Reiki explained

‘Ki’, (‘Qi’, or ‘Chi’ in Chinese), is our Life Force; it is the energy in every cell of our body. This invisible activity, or energy, surrounds us all the time, nourishing, nurturing and maintaining all living things. When the Ki is able to flow uninterrupted there is harmony and equilibrium; we experience feelings of balance and well-being. Reiki practitioners are able to harness this universal energy for the benefit and welfare of their clients. The Reiki flows through the practitioner’s hands into the recipient’s body, providing healing at each stage of the treatment and where the need is greatest. It is not necessary to have any particular religious or spiritual beliefs in order to benefit from Reiki.


What happens during a Reiki treatment?

The method of receiving Reiki is very simple. The client remains fully clothed and lies on a couch, or if this is difficult, sits in a chair. A comfortable position is important for enabling physical and mental relaxation during the treatment. The practitioner then gently places their hands in a series of non-intrusive positions that cover the client’s body. Each hand position is held for several minutes. A full Reiki session takes about an hour, depending on the client’s specific needs. Reiki usually has a cumulative effect, so with each successive treatment the client has the energy and healing can go deeper.


What does Reiki feel like?

Each person experiences Reiki differently. Clients may or may not feel sensations during a treatment - there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ response to Reiki. Some people might feel sensations of heat, tingling, or coolness; others may have an emotional response which indicates that a shift is taking place. Clients often feel a sense of deep relaxation and peace and may fall asleep during the treatment. Awake or asleep, the Reiki still flows!


Reiki lineage

The healing tradition of Reiki was founded by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 20th Century and developed as a result of his research, experience and dedication. His teachings and practice have been passed down through Reiki Masters since the late 1800s. Students go through a process of initiation, or attunement to the Reiki energy and are then trained in treating themselves and others. Diana is a practitioner of the Usui Shiki Ryoho system of Reiki and her lineage is: Dr Mikao Usui, Dr Chujiro Hayashi, Hawayo Takata, Wanja Twan, Kajsa Krishni Borang and Tripuri Dunne.

(Reiki practitioners are not trained in diagnostic techniques so will therefore not diagnose their clients, or predict a specific outcome of treatment).

Reiki kanji
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Photograph © Gary R. Moore
Photograph © Gary R. Moore

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Diana Cooper is a qualified Level Two Reiki practitioner who lives and works in Norwich.

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