chakra is the Root Chakra located at the base of the spine.

2. The second is the Sacral Chakra located around the sexual organs.

3. The third is the Solar Plexus Chakra located in the stomach.

4. The fourth is the Heart Chakra located at the centre of the chest.

5. The fifth is the Throat Chakra located in the throat.

6. The sixth is the Third Eye Chakra located in between the eyes.

7. The seventh is the Crown Chakra located at the top of the head.

The topic of the chakras is so in depth and intricate - I will have a separate blog on this to explain it further! So keep your eyes peeled for that one coming soon…

What to expect in a reiki session with me?

Let’s start from the beginning so you can have a better idea of what to expect during a reiki session with me as your practitioner.

I normally conduct my session in my own home, and they can last from 45 minutes up to 1 hour. I prepare myself mentally before the you arrive, I prepare the reiki bed to make it as comfortable as possible and cleanse the space with either sage or palo santo. This smudging technique cleanses the energy in the room and myself.

As I welcome you into the space, I ask you to get comfortable, have a glass of water, and lie down on the bed. I provide eye mask for deeper relaxation and a blanket in case you get cold during the session. We have a discussion around your intentions for the reiki session without going into too much detail. A lot of people don’t really want to open up too much, and others are happy to divulge more information. It is entirely up to you and how comfortable you feel!

I start off with a brief meditation to ground us both into the session and relax you into a calm state of mind. As you lie there, receiving the reiki energy, you can be aware of any slight changes in your body temperature, either coolness or heat as a gently reaction to the energy. You could see different colours in your minds eye in relation to the chakras for example. You could also have a more emotional reaction and release blocked energy through crying. This is very normal and reassuring experience that you are reacting positively to the reiki releasing blocked energy throughout your body! So do not worry if this happens to you, it is definitely a good sign.

But I do always tell my first time clients that anything and nothing could be felt so it is best to go in with zero expectations because it really is a very personal and unique experience for every single client. Sometimes I experience messages that come through for the client to receive and other times it is simply a relaxing healing experience for them. No two sessions are ever the same and that is what I love about it!

After the session, we discuss briefly what the client experienced, how they are feeling and what messages may have come up for me to share with them.

What are the benefits of Reiki?

There are immediate benefits and long term benefits of receiving reiki healing. Many clients describe that they have an immediate sense of relaxation and calmness after they have finished the session.

They also mention they have a better nights sleep immediately after the session. (For this reason I always recommend to my clients that we schedule our sessions in the late afternoon or evening as it does help relax them and set them up for a good night rest!) Not everyone can do this but it is something I personally recommend if my clients are flexible with their booking times.

Other clients have noted long term benefits such as gaining a better sense of clarity and more direction and general purpose. One client did say to me that during her reiki session she had been undecided about something that was going on in her life at the time, and during the session she suddenly knew exactly what she needed to do and made a decision right after the session. It was amazing to hear how quickly that had worked for her and how she acted upon it!

Reiki can generally help with alleviating stress and anxiety, as it welcomes a sense of relaxation and promotes a sense of wellbeing. I personally use it on myself almost every night to help me sleep better and particularly when I am on my period to alleviate the pain from cramps during the first day or two.

My journey and transformation through Reiki

The first time I had a reiki session on me, I was in Sri Lanka on a solo vacation doing a surfing and yoga retreat! It was a real act of self love and self care as I was experiencing severe heartbreak and confusion during this time. I didn’t really know what to expect, and as soon as the reiki session was over I burst into tears and released so much blocked energy it was like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders.

Since that experience, I decided to take the reiki course level 1 and learn to do reiki as a practitioner just for myself. I had such a profound and deep experience and knew that I wanted to continue this self healing journey. Little did I know that years later I would continue doing this in order to help others on their healing journey too.

This is why I am so passionate about helping others because I have experienced the transformation and I know how amazing the results of consistent and powerful self healing can be.

I have been through many dark nights of the soul, the confusion and heartbreak and self doubt and lack of confidence in myself and my ability to show up in relationships and I don't want anyone else to experience the same pain during the healing process when I know how reiki can help to alleviate some of the pain. It is such a powerful tool, especially when used alongside other methods and tools such as coaching, therapy, meditation and yoga etc yet it is gentle in its power and effectiveness.

Reiki is non invasive and mainly concentrates on the blocked emotions in your subconscious so there are so many layers that reiki can work through.

Another client actually mentioned the day after her reiki session she had no more neck pain anymore. This had been bothering her for some time but the pain had disappeared after the reiki healing and a great nights sleep. So reiki can even relieve physical symptoms that have been stuck in the body. A lot of our physical pain is actually emotions that have been stored in the body and manifest as a physical symptom.

*Obviously I am not a doctor and this is just a personal opinion of what I have briefly read and experienced through my own reading and my own personal experience in my body.

There really are no side effects or negative reactions to reiki, it is such a gentle, non invasive and incredibly relaxing experience for the client. It is beneficial to both the client and the practitioner as both people can experience the positive effects of reiki during the session.

If you have any questions about reiki and how you think you might benefit from it, send me a message and I would love to chat with you further on how we can work together.

Or you can go ahead and book a session with me straight away using the link above if you are ready to start your reiki healing now!

Let me know below if this resonates with you or if you have experienced reiki before!

Comment below and leave your thoughts... What was your first impression of reiki and what do you think about it now?

I would love to hear from you

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