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What Is reiki?

Bristol Reiki Practitioner. Reiki is a generic word in Japan. It is used to describe any type of healing based on Universal life force energy, and has the basic meaning as the Chinese CHI and Sanskrit PRANA. Reiki is non-religious and can be accepted by anyone of any faith or creed. Reiki expands the subtle body system, the aura and the chakras to help clear away blocked or congested energy. It is an intelligent energy that knows where is it needed most whether that be physically, emotionally or both.

Reiki, as it is practiced in the UK today, dates back to the teachings of Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 1920's. Usui was a lifelong spiritual aspirant, a lay monk with a wife and two children. In Usui's time, various lineages of Buddhist, Taoist, and Shinto practices coexisted as the dominant themes in Japanese spirituality and culture.

Usui's intense spiritual practices culminated in a profound revelation that led to the practice now commonly called Reiki. This realization most likely occurred in 1922.

Usui travelled widely in Japan during the last four years of his life, offering his spiritual teachings to more than 2,000 beginning students, but training only 16 as Reiki masters. One of his master students, Chujiro Hayashi, was a retired naval officer. Hayashi worked with Usui to excerpt the healing practices from Usui's larger body of teachings so that they could be more widely disseminated.

Hawayo Takata With Usui's blessings, Hayashi opened a Reiki clinic in Tokyo where 16 practitioners gave treatment in pairs. Hawayo Takata, a first generation Japanese-American, came to Hayashi's clinic for relief from a number of medical conditions, including asthma. Months of treatment restored Takata's health, and she became a devoted student.  With Hayashi's active guidance and support, Takata brought Reiki to Hawaii in 1937 and eventually to the US mainland. Takata practiced and taught Reiki for 40 years before she began training Reiki masters (practitioners empowered to teach others) and spread through the world.

What’s a session like?

A complete Reiki session is offered to a fully clothed recipient who is lying on a treatment table or sitting comfortably supported in a chair.

Reiki is offered through light, non-invasive touch. The client remains fully clothed. The practitioner places her/his hands on or near the client’s body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, and feet. Other, more specific positions may be used based on the client’s needs. Each position is held for three to ten minutes depending on how much Reiki the client needs at each position. The whole treatment usually lasts between 45 and 90 minutes.

The experience of Reiki is subjective, changeable, and sometimes very subtle. People often experience heat in the practitioner's hands, but sometimes the practitioner's hands feel refreshingly cool. Other common experiences are subtle pulsations where the practitioner's hands are placed or cascading waves of pulsations throughout the body and with the eyes closed some clients see colours.

 People often comment how comforting they find the experience of Reiki to be. An interesting study reported that recipients frequently feel that they are hovering in a threshold state of consciousness, simultaneously aware of their surroundings and deeply indrawn at the same time. Some people fall into a deep sleep like meditative state.

Sometimes the experience of Reiki is dramatic, while for other people, the first session in particular may be uneventful, although they feel somehow better afterward. The most common experience is an almost immediate release of stress and a feeling of deep relaxation. Reiki is a very useful treatment in that it is suitable for everyone, regardless of age or level of health. It is used to help restore a feeling of balance, alignment and relaxation. You should feel calmer and more peaceful.

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The Five Principles of Reiki


Just for today, I will not be angry


Just for today, I will not worry


Just for today, I will be grateful


Just for today, I will do my work honestly


Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing


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