What is Reiki?

Reiki is a form of alternative medicine. It was developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui.

Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the practitioner can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well being. It is a non-invasive, gentle, yet powerful method of healing.
Reiki means "Life Force Energy". It is around us, and within us – our souls are made of this energy – it is unconditional love. The practitioner accesses this energy during a treatment. It enhances the body's natural healing ability and promotes wellbeing.
Reiki treatment stands on its own as a healing practice and is also safely used to support other orthodox and complementary health or medical practices.
Reiki treatments are increasingly accepted in health and community care facilities including hospitals and cancer support units. Reiki is the most accessed complementary health treatment for cancer and leukemia patients. Many patients report significant improvements in their level of pain, fatigue, nausea and breathing.

Reiki is great for:
- When you are physically drained and tired and are in need of a treatment to ease tired, aching or stiff muscles.
- Time of change in ones life – births, relationship changes, travels, new jobs – any time that is a period of transition for you. Reiki can support you through these changes and allows for these transitions to be smooth and graceful.
- If you are feeling stuck in life and not sure which direction to choose.
- If you are ready to move on after something in your life has ended and you want to move into a new space.
- If you need nurturing, are feeling emotionally exhausted and mentally have just had enough.

The Reiki Principle
Just for today, I will let go of anger,
Just for today, I will let of worry,
Just for today, I will do my work honestly,
Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings,
Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbour and every living thing.

Kate Alderman