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Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a simple yet profound system of natural healing for mind, body and spirit which was developed by Japanese Buddhist Dr Mikao Usui in 1922. The word Reiki itself means "Universal Life Force Energy". Reiki concentrates on the channelling of positive energy to promote the well being of the body and mind. It can cause no harm since its existence is only that of a healing energy.

A Reiki Practitioner has been attuned to Reiki and is a channel through which the energy can pass. Reiki is drawn by the person receiving it and not given by the Reiki Practitioner. The Reiki Practitioner channels this life energy through his or her hands to the recipient and it activates the body's natural ability to heal itself. It is the aim of every Reiki treatment to channel Reiki to all parts of the body. In this way the energy works to bring balance and healing to the whole person.

Reiki is non-intrusive, it does not require the recipient to remove clothes and there is no pressure applied to the body. The practitioner works intuitively and gently applies hands on or over areas of the head and body that energy is felt to be needed. This is particularly useful for treating conditions where touching the body may be painful.

Reiki is a holistic way of treating many acute and chronic conditions, and brings about spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well being. Reiki is suitable for everyone, age is not an issue and it is also safe to use in pregnancy.

Reiki is not used as a substitute for orthodox medicine, but can compliment and increase the effectiveness of most kinds of medication and other forms of treatment. Treatments can be given with the client lying down on a couch or if this is not possible treatments can be given with the client sitting on a chair.

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