Get in touch with your inner voice. If you’ve tried everything from prescribed drugs and counselling to yoga and massages but have never been successful in banishing mental and emotional traumas in life, you may want to give Energy Therapy a go. Also known as Reiki (the Japanese term for “spiritually guided life force energy”), this type of therapy aims to remove imbalances within your body to restore the natural energy flow resulting in feelings of peace and harmony.
During a typical whole-body Reiki treatment (where you wear loose-fitted clothing), the practitioner will instruct you to lie down on a massage bed and relax. Of course we can’t guarantee it’ll be a queen-size bed complete with luxurious silk pillows and allsorts, but we’re sure you’ll be comfortable anyhow.
Don’t be alarmed if your practitioner starts humming or acting a bit out of the ordinary; he or she is simply entering into a calm and meditative state of mind to prepare for the treatment. Don’t for example, strike up a conversation to break the silence – the general rule is no nattering!
When the practitioner is mentally prepared, he / she will start placing their hands in various positions of your body (although some may use a non-touching technique) for three to five minutes at a time before moving on to the next position. This method is usually referred to as ‘palm healing’ where positive energy is being transferred through the palms in the form of Chi. Recipients often feel warmth or a tingling sensation in the area being treated.
Typical Western practitioners use a fixed set of 12 hand positions, while others may use their intuition to guide them or carry out a ‘scan’ to pinpoint the ‘negative’ parts of the body. Some Reiki therapists will lightly tap, stroke, massage or even gaze at certain areas of your body to rid old negative patterns of behaviour.
A series of three or more treatments are recommended but deep relaxation and general feeling of well-being is usually the most noticeable immediate effect of the treatment. Each session lasts between 45-90 minutes.
As there are no operations, injections or side effects involved, this therapy is suitable for anyone to try at any time of the day. Energy Therapy has many beneficial effects and is great for those on a journey of self-discovery. Other recorded benefits include: tackling depression, improving sleep, boosting confidence, feeling peaceful, reducing stress and increasing energy levels.
This might be the first time you’ve heard of Reiki, but it’s actually been around for thousands of years. It’s associated with Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui who received the gift of Reiki after 21 days of meditation and fasting at Mount Kurama near Kyoto.