Reiki is a Japanese term meaning Universal (Rei) Life Force Energy (Ki). It is the same energy we are referring to when we speak of Chi, Prana or Ashe. It is present in all matter and flows through all life. A Reiki practitioner is someone who, through energetic alignment, has been opened to a greater well of that energy, enabling them to use it in a healing session. The practitioner in a session is like an extension cord; plugging into the universal source of this energy and passing it on to their client. Reiki refuels your inner batteries, allowing body, mind and spirit to have access to a greater healing potential.

As a healing tool it is like a tonic, strengthening the immune system, easing stress and supporting the healthy functioning of the body. On the energetic level it moves through the body’s energy pathways (meridians) clearing blockages and improving overall health.

Reiki works to promote mental, emotional, spiritual and physical wellness. As these aspects of ourselves are interdependent and inseparable from each other, Reiki activates our whole being. It can be particularly helpful for periods of major life transitions, before and after surgeries, healing old traumas, and end of life care. In these cases Reiki can complement and support the treatment offered by the other practitioners in your circle of care.

What to expect

Reiki is non-invasive and requires little but to be comfortable and relaxed. During a session the client lies comfortably on a massage table. Fully clothed and often covered with a blanket; feeling cosy and safe is important. The practitioner then connects with the energy, moving the hands in a series of positions along the body. Touch is not always required as it is the energy of the body and not the physical that we are working with. Questions at any point are always welcome.

It is recommended that you book your appointment when you will have a period of down time after your session. It will be most effective if the body and mind are allowed to relax, letting the Reiki do it’s work. Many people find that they will be hungry and slightly “spacey” afterwards, so plan to give yourself a little extra self-care.

Practitioners offering Reiki

Andrea Pessoa