Ever tried reiki? We tried it out for ourselves and here’s how we got on

It was a truly unique experience!

If you’ve ever wondered what Reiki healing is, then you’re not alone, because we didn’t have a notion either, so let’s delve into the meaning of this ancient practice and the benefits that come with it:

What is Reiki healing?

Originating from Japan, the term Reiki is Japanese for “mysterious atmosphere, miraculous sign”, and comes from the Japanese words “rei,” which means universal, and “ki,” which means life energy.

In essence, Reiki is a form of energy healing. According to many practitioners, energy can stagnate in the body where there has been either a physical injury or emotional pain, and over time, these energy blocks can cause illnesses.

This type of therapy can help people through repairing the energy fields surrounding their body. The practice has been around for thousands of years, but only in the last hundred years has it gained worldwide popularity. But how exactly does it work, you ask?

We met with local Reiki master Cian O’ Sullivan of Just Breathe Reiki to get a better insight into the practice and to try it out for ourselves.

What happens in a Reiki session?

Practitioners will typically give Reiki sessions in a peaceful, private setting. Cian practices from home but also has the option to practice in a studio in the city. The practice starts by exploring the clients background, mental state and to uncover any areas of emotional pain which may be causing energy blocks.

The client then lies on a comfortable table while the Reiki is performed. The Reiki master typically places their hands lightly on or over specific areas of the head, limbs and torso, keeping their hands here for anywhere between 3-10 minutes.

During this time, the energy transfer takes place. The Reiki master will typically report warm/tingling hands during this time and will stop once they sense the energy flow has stopped. Reiki masters often use crystals and chakra healing to enable healing, and often use techniques such as centering, clearing and beaming.

Reiki Master Cian O’Sullivan (Screenshot from a documentary by Eoin Shortiss)

How do you feel afterwards?

OK, so it might sound a bit farfetched, but we tried it and it actually worked! Immediately following the session, we felt extremely relaxed, happier and ‘lighter’. The practice has been known to aid deep relaxation, assists the body’s natural healing process and develops emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.

The practice has also been known to help with conditions such as anxiety, depression, chronic pain, infertility, and fatigue, to name but a few. Speaking about the practice, Cian mentions:

“I am essentially acting as almost a ‘post’ by connecting the universe to the client. I do this by harnessing the energy from the universe and transferring it into the client. I don’t necessarily know exactly how it works, but it works!”

Sound tempting? If you would like to try it out for yourself, contact Cian at just.breathe.reiki.cork@gmail.com, by phone at 087 6981 482 or via Instagram.

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