What is Reiki?

Natural healing without the use of products or manipulation, Reiki (pronounced ‘Ray Key’) is a popular Japanese treatment that can help with a variety of health conditions. It is based on the principle of energy, and the practitioner uses their hands to draw energy through the body to release blockages.

During the treatment the practitioner places his/her hands on or over you at various parts of the body. Some people feel heat or a tingling sensation. Generally, you will feel relaxed and a little drowsy.

Reiki can help with physical and emotional wellbeing. It is commonly used to treat aches and pains, stress, anxiety and so on. It is also recommended for cancer patients to complement other treatment, thought to speed up the healing process and help the patient deal with pain and discomfort. It is also used for  insomnia,toothache, migraines, back problems, sciatica, muscle strain and arthritis.

So how does it work?

“Reiki can be an intense and very personal experience,” said Honor Ballantyne, a complimentary therapy practitioner based at Cedar Falls Health Farm, Somerset.

“Some people get quite emotional as when energy is blocked, you can feel a rather overwhelming sense of release after the treatment.

“My belief is in treating the person as a whole; working to find a balance of mind, body and spirit to bring a feeling of wellbeing and contentment within.”

“I was made to feel comfortable and put at ease before the session. The energy that came through Gill was wonderful. It certainly helped with the pain in my back and a couple of other places were unblocked so as to allow the Reiki healing energy to flow.” Lesley-Ann

“I felt happy, light and pain-free and with the guidance which came from Gill after the session, I know that if ever I start to feel unwell again, I will have no hesitation in going to see her for more Reiki.” Dolores

“I found the whole Reiki treatment very relaxing and soothing and couldn’t believe the heat which was coming from Gill’s hands. I could feel the healing taking place and felt so much better after the treatment. I had been stressed for weeks prior to the treatment as I was in the throws of moving, and I just can’t wait to have another treatment.” Jackie Dixon




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