REIKI Reiki is a natural healing system that uses variable frequency energy to heal. The energy is electromagnetic in nature and can work on any level: physical, emotional and spiritual. What we term today as Reiki was traditionally known as 'The Usui System of Natural Healing' or Usui-do (The Way Of Usui), developed by Mikao Usui in the 1900s but today is used to encompass a whole range of energy healing systems. Reiki is a Japanese term actually consisting of two words with varying interpretations: Rei- Spiritual or sacred. Generally described as Universal or Spiritual energy, the highest spiritual consciousness, Ki- Energy. Life force energy, inside all living things, surrounds all living things, lower frequency than Rei energy. Ki as believed in many Eastern traditions needs to flow freely throughout the body. If we have an emotional trauma or a physical illness we acquire a blockage. This disturbs the path of the energy through our bodies and we develop an illness. The healthier someone is the more Ki they will have flowing through their body. Reiki works to heal the energy blockages in the body and restore the body back to health, along with healing emotional traumas and basically balancing the mind, body and soul. Reiki can be used on any condition and is also a path to spiritual enlightenment if you choose to develop yourself in that way. Reiki is passed on by the Reiki Master to the student by means of attunements. This enables the student to access and use the energy. Reiki is non intrusive hands on healing and is both effective and pleasant.
How does it work? The client, fully clothed, lays on a yoga mat, pillows and blankets for the treatment. The practitioner tunes in the client's energy and applies the Reiki energy where required within the energy field of the client. The practitioner places her/his hands on or near the clients body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, and feet. Other, more specific positions may be used based on the clients needs. Each position is held for three to ten minutes depending on how much Reiki the client needs at each position. The whole treatment usually lasts about 60 minutes including a little time before the session for a short interview and after the session for the client and practitioner to share their experience. The energy will continue working and balancing the energy field of the client for several hours. This way there will be no sudden shifts that or outbursts of release caused by the treatment. The highest good of the client is always the core intention for each session. The practitioners respect the soul path and soul lessons of the client and support the clients on their path.
Elena is a yoga teacher, certified Reiki Master level 4 and holistic practitioner. She studied at the College of Naturopathic Medicine obtaining a certificate in Indian Head Massage. Initially trained as a Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher and Pregnancy Yoga Teacher at YogaLondon, she then went on an advanced intensive training with Awakened Life School of Yoga for +300 hours Teacher training in Costa Rica and Bali. She is now a certified 500RYT teacher according to Yoga Alliance standards and continues studying with inspiring teachers from all over the world. Elena is also qualified to teach Restorative and Prenatal and Postnatal yoga. Having trained as a Doula with Michel Odent and Liliana Lammers as well as HypnoBirthing with Marie Mongan, she also includes some of these elements in her Prenatal-Postnatal classes. In her continuous strive for serving a wider range of population through the transformative path of Yoga, Elena is currently studying Integrative Yoga Therapy to attain her IAYT accredited 800Hours Professional Yoga Therapist Certificate with Lilian and Joseph LePage at Kripalu Centre in MA, USA. During her classes Elena combines an attention to healthy alignment with mindful movements, and focuses on the flow of the breath as a link between the mind and body. She encourages a non-competitive joyful practice offering modifications suitable for different bodies and conditions. Relaxation and meditation are also an important part of her practice, which she combines with the use of sound and breathing techniques.