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Why choose Reiki?

Reiki is a completely safe, gentle and non-invasive therapy. The aim is to treat disorders at the underlying root of the problem as well as having a beneficial effect on symptoms. Even without any presenting illness, receiving Reiki shows bountiful benefits leaving one in a calm yet invigorated state, relaxed and de-stressed.

Reiki treatments are especially convenient as the recipient can remain fully clothed, be sitting or lying down and receive their treatment almost anywhere (at home, in a clinic or in the workplace).
Reiki is increasingly being acknowledged as a beneficial therapy for both patients and staff in hospitals, hospices and clinics, including within the NHS.

What can be treated with Reiki?

Quite simply anything. It has been believed for thousands of years that physical, mental and emotional problems arise from the body's energy being blocked, clogged or sluggish.  Without healthy energetic flow the body's natural capacity to function is compromised, creating disorder within the cells, organs and physiological and mental processes. This lays foundations for disease (dis-ease) to take hold.  The relaxation and connection to natural energy that Reiki provides replenishes vitality with the aim of bringing the body and mind to a state of 'homeostasis', in which optimum function and condition is restored. 

Of course it is important to always consult with your GP if you are suffering from any symptoms of illness or injury, to diagnose or rule out anything that may need immediate medical attention.  Reiki can be performed perfectly safely along side any prescribed treatment from your doctor, helping to restore organic equilibrium within the body thus encouraging an ideal environment for healing to take place.

What to expect of your Reiki Treatment

Reiki is given with the recipient fully clothed and usually lay on a couch or mattress, but can be given just as effectively in a comfortably seated position, for convenience or for people with postural or mobility issues. The session can take place almost anywhere, in a clinic, at home, or even in the workplace. The practitioner will ask you some questions about the reason for your visit and may take a short history from you, keeping records of the treatments should you wish.  You will then be asked to get comfortable while the practitioner prepares for the treatment, they may spritz the air with aromatics, burn incense and/or play recorded soothing music to help you to relax. The Reiki treatment commences with the practitioner meditating for a few moments, then placing their hands in positions around the head and body, either directly onto the body or hovering above. Some say that they feel a gentle flowing sensation through the body, or warmth or tingling during the treatment. Some recipients notice surges of emotion during the treatment. The session is usually around 30 minutes to an hour but can be as long or as short as you wish. When the treatment has finished the practitioner may ask you some questions about how you feel, with most saying that they feel an unusual but pleasant sensation of both relaxation but also energised. You may feel a bit woozy after the treatment and so your practitioner will recommend that you have a drink of water and take a few minutes to ensure that you are OK to go on about your day, this is purely because of the extremely relaxing nature of the treatment. As a guideline, a Reiki treatment fee is usually around the same as a massage treatment, although some practitioners do offer a 'pro bono' service or offer treatments in exchange for services or goods to the same value. 

It is possible for a Reiki treatment to be delivered as a 'Distance Session' in which the practitioner sends the Reiki energy to you wherever you are. This will require organising a specific time for the session to begin and end and you may be asked to send a photograph of yourself for the practitioner to focus on throughout the session. The practitioner will go through the same routine as if you were in the room with them but with the intention of Reiki being delivered to you as you lay or sit relaxing in your own space. 

Choosing a Professional Reiki Practitioner

It is worth noting that many spiritual, energy or faith healing practices can be found under the umbrella of "Reiki Healing".  Even though Reiki is an extremely gentle and non-invasive therapy, if you are seeking a professional treatment it makes sense to ensure that your practitioner is a safe, conscientious and honorable one. They should hold qualifications in the form of Reiki Degrees 1 and 2 at least, up to Master Practitioner or Master Teacher, have a strong lineage that leads on from Mikao Usui Sensei and having received their attunements in person from their own Master (not from eBay - it happens!). They should hold up to date practitioner insurance and have membership to a professional association such as The UK Reiki Federation which ensures that their members follow a strong code of ethics and adhere to the best professional practices and conduct.

Principle for go reiki! and Master Practitioner/Teacher Kellie Gilmour holds all of the above with an ideal and strong lineage in both Western-style, Japanese and clinical Reiki practices, contact her here for more information on the importance of choosing a Reiki Practitioner or Teacher in your area.