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Complementary Therapy: Reiki

By: Jo Johnson - Updated: 2 Sep 2012 | comments*Discuss
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Developed in Japan, Reiki has been used as a therapeutic and spiritual practice since the beginning of the 20th century.It is thought that it can aid healing by channeling energies that flow through the therapist's hands. It aims to increase the flow of energy through the person which in turn helps to prevent poor health or heal from within.

What Can Reiki Be Used For?

Reiki has been used to treat many different disorders and complaints of any level such as spiritual, physical, emotional of psychological.It is not recommended to be used instead of conventional medicine, but as a complementary practice enhancing healing and well-being.

Many practitioners believe that minor injuries or those of sudden onset can be helped by reiki, though long-term or terminal illnesses may not find as much benefit. That is not to say that the person will receive no benefits as they may find a sense of peace and well-being whilst they suffer from their illness.Reiki is a holistic therapy and will treat the whole person, not solely a specific complaint, though these will be addressed.

How is Reiki Administered?

Providing reiki is not a complicated process. The practitioner initially discusses with the person any existing complaints, a brief history, and long term problems and what the client wishes to achieve from the therapy.

The person is then made comfortable, usually lying down if able and encouraged to relax.Using their hands only, the therapist gently applies their hands to the patient and in a process of small and gentle movements, channels energy through their hands encouraging healing. Many practitioners use reiki along with other therapies such as massage, aromatherapy and music. These techniques are very dependant on your practitioner as many believe reiki should be practiced purely independently and effect may be lessened.

For those whom reiki has been a benefit, results have been described as 'miraculous' and that an entire feeling of wellness and peace has been achieved.

Who Provides the Therapy?

Reiki is studied by students who gain knowledge and practice from existing practitioners who will have been educated by their teachers, and so on until it is traced back to the creator of this therapy. Students are said not to 'learn' the practice, but to achieve knowledge and skills during lessons by transference.

There is no specific qualification or course so be careful who you choose for your therapy. There is no certification or governing body, so in theory, anyone can profess to being a reiki therapist. Always research your practitioners experience and try and find a recommendation from a previous client.

Sessions last around one hour and often clients will find they will want to have more than one session.Prices can vary enormously depending on the level of 'training'(or attunement) and experience the person has received.Costs can range from £10 - £30 per hour.

Reiki is a complementary therapy that originated in Japan. It is used to treat the whole person but can help certain complaints and problems by encouraging the person to heal from within. This is achieved by the person giving the reiki channeling energies through the body using their hands.

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