The Benefits of reiki

When we are feeling out of sorts, we do what make us feel better, whether that be painkillers, ice, heat or gin (with ice). 
Alternative therapies are becoming more popular and I myself have tried several including reflexology and accupuncture. 

So what is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese technique used to help heal mental, emotional and physical trauma. Once trained, a practitioner channels life force energy through their hands into their client allowing it to flow through the affected parts of the client’s energy field and charges them with positive energy. 
It can help to raise awareness in and around the physical body where negative thoughts and feelings are contained, allowing negative feelings eg stress, anxiety, physical pain, sadness, confusion, to be cleared by the Reiki energy. It is comforting, calming and supportive. And for me has been a godsend.

How Reiki and I met

In about 2003, I started having regular back massages with a local lady.  As a lawyer sitting at a desk all day, I had back problems and carried stress in my shoulders.

I started having other treatments (facials, hot stone etc), and I would stare around her treatment room and ask her all about her various certificates.  I was fascinated and this started my interest in alternative therapies, and we became good friends.

and how it helped me

In 2004, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and after various tests and planning appointments, I started 6 rounds of chemotherapy in June 2004. 

I was aware of the possible side effects but was assured it would be a few days before I noticed them.   They were wrong.  It was 2 hours and I was in Next at the time…

The nausea was the worst followed by the constipation, close behind that was the smell of the chemo coming out of my body and then there was the hair loss. 

As well as offering to do my washing, my friend offered to come round and give me reiki after my next session.   

I had never heard of reiki let alone knew what it was (I obviously hadn’t got to that certificate on the wall).  But I thought why not and I accepted her kind offer. 

I found the session extremely relaxing, almost meditative, and without a doubt felt less anxious. I felt heat and almost instinctively knew where her hands were even though she wasn’t touching me. 

The nausea was definitely less and my sleep was better. 

Introducing Crystals

After about 3 chemotherapy sessions, my friend came round to give me another reiki session.   I lay on my front and she placed a few crystals on my back. 

I remember feeling the heat as usual, but then it got really hot on my back in the middle, almost burning. 

After the session, I removed my top and had a circle of what could be described as a rash, or heat bumps. It wasn’t sore and only lasted a few minutes but it was as if the reiki and crystals had drawn out the toxins I no longer needed, helping my body to expel them.

Having reiki made a huge difference to how I felt each cycle, as well as giving me the space to allow myself to accept the process and acknowledge that I needed more rest.

Becoming a Master at last!

I continued to have Reiki and have had sessions many times since, and by other amazing therapists.  My friend moved abroad but we remain friends to this day and she definitely deserves credit for me being on this path. 

I decided that I wanted to know how to give Reiki to myself and started training and eventually completing my Master Teacher level in 2009.  

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Can Reiki help you?

Reiki will not cure cancer or any other disease, unfortunately. 

But it can relieve emotional symptoms such as stress and anxiety, and help with many symptoms of physical illnesses.  You can read more here

I know I’m already not the only one who has benefitted. Reiki was offered at the Day Hospice I attended and is suggested by Cancer Research UK as an alternative therapy.

If you wish to know more about Reiki and how it can help you, or to book an appointment, please do contact me.