What the heck is Reiki?
Reiki is considered a spiritual and healing art. It stems from the early 1900s, when a Japanese monk called Mikao Usui, through study, research and his own experiences, developed the Reiki healing method. He devoted the rest of his life to the practise and teaching of this healing method until he passed away in 1926.
Reiki Australia describes Reiki as being “a non-invasive, gentle hands-on, yet powerful method of healing”. It is sometimes referred to as “universal life energy or spiritual energy”. Reiki is not massage or manipulation of the body. You are always fully clothed during a Reiki session, with the Reiki practitioner placing their hands sequentially over your head and areas of your body. This is the most common approach.
Rather than go into any further detail here, you may wish to learn more (or find a Reiki practitioner near you) by clicking on the link to the Reiki Australia website.
So what does this have to do with men’s health? It is often said that we need to take care of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, and I also believe this. The spiritual aspect of our being can mean different things to different people. It may mean spending time in the bush, on the beach, belonging to a religious group, walking, running or meditating to still your mind and find the spirit within (I call it, getting into the zone of peace and calm). The more you do it, the more of that centred, focused feeling you bring into your everyday life.
My involvement with Reiki began back in 1985, with my initial Reiki instruction with Beth Gray, from the USA. In the mid 1990s, I did my Reiki teacher training with Ginny Bydder in Albury-Wodonga. My wife and I use Reiki regularly on each other (especially when one of us is feeling a bit stressed or irritable) – it works wonders.
What will you be likely to experience in a Reiki session?
You may experience warmth, tingling, coolness, even some muscle twitching (which, in my view, is the body letting go of physical tension or stress). Some people go to sleep or experience a sort of meditative state of stillness and deep relaxation. You may feel a general sense of relief and calmness. Each session will be different and each person will have a different experience each time. Generally speaking, whatever you experience is what the body needs at the time of the session.
There are different Reiki teachings, no one is better than another, but it is always a good idea to enquire about the practitioner’s background and experience in Reiki. It really comes down to whether or not you feel comfortable with the practitioner and their approach.
Feel free to contact me if you would like to know more, have a Reiki session, or if you would like to learn Reiki for yourself. If you learn Reiki, you will then be able to give Reiki to your family and friends.
For some interesting and useful websites regarding Reiki, check out my Resources page.