As a form of alternative healing, Reiki certainly skews more toward the spiritual end of the spectrum. But more and more scientific studies are finding that while this unique form of energy healing may not perform miracles, it has the ability to bring your mind to a place of total relaxation, restore the body back to balance and, as a result, reach a more optimum state of health and wellbeing.
In Reiki master Bruce Taylor's own words, "a body in rest is a body in health". Bruce, who is based in Hong Kong, began studying Reiki and the healing arts in 2006. He is a Reiki Grandmaster in Usui Reiki, and a Reiki Master in both the Tibetan and Kundalini traditions.
As a practice that doesn't require physical touch between the master and the client, virtual Reiki sessions have increased in popularity during the global Coronavirus pandemic. But how exactly does Reiki work to help us de-stress and re-align? We spoke to Bruce to find out.
How would you explain Reiki to someone who's never experienced it?
Reiki is a holistic healing modality that originated in Kyoto, Japan in 1922. The client can expect to quickly reach a deep state of relaxation in which tension, stress and inflammation begin to drop. This allows Chi (vital life energy) to more easily circulate through the body, via activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, and for the body to then more efficiently prioritise healing on all levels - physical, emotional, spiritual, energetic.
What can people expect to feel or experience during a session?
The effects of Reiki are often immediately felt and my clients often describe the session as deeply relaxing and restoring, as if they just slept a deep night’s sleep, with the healing continuing for days post-session.