Mind Your Body

Mens sana in corporé sano 


The word Reiki originates from Japan and translates as Universal Energy. Reiki originates in the East and is linked with similar *healing arts used by Monks in the Tibetan Monasteries. This ancient healing art was developed by Dr Mikao Usui. Dr Usui gathered different aspects of healing from many sources and brought them together to form Reiki as it is taught and performed today.

Born in Japan on August 15th 1865 Mikao Usui was the son of a military commander. At the age of 4 he was sent to a monastery to study. He was considered a gifted child and studied arts such as Qi Gong to a high level and was also able to do projection healing. He meditated regularly at Kurama Yama. Mikao was also gifted academically and studied medicine, history, psychology, Shinsen Jutsu and the religions of the world including the Buddhist Bible. He travelled abroad to China, US and Europe where he was able to expand and develop his knowledge and beliefs. Mikao had various jobs such as a missionary, government officer and businessman and also married and had two children. Despite this Mikao felt that all his life experiences up to this point had been un-fulfilling, so he began a quest for “the meaning of life”.

From 1918 onwards Mikao trained as a Zen Buddhist. He worked at achieving Satori, a state of spiritual enlightenment. He believed he was not succeeding and following guidance from his Zen Master to “Die one time” he decided to fast until he died or became enlightened! Mikao was not unfamiliar with fasting as it is a common practice called “shyo gyo” a spiritual discipline including fasts and meditation for 21 days as part of a strict spiritual training. He climbed Mount Kurama where he had previously made regular trips to meditate and seek answers. On the last day of his fast Mikao is said to have felt a great “Reiki” over his head, he received Satori and acquired a healing ability which he called Reiki. At the same time he also discovered that the purpose of life was “Anshin Ritsumei” or “the state of your mind being totally in peace, knowing what to do in your life, bothered by nothing”. Mikao took this gift and worked on himself and his family supposedly healing his own ill wife. He then started to make Reiki freely available to all people. He practiced Reiki and gave workshops on the technique. Initially his work was done intuitively and over areas of imbalances (e.g. painful areas). As he taught others he developed a set of instructions in order for his students to learn and practice Reiki.

Mikao soon became quite famous and his success and reputation with Reiki became known all over Japan. Mikao Usui died of a stroke on March 9th 1926.

Reiki is non invasive, hands on or off treatment which can be used independently or in conjunction with any other treatment. The beauty of Reiki is that it has its own intelligence. It works in harmony with the individual who will only receive a treatment that is appropriate to their own particular physical or emotional needs. Reiki is a natural energy and flows freely through the physical body via pathways called meridians and energy centres called chakras. Reiki flows around us in our energy field or aura. This energy nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. When the flow of this energy is disrupted it causes diminished function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body. Reiki energy is responsive to physical and emotional influences. These influences can attach themselves to the energy field and cause a disruption in the free flow of energy. This could cause physical or emotional dis-ease.

It is not essential for the client to believe in Reiki for it to be effective. The treatment will take place to suit their particular needs.

During a treatment the client remains fully clothed and may be sitting or lying, whichever is most appropriate for the comfort of the client and practitioner. Treatments can be carried out almost anywhere as no specialist equipment is required. The practitioner will place their hands on or above the clients body in order to balance particular problem areas. A client may experience feelings of warmth during the treatment and some report visualisation of colour. A treatment will generally leave the client feeling relaxed and calm and will help start a programme of healthy detoxification. A full Reiki treatment can last for up to an hour.

 The Five Reiki Principles (taught to all Reiki students)


Kyo dake wa - Just today 
Okoru-na - Don’t get angry 
Shinpai suna - Don’t worry 
Kansha shite - Show appreciation (or, be grateful)
Goo hage me - Work hard 
Hito ni shinsetsu ni - Be kind to others 
Reiki Balance
The balance of physical, emotional and spiritual energy is important in order to maintain a sense of well being or “wholeness”. Generally (in the West) the way we live our lives can be fragmented with attention being paid only to one or other of our physical, emotional and spiritual parts. Often a part of us can be neglected for months or even years on end. When was the last time you paid attention to improving your physical health and fitness? When did you last even consider improving your spiritual health? Are you even aware of these different parts of you that are the make up of you as a whole person? 
Traditionally in the East this fragmented approach to body, mind and spirit does not exist. Everything done is for the benefit of the whole self.


 5 Simple ways to enhance our lives 


Proper exercise
Proper rest
Proper breathing
Proper diet
Positive thinking