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Pronounced 'ray-key' - Reiki is Japanese for "Universal Life Force Energy" -  the essence of life that flows through all living things.

Reiki uses the life force energy to help release physical, emotional and mental pain or blockages.

Its roots are in Tibetan medicine but it was rediscovered in the 19th century by Japanese theologian Dr Mikao Usui who claimed to have received the secrets of Reiki in a vision. It is now practiced the world over after his pupils brought the technique to the West via Hawaii.

Based on a concept of unlimited universal energy that can be 'drawn down' by practitioners and channelled into areas of the body where healing is required, it promotes healing in body, mind and/or spirit.

A Reiki treatment involves the laying of hands either on or just above the body over the seven chakra points, starting at the crown chakra on the top of the head down to the root chakra which is located at the base of the spine. It is normal for the client to lie down on a bed or couch, but it is possible to sit if necessary. You will not be required to remove any of your clothing, though you may want to remove shoes.

Healing energy is then channelled through the practitioner into the client who may feel sensations of warmth or tingling. Often though a client will feel nothing at all during a treatment and presume it hasn't worked, but Reiki energy is intelligent and very subtle and can work in ways that are unexpected. It will work on the part of the body or psyche that is crying out for it the most.

For example, someone may come for a Reiki treatment to help relieve their migraines. After three or four sessions they may decide it isn't working for them because their migraines haven't stopped. But what has been going on is that the Reiki has been working on their arthritic knees which the client has come to live with and accept as day to day living. In this way, it was more important for that person's wellbeing that the pain from the arthritis was relieved first rather than the migraines.

Reiki is an automatic process and will flow to the area necessary. Any attempt to force the process will result in a general lessening of the power available.  Remember that the Reiki Practitioner is a channel for the energy to be given and NOT the source of the healing. This explains why treatments do not drain the giver and actively replenish and charge Reiki Practitioners as well as their clients.

Most Practitioners will not talk during the session but will discuss her findings with you afterwards & give you feedback.

Reiki is great for getting rid of stress, tension and pain and it is so gentle and safe that it is perfect for anyone the young even newborns, pregnant mothers, older clients, and those with great physical pain or disability who are unable to have any vigorous bodywork.

It is also a wonder for depression, insomnia and anxiety as it brings on a feeling of inner calm and strength. I have heard it described as the feeling of being wrapped up in a big protective ball of cotton wool. And I have to agree!

Likewise, you do not need to have any aches, pains or issues to have Reiki.

It is a treatment that can be taken to simply relax and reconnect to your innerself. Some people relax so much they sleep for the whole treatment! But Reiki energy doesn't need you to be awake, it works on you anyway and can continue to do so for days afterwards. You can often feel energised and calm for up to a week after a session.

Apart from the physical benefits, Reiki encourages and supports positive personal change such as improving the diet, having more rest, exercise or leisure time, and may reduce the need for alcohol and tobacco. It can allow you to respond more calmly to events, and build on a more resourceful state of being.

Reiki can enhance everyday life, and regular sessions help to ward-off illness and fatigue.

There are three degrees in the Reiki system and all practitioners should hold at least the second degree which means they are an attuned Practitioner, whereas the first degree only equips you to practice on family and friends.

Samantha is a Reiki Master which is the third level of Reiki & means she can teach & attune other people as well as treat people.

I began studying Reiki many years ago now when I first started my Complementary Therapy studies yet every day I am still learning more & more from it. Reiki is such a diverse, powerful but gentle healing system - it never ceases to fascinate & amaze me. Samantha Atkins

Although even one Reiki session can make a difference, for best results a minimum of 3 sessions is advisable - Chronic conditions may take longer.

The benefits of the treatment can be enhanced if you can be restful for a while afterwards and drink plenty of water to help the body detox. Be open & responsive to the needs of your body, ie slow down if you feel tired, have alone time if you are feeling thoughtful and allow any emotions to flow.

Reiki is especially beneficial to pregnant women as it has no contraindications so is totally safe for both woman & child. In fact Reiki has a relaxing and reassuring affect on both Mum-to-be & the unborn child inside her.

Reiki Courses

Samantha is a qualified attuned Reiki Master Teacher and can be booked to teach & attune Reiki levels 1 & 2 at any location throughout the UK.

Groups & one-to-one training available.

Please contact us for more details.

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Samantha is a full member of The International Association of Reiki Professionals.

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