What is Reiki?

Reiki is an energy healing technique which brings an immediate benefit to your well-being. It is used for reducing stress, promoting relaxation and mental/emotional calm.  It stimulates your body’s natural healing ability to ease physical symptoms by replenishing and refreshing your energy system. 

Reiki energy is a universal life force energy that is transmitted through the Therapist’s hands, using light touch, into your physical body and energy field.  It is not based on or affiliated with any religion or particular belief and you do not need to believe in it for it to work. 

The only real way to know what Reiki is, what it feels like and how it can help you, is to experience it for yourself. 

What does Reiki mean?

Reiki is a Japanese word that comes from two words – Rei and ki. In the Japanese language, the word Rei means universal spirit and the word ki refers to the life energy that flows through all living things.

Where did Reiki originate?

The origin of Reiki can be traced back to ancient Tibet, thousands of years ago. The technique was rediscovered in Japan in the late 1800’s-early 1900’s by Dr Mikao Usui, who founded the Usui Reiki healing system. 

Usui Reiki was introduced to the Western world by Hawayo Takata in 1938 and has since been passed on to millions of people all over the world. 

For further information, go to: https://www.reiki.org/articles/discovering-roots-reiki

Karuna Reiki

Karuna Reiki is a method that evolved from the original Usui Reiki.  The method was developed by William Lee Rand, president of The International Center for Reiki Training in 1995.  It is a deeply powerful, gentle healing energy that can only be taught to those who have trained in Usui Reiki.

How does Karuna Reiki work?

Karuna Reiki energy travels and flows through your energy field to create deep relaxation, aiding the release of pain and tension.  Much like taking a painkiller, Reiki will target pain and tension to help alleviate it on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level.  The Karuna energy then flows into your energy field to restore the flow of life force energy and realign your body’s energy system to a new sense of well-being.

It can bring feelings of deep peace, relaxation; heal the heart; soothe the mind; ease pain and tension; provide insights for personal development etc. The Karuna Reiki energy works at a pace that suits you. Each successive treatment allows the body to actively relax on deeper and deeper levels to release tension held deeply within the body and restore your natural well-being.

The relaxation benefits can usually be felt immediately and for days or weeks afterwards.  Reiki can have a long-lasting effect when received over several sessions.

Conventional Medicine and Reiki

Karuna Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of energy healing that everyone can use.

It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady to create a beneficial effect. It works in conjunction with conventional NHS medical treatments and other therapeutic techniques to provide relaxation, reduce stress and promote well-being.

It is safe to use if you have medical conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes or heart conditions. Pregnant woman can have Reiki treatments to support them through all stages of their pregnancy. You may receive Reiki treatments if you are undergoing cancer treatments as Reiki helps the release of toxins from the body. Reiki gives help and comfort to support all conventional medical care.

Reiki in Hospitals

Complementary therapy is increasingly demanded and expected by patients undergoing treatments within the NHS.  An increasing amount of research clearly demonstrates that complementary therapy is important to support patients through their conventional treatments. 

Reiki is currently offered by 16 NHS hospitals and hospices, including Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske; Derriford Hospital, Plymouth and Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre to provide support to cancer patients, their relatives and staff.  Reiki treatments are also offered by means of distant healing for frontline nurses, doctors and ambulance paramedics via Reiki Medic-Care.

I am currently employed, on a part-time basis, by the NHS Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske to provide Reiki to in-patients on Lowen Ward, patients having chemotherapy at the Headland Unit and patients receiving support at The Cove MacMillan Support Centre.


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