What is Reiki?
Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word Rei which means “Universal Life” and Ki which means “Energy”. Reiki is commonly translated as ‘Universal Life Energy’, but the characters can be translated as meaning "soul energy", "mysterious spirit", or even "spiritually guided life force energy"; Japanese characters can be interpreted in different ways, on different levels.
Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. It is believed that a person’s "ki" or energy should be strong and free-flowing. When this is the case a person is physically, mentally, and emotionally balanced and their body and mind are in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.
The art of Reiki is a healing technique whereby the Reiki Practitioner administers energy healing by means of touch. This "life force energy" flows through to activate and strengthen the body’s natural healing processes to help restore mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Reiki simultaneously works to balance the chakras in the body, enabling the body to heal itself.
Eastern systems of medicine have always recognised and worked with this energy. This energy is known as “Ki” in Japan, “Chi” in China and “Prana” in India. All traditional and modern forms of energy therapy such as Reiki, Yoga and Acupuncture are believed to work by stimulating clearance of energy blocks and allowing natural healing mechanisms to work.
Reiki is not attached to any particular religion and is therefore open to people from all walks of life.