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What do Mel B, Nicole Kidman, Davina McCall, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Meg Ryan and Anthea Turner have in common? They are all use Reiki for their health and well being. Click here for a selection of press cuttings.

Reiki is an ancient hands-on healing technique that was re-discovered in Japan in the 19th Century by Dr Mikao Usui. Although its origins are in the East, Reiki is now more popular in the West. Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is the Japanese word for universal life-force energy - the energy that surrounds all living matter. It's made up of two parts - Rei (universal energy) and Ki (fundamental life-force). When we are well, this energy flows freely. But in times of trouble, blockages occur and the energy is not able to flow and we soon become unwell. A Reiki practitioner is able to channel this energy through their hands and also send it remotely to any person or any location or situation. The energy is able to restore the natural energy balance in the body.

The seven major chakras and the direction they spinReiki does not just work on medical problems - it can affect all aspects of our lives. The recipient’s body draws the energy through the practitioner. This allows it to clear patches of negative/blocked energy and to recover from injury and many common conditions. Reiki can also be used on animals, plants and even inanimate objects. The Reiki hand positions are centred on the body's energy centres - chakras. The diagram to the right shows the seven major chakras plus the direction they normally spin. Reiki is an holistic therapy and a full treatment is normally given, whatever the condition being treated. This is because the source of the problem might not be in the same location as the problem itself. For example, a problem with the knee might actually be something to do with the back. And back problems are sometimes resolved when the Practitioner’s hands are on the recipient's stomach!

Reiki also allows built-up stress to be released. Stress is the cause of many medical complaints. The current fast pace of society is the reason for many of the medical complaints suffered in modern life. Normal sleep is only enough to clear the previous day’s fatigue and so additional help is needed to get rid of stress. A course of Reiki treatments should be enough for the body to rid itself of a great deal of stored up stress. But only a change in lifestyle will prevent the stress from returning. However, 'top-up' Reiki sessions should be enough to keep things under control.

The recipient’s experience during Reiki varies from person to person. It's common to feel strong heat and/or vibrations from the practitioner’s hands. Some people experience a sensation of 'waves of energy' travelling down their body and some fall asleep almost immediately. Reiki often brings clarity and insight, with recipients having visions of things troubling them, places they’d like to be or solid colours. The meaning of images can often be determined from a book of symbols - something a Practitioner should have to hand. Colours represent a chakra opening up for extra energy. For example, the colour green might indicate the heart energy centre. Most people experience deep relaxation, with a sense of peace and well-being. Reiki always works for the recipient's highest good. If the recipient feels tired following the treatment, this is because they need to rest. A cold that has been lingering for weeks could suddenly become full-on following a Reiki treatment. Although the recipient may then feel lousy for a few days, they will feel much better once the body has got rid of the cold.

During a Reiki session, some people experience very cold hands, feet or legs. There may also be numbness or a feeling of pins and needles. And this may change during the treatment. For example, a cold leg might be experienced early on, with a cold arm taking over later. It really is totally unpredictable. Whatever happens, the effects quickly die away after the treatment. And you can again be assured that the energy is working for your highest good. Reiki is a complimentary therapy. It works just as well alongside traditional medicine as it does with alternative therapies such as homeopathy. Reiki works best when you are a willing participant in your own healing process.

A picture of Matthew's auraIt’s not possible to measure Reiki but its effects can be detected in the physical world. The aura is the energy field surrounding the body. A weak aura can be transformed into a vibrant one by means of a standard Reiki treatment. This change can be detected with the use of a Kirlian camera. Click the image to the left to see the energy field surrounding Matthew. Regular use of the energy means that his aura is always strong and active. A much simpler tool is a pendulum. This can be used to pick up energy from the chakras - to see if there is a difference following a Reiki treatment. A pendulum is normally made of crystal or metal, but anything suspended on a string will suffice - even a teabag or tennis ball!

Reiki is a gift of the universe and is quite hard to explain in scientific terms - especially the ability for the energy to be sent remotely. But it's not so hard to comprehend when we realise that everything is made out of atoms and molecules. Everything is therefore comprised of energy. Some scientists believe in a universal grid that allows energy to pass between the mental, electromagnetic ether and material worlds. This might account of many of our coincidences - such as a thought popping into our head about someone we've not seen for a long time, just prior to us bumping into them around the next corner. And this may be linked to telepathy - perhaps a function as a race we've forgotten how to perform. But we don't need to delve into the operation of Reiki. It's just good enough to know that it works.

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Page last updated: 09 Feb 2005