Christina first became aware of Reiki after meeting two Reiki Masters on a music course. They explained that Reiki ("Ray-key") means 'universal energy' and is the energy that is around everything: humans, animals, plants, even objects. Later on in the course, Christina started noticing energy - for example the energy released when playing the bass drum. She went on to notice the varying energy levels of guests on her coach tours and how it was possible to influence them, e.g. playing 'Help!' by the Beatles after everyone realised that the coach had got lost in Barcelona. Later that Summer, she got a Reiki treatment for herself and went on to train so that she could give treatments to herself and others.
Reiki is so useful because it works on many different levels. If I have a big task in front of me, I do some Reiki which calms me. I can also send positive energy to the situation itself.
Reiki helps me in many different ways: if I have a cold I can unblock my nose, it helps relieve peroid pain, it drastically reduces the amount I have to use my asthma inhaler, it helps me approach situations with a clearer head.
Reiki can also be used as a tool to sculpt your life to be more the way you want it: eg drink less, stop smoking, exercise more, take up a hobby etc. For me, this came about because I felt more aware of my body and what made it feel good (and what didn't!).
I've given Reiki to people with shoulder pain and ankle pain and they've felt pain relief and have been able to have a great night's sleep. It was the same for a friend who'd just broken up with her boyfriend - it gave her a great sense of peace and relaxation.
It is possible to have a general Reiki treatment and rebalance the entire body. It is also possible to use specific techniques, eg to reinforce a postive affirmation that you would like to achieve, or to find the root of a problem. You can use Reiki to re-energise spaces, ie a new house or work space.
Reiki works on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels and there is no need for a diagnosis as it simply goes where it is needed most. It is also reassuring that it is impossible to get it wrong! If I put my hands on your feet, it's possible for you feel the energy working on your head.
Anyone can be attuned to practise Reiki, even if you don't consider yourself to be an overly sensitive or spiritual person. There were people from all walks of life on my course with the common denominator that they were all lovely people!
Christina has been practising Reiki for two and a half years. She studied at the London Reiki Academy and is a Reiki Practitioner Level II, attuned in both lineages of the Tsui System of Reiki. The two lineages are the Tsui Natural Healing System (Western Lineage) and the Tsui Spiritual Energy System (Japanese lineage).
Christina has completed her Reiki Diploma which enables her to work for the NHS. She is registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) which is an accredited register by the Professional Standards Authority.
As well as seeing her private clients, she volunteers as a Reiki Therapist at St Luke's Hospice, Basildon.