Reiki and energy healing
What is Reiki?
Energy Healing / Reiki is based on the premise that we are not simply physical beings, but also have an energy field and energy channels that run through our body, which if interrupted or blocked, can manifest as physical and emotional problems – often in the form of illness. Healing can remove these blockages enabling the individual to feel a sense of harmony and balance.
At the Westoe Practice, we use Energy Healing as a holistic therapy that treats the ‘person’ rather than the symptoms. It aims to release the mental, emotional or spiritual blocks in order for the person to experience health, happiness and wellbeing at the highest possible level. Reiki Attunements are also available at The Westoe Practice.
How can it help you?
Imbalances within the body create the underlying causes of ill health. Restoring balance places the body back to the optimum condition to heal and recover.
Reiki does not claim to diagnose or cure. As of yet it is not scientifically proven to be evidence based and as a result current legislation prohibits us from listing symptoms and conditions that are known to respond well when we follow the well-established principle of naturopathic medicine: ‘That the body be treated as a whole, without referral to named disease’.
Reiki can help you with a whole range of emotional issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, low energy, bereavement as well as giving a deep sense of relaxation, connection and fulfilment.
A typical session
In a typical healing session at the Westoe Practice, the therapist will channel energy directly at the body’s energy centres (Chakras) to remove blockages and rebalance on a spiritual, physical and emotional level.
The healer acts as a channel for the energy and releases these blockages allowing your energy to flow and restore balance and harmony. An Energy Healing session at the Westoe Practice, will take approximately 60 minutes and is performed whilst remaining fully clothed.
Frequently Asked Questions
The client, fully clothed, lies on the treatment table. The practitioner’s hands remain in a stationary position, gently on or slightly above the body through several positions from head to toe. Some practitioners do not use the prescribed hand positions, preferring to use a more intuitive approach. There is no manipulation of the skin or tissue. Reiki is not massage.
Many individuals report feeling cold, pulsating heat, or a tingling sensation during a session, and most enter a calm, relaxed state. In some, chronic or acute pain can diminish or completely vanish. It’s different for each person.
It’s important to remember that, whatever is troubling us, ‘we didn’t get this way overnight’ and we won’t ‘recover overnight’, either. Reiki is not any more magical than any other modality or allopathic medicine. Healing takes commitment and it takes time… one moment at a time.
Directly after a Reiki session, you should allow yourself time to come fully back into your awareness. You may feel so relaxed that you are dazed. Becoming in touch with the soles of your feet and their placement on the floor helps a great deal. Over the following few days, you may notice that you are de-toxifying the waste that has built up in your system. You should increase your water and/or herbal tea intake so that the toxins are flushed out more readily. You may want to rest. Most people feel an immediate improvement in their level of energy and alertness and a feeling of overall wellbeing may be noticed
No, Reiki is not a religion, nor is it based on the acceptance of any religious doctrine. Having a belief system is not a requirement for Reiki to work. Reiki does not infringe on anyone’s right to believe what he or she wishes. However, Reiki’s principles are spiritual in nature and do encourage spiritual empowerment and growth.
Reiki’s gift of increased energy and vitality can be extended to anyone. It doesn’t matter what a person’s gender, race, intelligence, or financial status is. Reiki is not a healing energy reserved only for the elite, wealthy, educated, or spiritually evolved.