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What is reiki?

Reiki is a non-invasive, soothing and nurturing healing treatment from Japan. Both powerful and gentle, it relieves stress and encourages relaxation, helping to restore the vital energy we lose in daily life.

The reiki practitioner gently places his or her hands in a sequence of positions covering your whole body. The therapy is simple but highly beneficial, and you can learn to practise it on yourself or on members of your family.

The Reiki Association says: ‘As running water smoothes the jagged edges of a rock until it is small enough to roll away, reiki flows to the areas of need, soothing pain and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Reiki restores balance in one’s life.’

What to expect

First we’ll ask you about yourself and what is troubling you. And we’ll explain what will happen during your session.

It could not be more simple. You lie fully clothed on the treatment couch. Your reiki practitioner places his or her hands in a subtle pattern of positions on your head and the front and back of your torso. Rest assured that the placement of the hands will never be intrusive. Throughout your session your reiki practitioner will be stimulating the flow of energy through your body and directing it to the parts that are most in need of it.

At the end of your session you should feel refreshed and relaxed. Some people feel immediate benefits, and with others the effects are felt progressively more deeply as they continue their treatment.

Who and what we treat

We use reiki to dispel tension and stress in patients. It may also be effective in relieving pain. If you lack self-confidence, or if your creativity is blocked, reiki could well be of benefit to you.

At Marlborough House we offer a one-day course for small groups wishing to learn reiki as a self-healing tool.

To learn more about our Reiki Therapists, please click below:

Honor Ballantyne

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If you would like to read some research articles about how Reiki may help with certain conditions, please click the relevant link below;

Chronic pain
Multiple Sclerosis