What is Reiki?
Reiki (ray-key) – is Japanese for Universal Life Energy, and is also a word used to describe a system of natural healing. This tradition was founded by Dr Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication.
We live in a world of energy that nourishes and maintains all living things. When this energy flows uninterrupted there is balance and harmony within and around us, and we experience a sense of well-being.
There are many variations of Reiki, but in essence Reiki treatments can help the body emotionally or spiritually. It is a tradition that is open to any belief system.
Reiki treatment is a process that anyone can enjoy! Reiki can be used alongside other conventional or complementary treatments and often helps to provide emotional support during recovery.
The practice is taught by Reiki masters / teachers who have trained in the ancient tradition passed on in person from master to student.
How is treatment administered?
The method of receiving Reiki is simple. The recipient remains clothed and lies on a couch or sits on a chair and relaxes. The practitioner gently places their hands in a series of non-intrusive positions on or near the body. There is no massage or manipulation. The whole person is treated rather than specific areas. Sessions can take 30 minutes to an hour-and-a-half, depending on the client’s needs.
Reiki practitioners are not trained in diagnosis and will not predict any specific outcome from treatment. If people are concerned about their symptoms they should see a doctor.
What does Reiki feel like?
Each person experiences Reiki differently depending on their individual needs at the time.Clients may or may not feel sensations during a Reiki treatment. Benefits reported by recipients include deep relaxation promoting a calm, peaceful sense of well being on all levels. Some people feel sensations of heat, tingling, or experience seeing colours, whilst others can have an emotional response, indicating that shifts are taking place, allowing harmony to be restored.
Should Reiki be administered during pregnancy?
Reiki can be wonderful for pregnant women. Sessions can be very relaxing and enjoyable for the mother and baby. The gentle nature of this bodywork is especially beneficial for expectant and new mothers because it helps mamas to relax and remain more grounded emotionally. It can also help prepare women for the physical, emotional and spiritual changes needed for a “peaceful-centered” pregnancy, labor and post-partum recovery experience.
One of my specialties are assisting a laboring mother with Reiki treatment. Reiki provides a safe sacred Birthing space and a soothing environment a for centered, empowered birth experience. It can be tremendously gratifying for the spouse or partner to learn Reiki, providing an additional source of loving and centered support, creating a deep shared connection between the couple.
Do Children and Reiki mix?
Children usually LOVE Reiki. I recommend supporting a child's development with the natural and gentle energy Reiki. I believe that all children posses an innate sense of curiosity, wonder and imagination. From the head (in their intellect) to the heart (in their spiritual and emotional) to their hands (in their physical), the whole child is a wonderful and pure being capable of performing Reiki on him or herself and on others. Being involved in a method which is universal love, a child gains a connection to their peers, to nature and to the world around them. They learn to look within when problems arise and to be more aware of his or her actions and feelings, and their effect on the world. The length of a session is often shorter than it would be for an adult.
Reiki can be a great comfort, helping to promote a sense of peace and acceptance for the dying and their families. At a time when we are suffering a bereavement and grieving for a persons passing, we go through a range of emotions. This can be anything from anger, guilt, loneliness, to feeling that we can not cope without that person in our lives. Everyone is different in what and how they feel, but we all have one thing in common and that is that our life force energies are at their lowest ebb.
At a time of grieving Reiki can be of great benefit to the bereaved. As the Universal Life Force Energies heal the whole mind, body, emotions and spirit, the energies will go along way towards giving the individual inner peace and the ability to move forward in their lives.
Reiki and bereavement?
Animals, like people, benefit from Reiki. Whether you have cats, dogs, birds, fish, ferrets, horses, or other larger animals, you can use Reiki to help your pets. Animals respond beautifully to Reiki Healing as they have an innate understanding of energy and find it very soothing.
Do pets like Reiki?
There are no known contraindications for Reiki. It is a non-intrusive treatment that can be delivered in a variety of settings and requires no special equipment. "As running water smooths the jagged edges of a rock until it is small enough to roll away, Reiki flows to the areas of need, soothing and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself.” -The Reiki Association
Are there any circumstance were Reiki is not appropriate treatment?
Reiki Sessions - how many sessions do I need?
A single session may be sufficient, but it is best to discuss this with your practitioner. For instance, if you have long standing emotional or spiritual issues, a series of sessions may be beneficial. In general if you find that helpful changes are taking place, it is a good idea to continue sessions.
Reiki Certification - Can anyone learn Reiki?
Yes! Let your radiant light shine!
Reiki Master Teacher Shannon Chada offers all levels of Reiki training, Certification, Mentoring, and Apprentice Programs throughout the year in the Chicagoland and Rockford area.
Personal and Private Group trainings also available.
Please contact Shannon: firstname.lastname@example.org