Reiki – Alternative Therapies – Relaxation and Holistic Healing for improved Health
As a therapist I encounter all kinds of quirky stories, and as a journalist I cannot help but tell them.
I was recently asked, by a male EADT colleague, about Swedish and Indian head massage and whether I also “do that thing where you wave your hands over people and make them feel better?”
I had to giggle as it is difficult to explain the mechanics of Reiki healing to those who believe and trust in this ancient therapy, let alone to this young cynic.
The conversation became even more hilarious as I explained that the healing energy is channelled through me and my hands to my client’s aura without me actually having to touch them physically, for the beneficial effects to take place.
“I can understand massage and people paying you to touch them,” he said, “but do people really pay you not to lay a finger on them?”
Yes, to a certain extent, they do.
To make matters worse, and by this time my sides were aching with laughter due to his facial expressions of disbelief, I told him about distant healing with Reiki.
I explained that not only could I send healing energy to clients in the next town and to my relatives in America, but also to my grandparents who had passed away several years ago.
I cannot show you Reiki energy. I can only channel it to others, and let them witness the improvements themselves.
We plug in televisions to allow the flow of electricity. We cannot see the electricity coming out of the socket, but we witness the screen come to life.
Reiki is believed to have been used in ancient times by Tibetan monks. About one hundred years ago in Japan, Dr Mikao Usui rediscovered this simple art of healing.
He attuned people to become Reiki channels and in turn they attuned others, and eventually Reiki spread across the World became part of Western civilisation.
A Reiki healer can channel this life force energy to any human, animal or plant and they only need the intention to heal to enable the energy to flow.
How does it work? The belief is that all living things have energy (breath, prana or chi) running through their systems which causes them to be alive. This energy is in abundance in the universe, and a Reiki healer can channel a concentrated amount to their client.
Our body has the ability to heal itself. If we are cut, our body’s energies repair the damage. With added Reiki energy the healing takes place quicker.
Reiki not only works at a physical level, but also spiritually and emotionally too.
As it cannot be scientifically proven to exist, I can only tell you a healer’s beliefs.
Whether it is ever proved to be real or turns out to be a placebo, does it really matter as long as it has the desired positive result?
I once saw a client who suffered terribly with vertigo. She had exhausted all other treatments and came to me for Reiki healing.
After a half hour session my client left and I did not hear from her for some time. Well, so much for that, I thought, and doubted my treatment’s success.
A year later I bumped into her at a pamper evening. “How’s your vertigo these days?” I enquired. She replied: “After I saw you, the vertigo went away almost immediately, so I didn’t need to come back again.” Some time later she recommended that a friend with the same symptoms visit me.
Another Reiki occasion was when I found my daughter’s hamster foaming at the mouth and having difficulty breathing. I sat and held little Teddy all evening. I told my children to say goodbye to their pet as I placed him back in his cage, because I did not think he would still be alive in the morning.
However, the next day there was Teddy bright eyed and expectant at the bars waiting for his breakfast.
There are many more tales of people, animals and plants benefiting from Reiki treatments.
Maybe these are all coincidence, maybe not, but my clients are always treated with the best intentions.
Of course, after telling my sceptical colleague all of this, he thought I was completely mad. Crazy or not, we enjoyed a wonderful bellyache laugh, and that was the best therapy of all.
For more information on Reiki Healings and Reiki Attunements in the Ipswich, Suffolk area, please contact Helen.