Reiki

Reiki Benefits:

Prevents migraines, headaches and back pain

Detoxifies the body

Relieves sleeplessness, restlessness & insomnia, symptoms of anxiety and depression, migraine, arthritis, sciatica

Helps with symptoms of asthma, chronic fatigue & menopause.

Compliments medical treatment & other therapies

Boosts memory capabilities

Renews energy levels.

Suitable for Palliative Care. 

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What is Reiki?

The Japanese word ‘Reiki’ (pronounced "Ray Key") literally translates as universal life force energy. This system of healing was developed by Mikao Usui the early 20th century. It is a non-invasive complementary therapy that has been taught and used in the UK since the late 1900s, but Eastern medicine has for thousands of years worked with this energy, recognising its flow through all living things. Reiki supports orthodox medicine or can be used alone but is not a replacement for traditional medication or treatments. It is not based on any belief, faith or suggestion, yet, scientific research using quantum physics is starting to help us to understand how Reiki may work to benefit the individual. Reiki is safe for adults, children, mothers–to–be, babies and animals.In a similar vein to many traditional eastern therapies, Reiki works on the premise that 'life force energy' flows through all of us. If this energy becomes unbalanced, low or stuck, it is believed that we are more likely to become stressed and unwell.

Reiki is carried out by practitioners who have been attuned to the Reiki energy. 

Reiki Treatment

The method of receiving Reiki is simple. The recipient remains clothed and lies on a couch or sits on a chair and relaxes. The practitioner gently places their hands in a series of non-intrusive positions on or near the body. There is no massage or manipulation. The whole person is treated rather than specific areas. Sessions can take 45 minutes to an hour-and-a-half, depending on the client’s needs.

Reiki practitioners are not trained in diagnosis and will not predict any specific outcome from treatment. If people are concerned about their symptoms they should see a doctor.

What do Reiki treatments feel like?

Each person experiences Reiki differently depending on their individual needs at the time.

Clients may or may not feel sensations during a Reiki treatment. Benefits reported by recipients include deep relaxation promoting a calm, peaceful sense of well being on all levels. Some people feel sensations of heat, tingling, or experience seeing colours, whilst others can have an emotional response, indicating that shifts are taking place, allowing harmony to be restored.

Why people with cancer use it.

Reiki practitioners say that it can:

help you to feel deeply relaxed

help you cope with difficult situations

relieve emotional stress and tension

help to improve overall wellbeing

Some people with cancer say they feel better after receiving Reiki. Studies show that this is often because a therapist spends time with the person, and touches them (Or hovers their hands above the body).

After the rush and stress of hospitals and treatment, it can be very relaxing when someone gives you attention for an hour or more, in a calm setting. Reiki is often used in palliative care, especially in hospices.

Reiki has been known to help to control side effects of cancer treatments, such as pain, anxiety and sickness.

They also say that it helps them cope better with their cancer and its treatment. But it’s important to bear in mind that while Reiki may help you to cope with your symptoms or side effects, it is not able to treat your cancer.

(The first terminal patient I ever treated for cancer did not require his pain medication for 2 days following treatment.)


I volunteer at Nightingale House Hospice every Monday, please contact the Hospice directly for an appointment.

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