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What is Reiki? We visited Heaven & Earth in Bedlington to find out

You may have heard of Reiki, but do you know what it can do for you? Dawn Wilson visited Heaven & Earth in Bedlington to find out more.

Developed in the early 20th Century, Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a safe and soothing Japanese complimentary therapy, but can seem mysterious to those experiencing it for the first time.

Having never had a Reiki treatment myself, I booked in for a session with Lindsey Foley, a Reiki Master Teacher at Heaven and Earth, just off the front street in Bedlington to find out more.

The Japanese word Reiki means universal energy. Eastern medicine systems work with this energy, which flows through all living things and is vital to well-being.

Reiki is best described as hands on healing, used as a well-being treatment, in which a Reiki practitioner aims to change and balance the energy fields in and around your body to help on a physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual level.

Before the treatment, Lindsey discussed with me what Reiki is and how it works and then invited me to lie down on the bed in the beautiful treatment room. You don’t have to get undressed for the treatment, I was fully clothed, covered with a blanket and with the lights dimmed. Soft music was played to create a sense of calm. Both warm and professional, Lindsey created a safe and serene environment making it easy to let go and relax into the treatment.

Lindsey began by putting her hands gently on my head. Within minutes, my restless mind was stilled. She then worked her way down towards my feet by placing her hands on non-intrusive parts of my body.

Everyone has a different sensation during the treatment, all depending upon what they need from the treatment. I felt incredibly tranquil and experienced a drifting sensation.

You might feel a tingling sensation, a deep relaxation, or warmth or coolness throughout your body. Or, you might not feel anything at all. Practitioners say this doesn’t mean the treatment isn’t working.

My treatment lasted for around an hour. I felt deeply relaxed afterwards and very calm, akin to a really good night’s sleep.

If you are open to the theory, it can be a deeply relaxing experience, and Lindsey explained that it can be particularly helpful with recovery from illness or stress and coping with difficult situations. If you feel you need to take some time out for yourself then you should give Reiki a try.

Reiki is completely safe and therefore suitable for pregnant women, children and those with an illness.

Reiki Treatment £35 per session (1 hour)

Heaven and Earth, 1 Vulcan Place, Bedlington, Northumberland, NE22 5DN

01670 457140 / 07884 451877