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What to look for when searching for Reiki healing in Leeds?

When searching on Google for Reiki Healing, Reiki Healing Leeds, Energy Healing, Mindfulness, Meditation or any complementary therapy how do you know what to look out for?

There are a couple of things to bare in mind when you're looking to work with a Reiki Therapist, Energy Healer, Mindfulness Teacher or any complementary therapist.

Firstly, do they seem like a good fit for what you need support for? Does their story resonate with you? Do you feel comfortable when you talk to them, do they seem kind and caring?

It's okay for you to speak to a few different people, before making the choice of who you want to work with. If you don't know much about Reiki, Energy Healing or Mindfulness here are a few questions you could ask, to gain some more insight into what Reiki healing or Energy Medicine is all about:

  1. What does a Reiki Practitioner/Energy Healer Do?

  2. What happens during a Reiki healing/Energy Healing session?

  3. What are the benefits of Reiki Therapy/ Energy Healing?

  4. What training do you have?

  5. How long did it take you to train?

  6. Do you have professional practitioner qualifications?

7. Are you a member of any governing bodies or professional organisations?

8. Do you have professional insurance?

A Reiki therapist or as I prefer to call it; Reiki Practitioner should be able to give you an overview of what they do and it should sound like something along the lines of;

Reiki as defined by the Oxford English dictionary is:

“A healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being”.

I like to say; "Reiki is a meditative practice that promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety using gentle touch and loving kindness. It helps to rebalance and calm your body, allowing for healing on a physical, mental and emotional level".

The Reiki Practitioner or Energy Healer should be able to explain what happens during a Reiki healing session; you lie on a bed fully clothed, sometimes in a blanket if that feels safe for you, they will place their hands in certain positions on the body, ensuring they are professional and respectful, they will not touch you anywhere intimate and should show you the hand positions before your first treatment so you know what to expect.

They should also explain possible things that can happen and make you feel relaxed before your Reiki healing session, if at any point you don't feel comfortable, you have the right to walk away.

The main aim of Reiki is relaxation and that is the number one thing a Reiki Therapist/Practitioner should focus on.

Reiki is based on the flow of energy and as a Reiki Practitioner we don't control where the Reiki flows to, Reiki flows through us and goes to where it is needed.

We may still set an intention to support with other issues, and anadotley, and from my own personal experience I can say it helped with;

  • Sleep,

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Self confidence

  • Processing emotions

  • Grief

  • Empowerment during treatment

  • Relaxation

The idea is that during a Reiki Healing session, you relax so much that your body can stop focusing on your stress response functions and focus on other areas of the body.

However, there are no guarantees, as the support you may need most, could be emotional. A Reiki Therapist/Practitioner or Energy Healer can't claim to be able to heal an exact illness. Anyone who states they can heal you from an illness, for example 'Cancer' unreliable and breaking the UK Reiki Federation Code of Practice.

Most Reiki Practitioners are drawn to this work because they want to help and support others. The minimum level of training a Reiki Practitioner needs to work with others is Level 2 Reiki, this should be an in person course (not online) and there should be a minimum of 6 months between Reiki Level 1 and Reiki Level 2 training.

They can then advance their training to Reiki Master Practitioner and finally Reiki Master Teacher at which point they can, teach others how to give Reiki.

Another option, to to also complete the Level 3 Professional Practitioner Training, this is because many practitioners like myself, would like Reiki to be considered as a mainstream complementary therapy, available on the NHS to anyone who would want it. It's the gold standard of qualifications and accountability for Reiki and Mindfulness 🧘

It also means that a Reiki Practitioner, Reiki Therapist or Mindfulness Teacher can be registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

CNHC registration should be something you look for when booking any complementary therapy.

This is because knowing your practitioner or teacher is CNHC registered provides additional assurance that they are regulated and offer exemplary standards of safety, and service quality.

The CNHC is a government led body that means a Reiki Practitioner is medically viable to practice their therapy and GP's can actually refer patients to them.

At a very minimum any Reiki Practitioner should be trained to level 2 and also be a member of a UK Professional body such as the UK Reiki Federation and have valid, indate, professional insurance, all of which you can request to see.

If you have any questions you'd like to ask feel free to get in touch.

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