Reiki is a natural healing therapy, which has been traced back to ancient Tibet. According to Reiki philosophy, illnesses are caused by energy blockages in the body. The practitioner draws upon the universal energy and lays their hands on or over the patient. The energy then flows from the practitioner's hands to the patient's body and moves the blockages that are causing the illness. There is no manipulation, massage, acupressure or any other form of manual therapy performed on the patient. Reiki can, therefore, be considered as a spiritual 'laying of hands' style of treatment.

Links to Tibetan Buddhism
In Japanese, 'Rei' means universal and 'ki' means life energy. It is believed that Reiki was practised as a healing therapy in ancient times by Tibetan Buddhists. This knowledge was forgotten until the 19th century, when it was unearthed by Dr Mikao Usui, a theology teacher who was initially trying to discover the force behind the healing hands of Christ. The principles of Reiki were said to have come to Dr Usui in a vision. In honour of his discovery, Reiki is also known as the Usui system of natural healing.

Universal energy
Reiki is based on the premise that universal energy flows through all living things. When blockages occur, this energy cannot flow freely through the body. An experienced Reiki practitioner can tap into the universal energy and channel energy to move these blockages. With these blockages removed, the body cells are then prompted to heal naturally.

What to expect in a consultation
A typical session lasts around one hour. The patient sits or lies comfortably, fully clothed. The practitioner first harmonises themselves with the universal energy, then places their hands on or over the patient's body at 12 key areas. The transfer of universal energy is experienced by the patient as a warmth or tingling. Many patients report feeling relaxed or refreshed after treatment.

Reiki may also be used as a part of your remedial massage at Pure Botanicals.
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