REIKI: ENERGY HEALING OR HOCUS POCUS?
Posted by Stella Lang on 28 Jan 2020
It was a cold winter’s morning in January when I walked up to Bobbie’s house for my first ever Reiki experience. I was strangely excited about the idea of experiencing this Japanese healing practice.
Up until now I’ve only ever heard of Reiki in passing but wasn’t exactly sure what it was. Research tells me Reiki is a form of alternative therapy commonly referred to as energy healing. The word ‘Reiki’ loosely translates to ‘universal life energy’. The Oxford English dictionary defines Reiki as: “A healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing process of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.”
Originating in Japan in the early 20th century, Reiki can also be given and received equally effective hands-off or via distant healing. And, as Bobbie points out, “The Reiki energy cannot be channelled by the practitioner to a specific area within the body but rather finds its way to the issue(s) most urgently in need of repair.”
Reiki is most commonly used to ease pain, anxiety, fatigue, and depression. But, at the centre of Reiki is the belief that the body in its natural state can heal any pain or illness—in theory, the applications are endless.
However, Bobbie says that Reiki should be used as a complimentary therapy and that a medical professional, like a GP, should always be consulted for a diagnosis. It’s also common that an ailment you weren’t even aware of might surface during or after a treatment as the Reiki energy addresses the blockers first. I can confirm this as the truth—I had lower back ache before the treatment, but during the session, my knee received a lot of energy. More on that later.
Bobbie also treats expecting mothers, babies, children and animals addressing issues from anxiety to lack of sleep.
So back to my therapy session…Here I was, standing in front of Bobbie’s door, not exactly sure what to expect from my inaugural Reiki treatment. As soon as Bobbie opened the door I knew that whatever happens during the session, I would come out peaceful—Bobbie oozes calmness. Her warm, welcome smile makes me feel at home straight away. She showed me up to her home clinic—a room that whispers ‘tranquillity’ and I started to relax immediately forgetting the hundreds of to-do lists that filled my head just five minutes earlier.
Once I made myself comfortable (fully clothed) under the ultra-soft blanket on the treatment table, Bobbie entered the room and started the treatment session with soft, relaxing music playing in the background. She placed her hands gently at the bottom and side of my head and kept it there for a good few minutes. After a minute or so, I felt a strange tingling feeling in the middle of my head—right where I’d imagine my prefrontal cortex would be located. It was as if someone—or something—was applying a little pressure to that area from the inside of my head. I’ve never experienced this before, and I wasn’t sure what to make of it. But, as I promised to myself, I am fully immersing myself in this experience and forced myself to stop thinking about it and just relax.
I kept my eyes closed during the session thus have no idea what Bobbie was doing during the times she wasn’t actually placing her hands on my head, arms or legs. For all I know she was sitting in the corner just watching me but of course I knew she wasn’t doing that. Even during the times her hands weren’t gently placed on me, I experienced a presence. A warm tingling feeling ran through my arms, stomach and knees. Some people say their body shivers and others start to cry. My experience was not as profound as that but one thing is for sure, something happened…I have not experienced this level of calmness that descended on my body in a very long time. Probably not surprising as I have a four-and-a-half-year-old and thirteen-month old baby. Coupled with my recent return to work after a year’s maternity leave, running a household of four and juggling a building project; being relaxed has not made it on my list of things to-do…
But yet, here I was, completely relaxed… My body felt warm and a tingling feeling moved from my upper body down to my lower body, exactly in the direction Bobbie was providing the therapy. I expected to feel all the energy in my lower back due to recent back troubles, but the places where I felt it most was in my stomach and left knee. My tummy wasn’t such a surprise as I had surgery on it recently, but my knee was a real surprise as apart from clicking noises when I squad down, I have no other indication that my knees have any issues.
At the end of the session Bobbie says that the sensations I felt indicates that an energy blockage is being released. She was really pleased that I had the tingling feeling in my forehead. “That is your third eye,” she said. “Experiencing a sensation in your third eye means you are receiving the healing powers of Reiki”. If you know me well you will understand that I am a very practical and analytical person. Everything I believe must be backed up by facts, data and learnings. To hear about a ‘third eye’ did make my eyebrows raise…But, as they say, the proof is in the pudding. And for me, I could immediately feel a sense of balance. I felt more at peace whilst leaving Bobbie’s house. And, I felt lighter. It is almost as if all the things I carried in there worrying about magically disappeared. A strong sense of empowerment descended on me, and it felt fantastic!
It was over the next few days that I felt the true benefits from the Reiki session. Day by day my lower back pain reduced. Today is the eighth day since the treatment and I have to really think about the back pain.
When I told my husband about my experience that evening he was particularly skeptical about it all, especially the ‘third eye’. His response: “What have you gotten yourself into?” But, he was right. Even though it sounds as farfetched as the fairies in the woods, I knew Reiki did something to me that day. And, that ‘something’ felt good. It made me feel calm, relaxed, balanced and at peace. At peace with myself, and at peace with the world.
I know, Reiki is a bit like marmite, you either believe in it or you don’t. There’s not really any middle ground as the many online reviews confirms. For me that wasn’t particularly true as I did not have a strong opinion on Reiki before my experience. But what I do know is that it is certainly helping me on my journey of discovering a more balanced, grounded and relaxed version of myself.
“At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what anyone else says or thinks, if it works for you, why on earth would you not do it,” she says while contacting Bobbie to book a follow-up session…
Bobbie is a Reiki Master Practitioner and a member of the UK Reiki Federation. She is passionate about family well-being which includes pets. Bobbie was first introduced to Reiki in 2001 when her mum passed away. She found Reiki helped her to cope with the pain and anger after losing a parent. Bobbie regularly receives Reiki and qualified as Master Practitioner in 2018. To book a session with Bobbie, visit her website or contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org