+ WHAT IS REIKI?

Reiki is a vibrational healing practice that returns us to balanced functioning on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Reiki can be helpful to people who are addressing a wide range of health conditions such as headaches, insomnia, back pain, cancer, heart disease, chronic pain, depression and anxiety. It may even be used to help recovery of injuries and surgery. Reiki safely combines with and supports any medical intervention including surgery, medications, radiation or chemotherapy and physical therapy. It can also be extremely calming and peaceful for end of life care.

Reiki practice doesn’t address the symptom or the condition directly in the way conventional medicine does rather it balances the person's whole system and brings the person back to a greater sense of balance and ease within herself/himself and with that there is symptomatic relief.

Research-documented benefits:

• reduced anxiety

• reduced pain

• enhanced well-being

Commonly reported benefits:

• improved digestion

• improved sleep

• improved focus and memory

Hospitals offering Reiki Treatment:

• Mt. Sinai Hospital’s Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre, Toronto

• Princess Margaret Hospital (University Health Network), Toronto

• Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Centre, Boston, MA

• New York Presbyterian Hospital, NY

• Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut

+ HOW DOES REIKI HEAL?

The word Reiki is composed of two Japanese words - Rei and Ki. When translating Japanese into English we must keep in mind that an exact translation is difficult. The Japanese language has many levels of meaning. Therefore the context the word is being used in must be kept in mind when attempting to communicate its essence. Because these words are used in a spiritual healing context, a Japanese/English dictionary does not provide the depth of meaning we seek, as its definitions are based on common everyday Japanese. As an example, Rei is often defined as ghost and Ki as vapor and while these words vaguely point in the direction of meaning we seek, they fall far short of the understanding that is needed.

When seeking a definition from a more spiritual context, we find that Rei can be defined as the Higher Intelligence that guides the creation and functioning of the universe. Rei is a subtle wisdom that permeates everything, both animate and inanimate. This subtle wisdom guides the evolution of all creation ranging from the unfolding of galaxies to the development of life. On a human level, it is available to help us in times of need and to act as a source of guidance in our lives. Because of its infinite nature, it is all knowing. Rei is also called God and has many other names depending on the culture that has named it.

Ki is the non-physical energy that animates all living things. Ki is flowing in everything that is alive including plants, animals and humans. When a person's Ki is high, they will feel strong, confident, and ready to enjoy life and take on it's challenges. When it is low, they will feel weak and are more likely to get sick. We receive Ki from the air we breath, from food, sunshine, and from sleep. It is also possible to increase our Ki by using breathing exercises and meditation. When a person dies, their Ki leaves the physical body. Ki is also the Chi of China, the prana of India, the Ti or Ki of the Hawaiians, and has also been called odic force, orgone, bioplasma and life force.

With the above information in mind, Reiki can be defined as a non-physical healing energy made up of life force energy that is guided by the Higher Intelligence, or spiritually guided life force energy. This is a functional definition as it closely parallels the experience of those who practice Reiki in that Reiki energy seems to have an intelligence of its own flowing where it is needed in the client and creating the healing conditions necessary for the individuals needs. It cannot be guided by the mind, therefore it is not limited by the experience or ability of the practitioner. Nether can it be misused as it always creates a healing effect. ( It must be kept in mind that Reiki is not the same as simple life force energy as life force energy by itself can be influenced by the mind and because of this, can create benefit as well as cause problems including ill health.)

The source or cause of health comes from the Ki that flows through and around the individual rather than from the functional condition of the physical organs and tissues. It is Ki that animates the physical organs and tissues as it flows through them and therefore is responsible for creating a healthy condition. If the flow of Ki is disrupted, the physical organs and tissues will be adversely affected. Therefore, it is a disruption in the flow of Ki that is the main cause of illness.

An important attribute of Ki is that it responds to ones thoughts and feelings. Ki will flow more strongly or be weakened in its action depending on the quality of ones thoughts and feelings. It is our negative thoughts and feelings that are the main cause of restriction in the flow of Ki. All negative or dis-harmonious thoughts or feelings will cause a disruption in the flow of Ki. Even Western medicine recognizes the role played by the mind in creating illness and some Western doctors state that as much as 98% of illness is caused directly or indirectly by the mind.

It must be understood that the mind exists not only in the brain, but also through-out the body. The nervous system extends to every organ and tissue in the body and so the mind exists here also. It is also known that the mind even extends outside the body in a subtle energy field 2 to 3 feet thick called the aura. Because of this, it is more appropriate to call our mind a mind/body as the mind and body are so closely linked.

Therefore, our negative thoughts are not just in the brain, but also collect in various locations through-out the body and in the aura. The places where negative thoughts and feelings collect is where Ki is restricted in its flow. The physical organs that exist at these locations are restricted in their functioning. If the negative thoughts and feelings are not eliminated quickly, illness results.

The negative thoughts and feelings that are lodged in the unconscious mind/body are the greatest problem as we are not aware of them and therefore, are we are greatly hampered in changing or eliminating them.

The great value of Reiki is that because it is guided by the Higher Intelligence, it knows exactly where to go and how to respond to restrictions in the flow of Ki. It can work directly in the unconscious parts of the mind/body which contain negative Ki-inhibiting thoughts and feelings and eliminate them. As Reiki flows through a sick or unhealthy area, it breaks up and washes away any negative thoughts or feelings lodged in the unconscious mind/body thus allowing a normal healthy flow of Ki to resume. As this happens, the unhealthy physical organs and tissues become properly nourished with Ki and begin functioning in a balanced healthy way thus replacing illness with health.

This non-invasive, completely benign healing technique is becoming more and more popular. As western medicine continues to explore alternative methods of healing, Reiki is destined to play an important role as an accepted and valued healing practice.

+ WHAT CAN BE TREATED WITH REIKI?

Reiki is both powerful and gentle. In its long history of use it has aided in healing virtually every known illness and injury including serious problems like: multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and cancer as well as skin problems, cuts, bruises, broken bones, headache, colds, flu, sore throat, sunburn, fatigue, insomnia, impotence, heartbreak, grieving during loss, poor memory, lack of confidence, etc. It is always beneficial and works to improve the effectiveness of all other types of therapy.

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance and has many benefits for both client and practitioner, including altered states of consciousness and spiritual experiences. If a client has a health condition, and wants to be treated with Reiki, it is recommended that they do so under the supervision of an enlightened medical doctor or other health care professional. Reiki will improve the results of all medical treatment, acting to reduce negative side effects, shorten healing time, reduce or eliminate pain, reduce stress, and help create optimism.

+ WHAT HAPPENS DURING A REIKI TREATMENT?

The client, fully clothed, lies on a treatment table. The practitioner’s hands remain in a stationary position gently, on or slightly above the body through several positions from head to toe. There is no manipulation of skin. Reiki is not massage.

A Reiki treatment generates a sense of comfort, calm and peace. Some recipients feel a warm tingling sensation where hands are placed. Others feel soft waves of subtle pulsations flowing through their bodies, and others feel nothing in particular except they are very relaxed and in touch with themselves.

+ HOW MANY SESSIONS DO I NEED?

Based on feedback from our clients, people usually report feeling better from the first session, but more may be needed to strengthen and stabilize results. If one is dealing with a health concern it is generally recommended to have four treatments close together, as each treatment builds on the last.

+ WHAT DO I WEAR TO A REIKI SESSION?

It is recommended to wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing during your Reiki session. It is also best to remove all metal and electronics from your body and clothing pockets during the service. You will be provided with an optional soft silken eye pillow to filter out any bright light from the treatment room.

+ HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER A REIKI TREATMENT?

After any energetic healing you will go through a period of integration and adjustment as you process the shifts and changes that have been activated within you. It is not uncommon to experience physical, emotional or mental changes.

It is normal to experience one, all (or none!) of the below:

Recognition of a change in energetic state. You may feel calmer, more relaxed, free, light, at ease, relief, expansive, more present, more embodied, grounded within body and life.

Senses can be heightened you may feel, see, hear and taste things with more vibrancy & intensity.

Your energy levels may fluctuate in an extreme way, exhaustion or feeling “high”. You may feel called to rest more or spend more time outside in nature.

You may feel more emotional as you clear out old repressed emotion. Sadness, grief, anger can surface and/or burst of bliss & joy. You may be extra teary or be giggly & laugh a lot.

Take note of your dreams. Your subconscious mind will go through an adjustment and your dreams hold the key for that expansion.

You may experience physical releasing symptoms such as a need to go to the toilet more frequently with increased urine or bowel movements. You might feel experience some pain, headache or cold-like symptoms. These physical detox symptoms usually pass quickly.

You may notice itchiness or tingles through the body or have waves of hot or cold energy flow through you. Usually any of these symptoms last between 1 – 2 days and will ease. Obviously if you are concerned with anything you notice after a session, please get in contact with us.

Reiki will always bring CLARITY and TRUTH.

To get the most out of your session be very present within yourself and pay attention to the subtle shifts that will occur after. If you get waves of inspiration and creativity, follow that. Your inner compass will be heightened and helping you to make the changes you need to come into balance and alignment. If you get the urge to do things different, have conversations you feel called to or change things up – go for it!!

+ WHAT SHOULD I DO TO INTEGRATE MY SESSION?

Drink plenty of water on the day and days following your session. Nourish yourself with foods that feel good to you.

Give yourself some time and space to reflect on what you experienced. Don’t be in such a rush to get back to the usual structure of your day to day life and allow the session to integrate.

You might like to go for a gentle walk outside in nature, meditate, have a soothing bath or shower and/or do some journal writing to reflect on what you experienced.

Often during or after a healing you will receive insights and clarity as to what you can focus on moving forward. The healer may have offered you some insights or suggestions of specific things you can change, add or remove from your life to support you. If this is the case really commit to exploring and honoring what suggestions feel good for you.

+ HOW DO I HOST MY OWN V(EYE)BES EVENT?

Interested in hosting a corporate event, retreat, bachelor/bachelorette party, birthday party, or women's circle with V(EYE)BES? We can customize a bespoke wellness program based on your needs in mind-body awareness that will get everyone feeling their best.

Would you like to offer it as an inexpensive weekly or monthly perk to benefit your employees’ well-being? This revolutionary form of healing created specifically for the special needs of the workplace is highly desired and drastically improves wellness rates, lowers the amount of sick days, increases creativity, and reduces stress. Transmitted through hands held lightly on the body, it’s a noninvasive technique that requires no prior belief, is not associated with any religion, and is amazingly low-maintenance! All you need is 20 to 60 minutes out of the day per employee, and a quiet, private space, if possible.

For more information or to learn how to schedule a group workplace V(EYE)BES session, please visit the Corporate Wellness page, and for any other groups please send us a message. We look forward to hosting you.