Reiki is a Japanese practice that involves the transfer of energy from the practitioner to their client. Practiced across the world, there are many practitioners in Sheffield, Reiki has a long heritage of curing ailments; although the modern practice was developed in the late nineteenth century it similar practices date back much further; the Bible is littered with examples of the laying on of hands being used to heal the sick.
How does Reiki work?
A form of energy healing — the name comes from the Japanese words for ‘universal’ (rei) and ‘life energy’ (ki). It’s most commonly associated with the laying on of hands by the practitioner. The theory behind it is that injury, whether physical or emotional, can cause blocks in the body’s energy flow. These blocks can themselves cause pain and injury, but Reiki is able to release them, helping the body establish its balance. It is a holistic treatment, addressing the body, mind and spirit. Recipients of Reiki treatment will sometimes have benefits beyond the problem they are having treated.
What happens in a session?
As Reiki has travelled and spread it has, like any medical practice or technique, seen variations develop. However, the core features and practice of Reiki remain common to all, so whatever Reiki practitioner in Sheffield you see, there are some things you can always expect from a Reiki session.
First, Reiki is not an invasive or intrusive procedure and does not involve any massage or manipulation of the body. You will not need to undress, or even wear particular clothing for your session. Instead should focus on being comfortable. The laying on of hands to transfer energy is a powerful process — some practitioners do not even make contact — and can take place through everyday clothing.
Second, Reiki is a treatment for the whole body, rather than specific parts of the anatomy. Although you might be visiting a practitioner to deal with a particular problem or issue, Reiki works on your whole body’s energy flow, or ki. Bodily problems are caused by blocks in that energy flow a practitioner will seek to remove those blocks to improve the body’s ki. So although they will be using Reiki to address a specific problem, they may need to work on a totally different part of the body to the one that is creating physical symptoms.
What can you expect to feel?
Finally, everyone’s Reiki experience will be different. Indeed, the same individual may have difference experiences in different sessions. A Reiki session can typically last from the 15 or 90 minutes, depending on the patient’s needs, the problem being treated and the practitioner’s recommendation. The actual sensations that people experience during a session will also vary. Many, but not all, will feel a warming or tingling where the hands were laid on, but this does not always happen. Perhaps the most common sensation is a sense of relaxation and energising during and after a Reiki session.
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