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I first fell in love with Reiki back in 2006. I had heard a little of it before but never actually knew anything about it properly or met anyone skilled in it until I attended a holistic fayre in Harrogate, North Yorkshire that year. My interest for the natural and all things complementary had been around for a long time, since way before the Millenium, in fact, when my career in the beauty industry took a slightly unexpected turn. At the time we had been introduced, I was going through a very sticky period in my personal life. Some things were coming to an end (better late than never!) which, while doing so, was not very pleasant, to say the least, and so my attentions were turning to self-healing practices and relaxation techniques to help get me through.
‘They’ say all things happen for a reason, that there are no coincidences and that everything comes to us all at the right time and when it does (or doesn’t) that is the way it is meant to be. There definitely IS a Universal Law and one that governs us all whether we know it or not, like it or not. For me, then, Reiki was one of those non-coincidental happenings and clearly what the Universe had planned for me. Today, I am so grateful for that encounter as it played a crucial part in my journey back then and still does now and forever more.
Shortly after my visit to the aforementioned holistic fayre, I enrolled on my Shoden, the first degree (or first level) course of Reiki. After almost 8 fabulously weird weeks of theory and practical lessons with assessments, guided meditations, symbols, colours and out-of-this-world sensations, this course taught me the basics, empowered me to work with Reiki energy in various healing ways and helped me to ‘tune in’. It gave me the tools to help heal myself and begin helping others too also opening me up to the Truth and more weird and wonderful stuff out there. It truly was the most wonderful experience and, as the foundations had now been laid, I was excited to progress to the second degree, Okuden, which I did so without any delay. I was a woman on a mission!
Okuden took a little longer to achieve and a little more hard work and effort but it was so worth it in the end. To receive my certificate showing the world that I had become a Reiki Practitioner was a very proud and profound moment for me. There is an importance with this degree which is that it deepens my experience of Reiki energy, that it furthers my self-healing and spiritual development and that it provided me with the approach to enhance further my treatment of others. This truly is another level of wonder and amazement! I have remained at this level for quite some time now enjoying all it has brought me and my clients and had to offer, never feeling the need to progress more into becoming a Master Teacher, the third level known as Shinpiden…until now! I guess you could say I have received my calling (took a while!) and it must be answered! So, it is decided, the next chapter of my This Life On Earth begins (soon) and a new training beckons but for those of you who, like me all those years ago, are new to Reiki and would like to experience it for yourself, here’s a little something to help you on your way to doing so…
Where does Reiki come from?
With roots in Tendai Buddhism and Shintoism, Reiki originated from Japan and was developed in the early 1900’s by the great Sensai Mikao Usui. Reiki (meaning Universal Life Force) is the simple Oriental healing method that anyone is capable of experiencing and learning and can certainly benefit from when put into practise. Since it was first taught in the West in the 1970’s, Reiki teaching has focused on it much more as a treatment technique rather than as a tool for self-healing, self-development and spiritual development. And, now classed as a complementary therapy, Reiki is a wonderful modality to enjoy while promoting well-being, for both the recipient AND the practitioner. A form of energy work, Reiki allows both individuals to experience at the same time peace of mind and inner calm. It is known to relieve stress and anxiety, bring a sense of balance, still and wholeness, assist in the letting go of emotional baggage and explore your spiritual side, to name but a few.
What can Reiki do for me?
There are 2 ways in which you can benefit from Reiki. First, you can receive a treatment from a qualified Reiki practitioner. Receiving a treatment from a practitioner means you are dependent upon them for your ‘dose’ of Reiki. Second, you can become ‘attuned’ to Reiki through a course and learn how to use the energy to enhance your own well-being and life and that of others. Learning Reiki for yourself gives you the ability always and you can work on yourself, and your family and friends, every day if you wish. No matter what you decide, there is the potential for Reiki to make a huge difference to your life.
Reiki as a treatment technique
Reiki can produce amazingly positive changes to the mental, emotional and physical levels when used as a treatment method and has been successfully known to have dealt with a wide range of problems and conditions. When treating conditions such as stress, tension, anxiety, sleeplessness, emotional turmoil, low spirits and depression, Reiki can produce fast and long-lasting results. With physical problems such as sports injuries, long term chronic pain, M.E, fatigue and low energy levels, arthritis, rheumatism, sciatica, however, it can take a little longer to ‘shift’ but, nonetheless, positive results can be achieved.
What to expect from Reiki?
Receiving Reiki is a very simple process but one that can produce (most often) very profound results. The treatment begins, following the completion of a health questionnaire, with you fully clothed and either sitting comfortably on a chair (if receiving a short treatment) or lying on treatment couch which is the usual expectation certainly here at The Secret Therapist. Shoes and any intrusive jewellery or unwanted layers of clothing are removed. The room is warm and you are asked to cosy up on your back under a blanket or towels. There may be some soft background music playing, lit candles for ambiance and maybe some incense or essential oils diffusing. Your treatment will begin with your practitioner asking you to close your eyes and take in some gentle, deep breaths. Don’t over breathe!
Using his/her hands and working with the chakras (or body’s energy centres) and auric layers, your Reiki practitioner will place his/her hands non-intrusively on various areas of your physical body (or hover above) in a series starting from the crown of your head to your feet. Your practitioner will work intuitively allowing the energy to flow at the same time guiding the best combination of positions and where to place his/her hands at that specific time. Each hand position is held for a few minutes, sometimes longer and, while doing so, the energy will flow into you drawn according to your need, helping to rebalance your energy system, mind, body and soul, relaxing you and creating a sense of peace.
As the energy flows, most people will feel heat or warmth maybe even cold, tingling from the practitioner’s hands or in your own body at specific areas. You may feel other weird and wonderful sensations, see colours, lights or images. Some people may experience an emotional release becoming teary which is quite normal. As quickly as this is brought to the surface will it release and dissipate. You may even fall asleep! Whatever happens, no two treatments are ever the same but each equally amazing and positively beneficial to your well-being.
While Reiki is very effective it is not a miracle cure. Positive results tend to build up over time and so, to experience the full benefit of Reiki, we recommend that you have four to six weekly full treatments. Reiki practitioners are in no way, shape or form ‘gifted’. Reiki energy lies within us all, in fact, it IS us all! Reiki practitioners are simply fortunate to have learned the skills required to deliver a positively good healing experience to the recipient in the best professional way. There are no contra-indications to receiving Reiki, however, we do advise that when exploring any complementary therapy as a healing treatment to assist recovery, convalescing or while pregnant, especially if you are undergoing specific medical treatment, to always seek advice from your GP. Reiki practitioners do not need magic crystals, spirit guides or talk to angels to give a treatment but it has been known for the strangest of things to happen during and anything that positively enhances your treatment is very welcome.
Later this year I will be offering Reiki courses at our East Kilbride establishment. I will keep you all updated on this happening and my own Reiki progress as and when things flow. In the meantime, to experience a Reiki session with us here at The Secret Therapist BOOK NOW.
As always, love & light
Amanda (The Secret Therapist) x