What is Reiki?
Reiki is a form of energy therapy that uses simple hands-on or no-touch techniques, with the goal of improving the flow of life energy or (Ki) in a person. Reiki (pronounced ray-key) means “universal life energy”. Reiki practitioners are trained to detect and alleviate problems of energy flow on the physical, emotional, and spiritual level.
Reiki may provide such benefits’ as reducing stress, stimulating the immune system, increasing energy, and relieving the pain and symptoms of some health conditions. Practitioners have reported success in helping patients with acute and chronic illness.
Reiki is a gentle and safe technique, and has been used successfully in some hospitals, and has been found to be very calming and reassuring for those suffering from severe or terminal conditions.
Celtic Reiki is an offshoot of the more traditional Japanese Usui Reiki, based on Celtic traditions more prevalent in the western world. It is a gentle form of earth energy and as such is channelled through the feet rather than through the crown as is more traditional. As a Tai Chi practitioner who also draws Chi (Ki) through the bubbling springs (points on the feet) this resonated more with me which is why I chose to learn this style of Reiki. I have gained my Celtic Reiki master practitioner diploma, but the learning never stops.
The Celtic Reiki practioners use the essences or energies of trees and other natural energy helpers to assist with the treatment. The Celtic tree Ogham are its main symbols. These help the practioners focus in order too bring the correct type or essence or energy into the treatment arena. In fact whole groves of tree essences can be brought into the treatment, making Celtic Reiki quite different to other forms of Reiki and energy work.
What is involved in a treatment
First a full case history is taken during which the nature of the problem or condition is discussed and recorded. I then scan the energy and physical body with my hands held just above the body. I am feeling for any thing that feels wrong this is difficult to describe but in general I am feeling for hot or cold spots in the energy field of the client. After this the treatment will begin with energy channeled using the symbols and different hand position. This maybe above or on the body and treatment usually last for approximately 1hr.
Clients find Celtic Reiki relaxing and de stressing so from this point of view this style of Reiki produces many of the same goals as traditional massage without the client needing to disrobe. This makes Reiki really beneficial for clients who find being unclothed embarrassing and of course for the elderly and very sick who may find dressing and undressing difficult.
This form or therapy should not be used as a substitute for modern medicine but as a complement too any treatment you receive from your medical practitioner.
Although to date I am unaware of any scientific research into the effects of Reiki on clients I am personally a great believer in the benefits of energy work and I feel and those I have treated feel that they do benefit greatly from a Celtic Reiki treatment.
A history of Reiki can be found here for those interested in more information. http://www.reiki.org/faq/historyofreiki.html