Shiatsu & Reiki

Rei means universal and ki means vital force energy. Together Reiki means universal life force energy. Our bodies need this energy for maintaining itself or for healing injuries or illness. When there is a blockage of this energy our bodies become ill. As a Reiki practitioner I “channel” this Ki energy to others. Like Reiki, Shiatsu is based on universal energy circulating throughout the body through energy channels called meridians. These meridians connect the 12 organs with other physiological and emotional aspects of the body.

Reiki and Shiatsu work to fill energy gaps and removes blocks to prevent future illness. Shiatsu and acupressure on specific points along the meridians also works to balance hormones which affects all of mind, body and spirit, especially your emotions.  Reiki can easily be combined with shiatsu, acupressure, or massage, or used on its own. It is especially useful for emotional balancing and for work on injured areas where massage or shiatsu would be contraindicated.

What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is Japanese for "finger pressure"; it is a type of alternative medicine consisting of finger and palm pressure, stretches, and other bodywork techniques. There is no scientific evidence for any medical efficacy of shiatsu, but some shiatsu practitioners promote it as a way to help people relax and cope with issues such as stress, muscle pain, nausea, anxiety, and depression. 

Shiatsu can aid a wide range of physical and emotional conditions; from specific physical injuries to emotional difficulties. Based on the same system as Acupuncture, Shiatsu uses touch, acupressure, massage and gentle manipulation techniques to help speed up the body’s natural healing process. These techniques can help release tension, adjust your body’s physical structure, help ward off illness, promote sleep and maintain well-being.

Treatments are tailored to your needs. Shiatsu is performed through clothing, please wear loose, warm clothing and comfortable trouser.

What is Reiki?
Reiki (霊気), English pronunciation: /ˈreɪkiː/) is a spiritual practice developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui, which since has been adapted by various teachers of varying traditions. It uses a technique commonly called palm healing or hands on healing as a form of complementary therapy and is sometimes classified as oriental medicine by some professional medical bodies. Through the use of this technique, practitioners believe that they are transferring universal energy (i.e., reiki) in the form of ki through the palms, which allows for self-healing and a state of equilibrium. 

There are two main branches of Reiki, commonly referred to as Traditional Japanese Reiki and Western Reiki. Though differences can be wide and varied between both branches and traditions, the primary difference is that Westernized forms use systematized hand-placements rather than relying on an intuitive sense of hand-positions (see below), which is commonly used by Japanese Reiki branches. Both branches commonly have a three-tiered hierarchy of degrees, usually referred to as the First, Second, and Master/Teacher level, all of which are associated with different skills and techniques.

The concept of ki underlying Reiki is speculative and there is no scientific evidence that it exists; a 2008 systematic review of randomized clinical trials concluded that "the evidence is insufficient to suggest that reiki is an effective treatment for any condition. Therefore the value of reiki remains unproven." The American Cancer Society[5] and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine have also found that there is no clinical or scientific evidence supporting claims that Reiki is effective in the treatment of any illness.