Reiki

ShamanReiki is a Japanese energy healing system that addresses the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels and expands the body's ability to heal itself. It is based on the principle that the universal life force energy surrounds and flows through all beings and this is what causes everything to be alive. If our life force energy is low, we are more likely to get sick or feel stressed, and if it is high, we are happier and healthier.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "divine wisdom" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "divine energy." Reiki is a simple, natural, and safe method of healing and wellbeing. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and always creates a beneficial effect. Reiki energy has several basic effects: it strengthens the immune system, promotes healing, brings about deep relaxation, removes energy blockages, detoxifies the system, provides new vitality, and increases the vibrational frequency of the body. It works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma and there is nothing you must believe in. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Though not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended to practice simple ethical ideals that promote peace and harmony, which are universal across all cultures.

What is a Reiki session like?

The Reiki energy is channeled through the practitioner into the recipient. This is practiced through light touch on different parts of the body or in the aura a few centimetres above the body with no touch at all. Although there are a few positions in which the practitioner is in contact with the body (such as cradling the head), treatments do not need to involve actual touching, if that is not desired. It is important to know that it is the recipient who draws the energy as needed; you take responsibility for your own healing.

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind, and spirit, creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.

You will be asked to lie down on a massage table fully clothed except for your shoes. You may be asked to remove or loosen your belt so that your breathing is not restricted in any way. It is best to wear loose-fitting garments made of natural fabrics, if possible. You may also be asked to remove any jewelry, so consider leaving these at home.

Fees

50-minute Reiki session $60

Availability

Sessions are offered Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at Ulrike's home in Hope, BC. Some weekends on request. Mobile services in your home or care facility are available at a small surcharge.

On Mondays and Wednesdays you can find her at the Healing Springs Spa in Harrison Hot Springs.

 

The Benefits of Reiki for Seniors

Many seniors struggle with age-related discomforts that can significantly reduce the quality of life. Arthritis brings pain and stiffness to joints, injuries and surgeries can be slow to heal, and everyday life as a senior can be incredibly stressful. Fortunately, Reiki may help alleviate many of these discomforts associated with senior life. Millions of people of all ages have enjoyed the benefits of Reiki, finding relief from pain, anxiety, indigestion, and insomnia. Sadly, many seniors have missed out on the therapeutic benefits of Reiki. Some have not heard of the approach while others shy away because they do not fully understand or appreciate the complementary healing potential of this gentle approach.

The growing numbers of seniors who have tried Reiki respond quickly to it – most seniors become enthusiastic about the treatment after only one session. Reiki helps chemotherapy patients relax, for example, or feel more comfortable after a surgical procedure. The healing power of touch brings the warmth of Reiki energy into stiff shoulders or sore feet, even for seniors who are normally sensitive to touch. Some seniors say they feel the benefits of Reiki immediately after a session while others say it takes a few days for the therapeutic effects to appear. A handful of seniors say they feel no benefit, but their family members and caretakers can notice improvements in the individual’s physical appearance or mood. Depending on the individual’s mindset and physical condition, seniors may benefit from short Reiki sessions at first then move into full 60-minute sessions as their body learns how to open itself and accept treatment.

Reiki helps to bring peace and calm to an advanced senior’s or elder’s world, often filled with pain, disability, foggy memory, never-ending doctor appointments, and other problems that make even the smallest activity of daily living seem like a monumental challenge. These challenges have a profoundly disruptive effect on the flow of the older adult’s life force energy and, if left unaddressed, can even exacerbate illness and dysfunction. Reiki helps reestablish proper energy flow to improve health and wellbeing of older adults.

Fortunately, it is not an “either or” relationship between Reiki and medical treatments – Reiki works in harmony with other treatments for age-related conditions. Reiki is a complementary therapy that enhances the therapeutic properties of medicines and medical techniques while optimizing the natural healing process that has slowed for many adults. In some cases, Reiki can even act as a catalyst for healing when the therapeutic benefits of standard medical approaches seem to come to a standstill. Many medical professionals acknowledge the healing powers of Reiki. In fact, more than 800 hospitals in the USA now offer Reiki training as a means to accelerate the healing process and alleviate pain because these medical professionals now recognize the benefits of Reiki for seniors.

**This information has been adapted from an article in The Reiki Times, the official magazine of the International Association of Reiki Professionals.