Founder's Blog: Reiki for Self-Care

Reiki is an ancient Japanese energy healing method that works on both the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. It is a combination of two Japanese words; 'Rei' and 'Ki', which has been translated into 'Universal Life Force Energy'.

Reiki encourages the body to start a process of self-healing. It 'feels' different for everybody, though, the majority of people will enjoy the benefits directly afterwards, as they feel relaxed & refreshed.

For me personally, I know that Reiki can help de-stress, relieve anxiety & pain, plus help you re-connect and re-focus on the things that are important to you in a loving and compassionate way. Reiki can help with physical pains, emotional distress, mental blocks and spiritual uneasiness. It can give you a time out and a space to breathe.

Before I decided to become a Reiki practitioner, I had received several Reiki treatments throughout my life. I have always felt it very deeply and felt drawn to it but, for many years, it never occurred to me that I could do it myself.

Then I had a year of massive change - on all levels - and it kick-started this re-discovery journey for me. I was invited to put myself first and make some changes in my life, and I did. I did a lot of ‘good’ things - I started going to the gym, I started eating healthier and lost some weight. I had been in therapy for years and I continued with this along with receiving weekly massage treatments, which helped my body relax. I did well at work, saw my friends and laughed a lot, so I did all the ‘good’ things. Though still, I felt tense, tight and I just couldn’t fully relax.

One Saturday afternoon, I felt very strongly that I needed help on a much ‘deeper’ level and it hit me that what I needed was Reiki! I booked a session for the following weekend and, looking back, that decision started a new cycle in my journey. I actually cried during the session because I couldn’t remember the last time I had felt as relaxed - body, mind and spirit. I was floating on clouds afterwards, and yet, felt completely grounded.

I had a really busy and hectic week afterwards, but it was also the best week I had had in a long time. Yes, I felt the tension and stress, but it was like it didn’t ‘stick’ to me - I just noticed it, smiled and literally, shook it off! Needless to say, I went back for another Reiki ‘top-up’ a month later and the practitioner mentioned that maybe it would be a good idea to do Reiki Level 1, so I could treat myself. I honestly don’t know why I hadn’t thought about that before!

So I booked myself in on a Reiki Level 1 course and it was just a beautiful weekend. I left feeling refreshed, ‘softer’, happier and more ‘me’ than I had felt for years. I started giving myself daily Reiki treatments - a lot of people are curious about this but doesn’t everything we do start with ourselves? If we can’t treat ourselves with love, kindness and compassion, how can we truly treat others?

I treated myself and also started treating friends and family. The beauty of Reiki is that when I give a treatment, I also receive. During one session, I got quite emotional, as I realised - with relief - that at that particular moment I didn’t have to do anything else. I didn’t have to think about anything else, I didn’t have to be anywhere else. I just had to be present, and give & receive Reiki.

Reiki helps me be more present, more focused, more joyful, more alive - more me. I ended up doing Reiki Level 2 as well and worked as a Reiki practitioner for some time. I really enjoyed it but, for various reasons, decided to wrap it up and go back to focusing the Reiki mostly on myself. I still treat friends and family once in a while, and I always end my own sessions by sending Reiki to all beings in the Universe.

As much as I love Reiki, it doesn’t mean that Life is now ‘perfect’ and always goes the way I want it to. It doesn’t mean that I never get angry, upset, sad etc but it does mean that I feel I have a better way of coping with it and managing it. I have a stronger sense of who I am, and who I want to be.

This is one of the things I love about Reiki, it isn’t about achieving ‘perfection’, it’s not even about ‘achieving’! It’s much more about sensing, being, living. Therefore, Reiki has become a very important part of my self-care routine.

There are 5 Reiki Principles:

Just for today,

Do not anger,

Do not worry,

Be grateful,

Be true to your way and to your true self,

Show compassion to yourself and others.

There are different variations of this, but the sentiment is the same.

What I love about the principles is the ‘Just for today’ - as it reminds us to be present and to be focused on the here and now. It also acknowledges that we are human and sometimes we ‘slip up’ and we do get angry and worry etc but that’s ok - just like with mindfulness, when we catch our minds and focus wandering, we come back to ourselves and ‘Just for today…’.

So again, working with the principles and with Reiki isn't about achieving a specific end result, but more about the journey. If we, on a daily basis, strive to be the best that we can be, the kindest, the most compassionate, the truest versions of ourselves - then we can more easily be in the world. There will always be ups and downs in Life, but Reiki can help us ride the storms more elegantly and in a less destructive way. The 5 Principles can be reminders of how we would like to be and how we would like to act. They are all important because when we do get angry or do worry, we very often judge ourselves for it! It’s important then to bring in number 5… compassion. 

As much as Reiki can heal different aspects of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels - for me, it is also very much about reminding ourselves about who we are. Being true to our way and to our true selves. I believe that, deep down, we are all pure ‘clean’ energy - compassionate, loving, at peace. However, our egos make us build walls around ourselves, around this pure beautiful core. We create habits for ourselves to ‘protect’ ourselves from others. We are often too afraid to be ourselves and show our true colours. While doing this, we push aside our own Inner Wisdom, we ignore our gut instincts around situations, we fear being seen as vulnerable - as ‘weak’. 

The thing is though, being vulnerable is not weak. It’s just being open. Reiki can help us to be more ok with being vulnerable, with being ourselves, with speaking up for ourselves and with being ‘good enough’ just the way we are. It can heal, transform, create and reassure.

Reiki has helped me in my Life in a way that I didn’t expect at all, and I am very grateful for that.