What is Reiki?

Reiki is a traditional Japanese ‘hands-on’ healing technique which flows out of the practitioners hands and into the patient using a series of gentle and non-intrusive hand positions from the crown of the head to the bottom of the feet.

The word Reiki means ‘Universal Life Force Energy’ and is made up of two syllables, ‘Rei’ which describes the ‘Universal’ aspect and ‘Ki’ which refers to the ‘life force energy’ that flows through all living things.

Reiki addresses the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances using ‘Life Force Energy’ to heal and balance the energies within the body.

Usually one may experience a sense of deep relaxation as Reiki encourages one to let go of anxiety, tension or any other lower based feelings as a state of inner-peace and general well-being is often felt.  Some patients drift off to sleep and experience visuals or other mystical and spiritual experiences.  Usually at the end of a treatment, a patient may feel refreshed, energetically lighter or experience a sense of feeling balanced.

Grand Master Mikao Usui (1865-1926) was the founder and originator of Reiki.  He taught five general life principles, which when followed can encourage a more peaceful and enriching life.


The five Reiki principles are:

  1. “Just for today, do not worry”
  2. “Just for today, do not anger”
  3. “Just for today I will count my blessings”
  4. “Just for today I will respect and appreciate every living thing”
  5. “Just for today I will do my work honestly”

If we were to truly live and breathe these five principles each and every day, we really would be living a ‘Heaven on Gaia‘.

Namaste. x

{photo credit: stock images}

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