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What is Reiki?

Lyn Jones – owner of the Athene Spa in Hemington, nr Oundle tells us more..  Put very simply, Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.

Reiki is actually a Japanese word which can be translated as ‘Universal life energy’. Rei= universal, Ki=energy. What we know about Reiki has some from ancient Sanskrit texts which were discovered and developed by Dr Mikau Usui, a who was a professor of theology in the late 1800s in Japan.

Reiki is not a spiritual belief system and does not contradict any individual religious beliefs.

Every living cell, plant or animal has its own energy. This unseen force is what enlivens and animates matter.

If our energy is ‘low’ we are more likely to feel unwell or stressed. Conversely, if our energy is ‘high’ we are more able to feel happy and well.

Reiki uses this energy to stimulate the body in its own natural healing process, increasing the energy flow throughout the body. The practice of Reiki focuses the energy and directs it through the hands of the Reiki practitioner. This concentrated flow of energy accelerates the balancing and healing of mind, body and spirit. At times there may be an emotional release but this is considered good as Reiki is seeking to re balance the individual and release blockages on all levels, whether physical, mental or emotional.

A Reiki treatment lasts generally from 1 to 1 ½ hours and the client remains fully clothed throughout. The environment is generally warm, calm and peaceful. There may be essential oils diffusing or candles in the room and relaxing music playing as this helps to aid the sense of relaxation.

Treatments may be either ‘hands off’ where the Reiki practitioner holds their hands a few inches above various points around the face and body, or ‘hands on’, where the practitioner applies their hands gently to the various Reiki points. Many people fall asleep during a reiki treatment.

Clients may or may not ‘feel’ anything while the treatment is taking place this does not mean nothing is happening. Some clients however report feeling heat, tingling, tearfulness or just deep relaxation.

Reiki is not a ‘cure all’. Healing is not the same as curing. Healing is restoring harmony and wholeness and promoting personal growth.

If you are interested to find out more or book a treatment contact Lyn 07740354465.



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