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What is Reiki? Where did it originate from and how does it work?

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As Featured in Closer: What is Reiki?

Where did it originate from and how does it work?

Living life as stress free as possible is very high on our agenda these days. After the past few years full of stress and chaos, it’s no wonder that searches for wellness trends such as ‘what is Reiki?’ and ‘can manifestation actually work?’ have soared.

As we fully embrace wellness and self care, many people are willing to explore Reiki and it’s healing powers. Reiki is an Eastern belief that vital energy flows through your body, using gentle touch to help guide energy in a way that promotes balance and healing.
If you’re new to Reiki and have a lot of questions, or you’re a seasoned pro who wants to learn even more, we asked Natali Kelly, an aesthetic practitioner and founder of the Natali Kelly clinic on Walton Street in Chelsea that provides Reiki treatments, to help us answer all your questions.

What is Reiki?

It’s a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki practitioners use their hands to deliver energy to the body and improve the flow and balance of your energy which in turn supports healing; using this within a facial, not only allows you to achieve great skin results, but it also allows you to relax on a deeper mediative level to improve your stress levels and energy balance.

Natali explains, “It is administered by ‘laying on hands’ and is based on the idea that an unseen ‘life force energy’ flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. Reiki is an energy healing technique that promotes, relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety through gentle touch, which is allow us to add that added touch into our treatments at the Natali Kelly clinic.”

Where does it originate from and how does it work?

“Reiki originated in Japan in the early 1900’s”, says Natali.

“Mikao Usui developed reiki deriving the word from the words ‘rei’ meaning ‘universal and ‘ki’ which refers to the vital life force energy that slows through all living things around us. Reiki was originally formed when Christianity was declared illegal and those who refused to renounce it were executed. Reiki was used as form of meditation and prayer to feel peace, stability and to ground oneself without the worry of breaking the law. Now it is used all over the world, including hospitals, wellness retreats and clinics to complement other forms of health benefiting treatments.”

Click here to read the article in full or click here to learn more about how we incorporate Reiki into our Bespoke Facials.

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