Country Childs Laura experiences the gentle remedy of Reiki to see if it could be beneficial to our children…
Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to talk to Amanda Apps a Jikiden Reiki Shihan Teacher/Practitioner to experience a Jikiden Reiki treatment first hand. I wanted to find out just how beneficial Reiki can be as a tool that parents can use at home to soothe and heal common childhood ailments in a non-invasive way.
Many people have never even heard of Reiki. I was one of those, so I had to own up to Amanda that I knew little to nothing on the subject and didn’t know what to expect. I was open-minded and curious but very much undecided on it as a treatment. Could merely laying hands on a problem area of the body actually soothe it? No way! Surely this cannot work? I was excited to see whether or not I would feel anything.
Amanda explained the theory behind the treatment, “Like acupuncture, Reiki is all about getting energy to run and flow correctly through the body. If energy is flowing, then the body can heal itself. Jikiden Reiki means ‘directly taught’ and originates from Japan. It allows us to feel the parts of the body where energy isn’t flowing or is perhaps blocked. Jikiden Reiki will never do you any harm and can help restore physical and emotional well-being.”
Jikiden Reiki was first taught in the UK in 2004 by Tadao Yamaguchi, the founder and head of the Jikiden Reiki Institute. It is Reiki in its original, unadulterated form and differs from the more commonly known ‘western’ Reiki in some important ways. Jikiden Reiki works by feeling the levels of byosen or toxins in the body with your hands to highlight problem areas. The treatment also finishes with a Ketsueki-kekko-ho massage. Amanda started her career by studying anatomy and massage, moving onto aromatherapy and advanced reflexology before hearing about Reiki. Initially she believed that Reiki could be too ‘alternative’ on its own but thought it would compliment the other therapies she offered. Although happy to use the other therapies, Amanda’s belief in the benefits of the treatment means she now focuses almost solely on Reiki.
Amanda continued, “The ethos and objectives behind Jikiden Reiki and the Jikiden Reiki Institute enables people to use Reiki as an effective complement to conventional medical care. If Jikiden Reiki is used for some simple home medical needs – even breaking the dependence on everyday, conventional drugs like paracetamol – then people will become healthier as their bodies start to remember how to heal themselves. There’s also a knock-on effect in reducing the amount of medical and packaging waste, helping to avoid drug resistance and in the future it may even relieve the pressure on doctors and potentially the NHS.” Amanda was very quick to tell me that she does not advise people to use Reiki as a replacement for western medicine, but it can complement more mainstream medication when dealing with larger and more complex health issues. It can reduce side effects, help with digestion and encourage sleep and relaxation.
I asked Amanda about how Reiki can be useful when treating children. Reiki uses the hands to heal an affected area so it can be used by parents when performing the most comforting and natural of all acts – a cuddle. As we are all aware, small children feeling poorly are not happy little creatures. This non-invasive method can help children to sleep, treat common ailments – be it ears, head or stomach – or do something as basic as if soothing them while you try to get a Doctor’s appointment. Amanda says she likes to focus on seminars to teach others how to do Reiki themselves so they can use it on their family from the comfort of their own homes. The courses are a gentle introduction to the techniques and history with no test or exam and plenty of time to practice. Amanda also holds regular top-up workshops for all her students to come and practice Reiki as a group.
After experiencing Reiki myself, there is no doubt in my mind that it works, and I would put it up there in my top five treatments. Initially I felt intense heat as she placed her hands on my head and then some tingling around my body and within moments I felt incredibly relaxed. I literally floated through the treatment. The treatment was nothing like I imagined and I finished feeling very relaxed and tension free. I don’t know how she does it but Amanda and her Reiki work wonders. She has certainly made a convert of me!
If you would like to find out more about Reiki, Amanda is running some seminars this spring. Don’t hesitate to give her a call if you have any questions. She made me feel totally comfortable and at home.
Jikiden Reiki Shoden Course: (2 days) includes manual, registration card, 3 x Reiju (atunements), English and Japanese Certificate (based on that originally issued by the founder), light lunch and refreshments: £195.00. Dates currently with spaces are:
Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th February from 10am-4.30pm
Thursday 14th and Friday 15th April from 10am-4.30pm
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April from 10am-4.30pm
Jikiden Reiki Okuden Course: (1 day) includes manual, registration card, 2 x Reiju (atunements), English and Japanese Certificate, light lunch and refreshments: £230.00. Dates currently with spaces are:
Friday 26th February from 10am to 5.30pm
Monday 14th March from 10am to 5.30pm