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Updated: Jan 11, 2021

You may have read the word Reiki a couple of times on this site now, and wondered what it is. Or you may know what it is, and want to know a little more about how it works and how it can be used. The following my own brief explanation of Reiki and its uses.

Reiki stands for Universal (or Divine)- Energy (Rei-ki). A Reiki treatment is a spiritual healing treatment, which uses energy transfer to bring balance to the seven Chakras (governing energy points) of the body.

During a Reiki treatment, hands are placed gently on the body to direct Reiki (Universal-Energy) towards the Chakras to help balance their vibrations and bring the body into physical, emotional and spiritual alignment. A treatment is a very relaxing and meditative experience, and most people experience the Reiki Energy as a warm sensation coming from the hands and running through their body.

The seven Chakras are as follows - Crown, Third Eye, Throat, Heart, Solar-Plexus, Sacral, and Root - and each governs different physical, emotional and spiritual things within a person and their body. The positions of the Chakras and therefore the position of hands during a treatment are-

Crown - top of the head;

Third Eye - brow/forehead;

Throat - gently to the side of or across the front of the throat;

Heart - middle of chest;

Solar-plexus - just above belly-button;

Sacral - across hips/pelvis; and

Root - lower back (hands are usually placed on legs for this one as clients lie on their back to receive a treatment).

Imbalances can be felt more strongly in certain Chakras depending on what is going on with someone's health, general well-being, mentality etc.

The purpose of Reiki is to bring each Chakra to its optimum energy level, so that it functions as it should, the body is in balance, and general health and well-being can be maintained. Sometimes, strong blockages or imbalances can be felt and moved quite quickly, for others it takes a few Reiki treatments over a period of time . The affects can be different for everybody, but the principle of balance across the Chakras is the same.

Reiki can also be used to 'charge' the energy of things other than the Chakras of the body, such as food or drink before it is consumed, bath water for an invigorating bathing ritual, and, of course, Crystals.

Just as with our bodies and minds, infusing other things with Reiki helps to keep their energies fresh and boosted. I Reiki charge all of my crystals and pendants before passing them along, to ensure the high vibrations.

To become a Reiki practitioner you must be 'attuned' to the Reiki energy during a ceremony lead by a Reiki Master. Of course other methods and practices of working with Universal energies exist, but Reiki is very specific in this sense. Reiki has a lineage from its founder, Mikao Usui, where each person who practices has been attuned by their master to be able to channel and work with this specific life force energy.

I was attuned to Reiki in 2010, and it has been a growing part of my life and spiritual journey ever since. I now run a practice from my home in Liverpool, UK. If you'd be interested to find out more or book a treatment, contact me at

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