LE T’S TALK ABOUT... REIKI

Women's Health Australia - - DISCUSS -

So, what ex­actly is it? Think of this an­cient Ja­panese prac­tice as guided re­lax­ation. It’s sup­posed to help you let go of phys­i­cal and men­tal ten­sion. You lie fully clothed while a prac­ti­tioner lightly places their hands on your body, usu­ally around the head. Peo­ple of­ten re­port feel­ing chilled and less stressed post-reiki, but the sci­en­tific jury’s still out on the ben­e­fits: a 2015 Cochrane re­view found in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to say whether or not reiki can help to ease de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety symp­toms.

A friend said it helped her “un­block” bad en­er­gies. True?

It might have worked for your mate – reiki is a form of en­ergy ther­apy – but the most im­por­tant thing is find­ing the best per­son to treat you. “Reiki Mas­ter is the high­est form of train­ing, but I’d rec­om­mend some­one with at least Reiki

II,” says prac­ti­tioner Han­nah Hem­pen­stall. “Also go with your gut – the main thing you want to feel is that you’ll be safe in their hands and con­nect with them.”

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