What is Reiki?
We are all made of energy which flows through our subtle body. In the Indian Ayurvedic system, the energetic pathways are referred to as "nadis" where the life-force, "Prana", flows. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), they're called meridians through which the life-force, "Qi" flows. They are the same thing, and sometimes these energetic pathways end up becoming blocked. Just as our physical body can become sluggish and sick when we're stressed and don't take care of ourselves, the same thing can happen with our energetic body. In fact, both physical and energetic bodies are interlinked and affect each other - an energetic block may lead to a physical manifestation that shows up as illness in the body and vice versa.
The Japanese art of Reiki works on the same energy pathways as Ayurveda and TCM. It is a form of channeling healing energy to help clear through these energetic blocks. It may sound a little "woo woo" at first, but there's no denying the effects of Reiki.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How will I benefit from a Reiki session?
A: Different people react differently, but generally any time you're feeling low in energy, tired, stressed out or in need of a bit of nurturing, a Reiki session can help you feel more relaxed, calm and most people report having a great night's sleep! In the days following a Reiki session, mood and energy levels tend to perk up. I find it helps especially with getting people through emotionally tough times.
Q: What happens during a Reiki session?
A: We usually start with a grounding exercise, and then the Reiki client lays down on a massage table fully clothed, with his/ her eyes closed. The way I practice is by laying hands on the client at some points, and also having the hands close to but not touching the client at other points while I channel the Reiki energy. All you'll need to do is lay back, relax and be open to what happens.