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Reiki

Sumudu Godagama is a qualified and trained Reiki master with 5 years experience.  Sumudu is able to apply reiki to all her treatments, especially panchakarma which involves direct soft tissue contact.  She will only apply reiki alongside other treatments once full patient consent is gained.

She trained in the Usui Reiki Tradition with Karuna reiki Master Elizabeth Harley who's practice is based in Aberdeen, Scotland.  Elizabeth's lineages can be traced back to the 3 main Reiki roots – to Usui sensei’s line via Hiroshi Doi from the Gakkai,
directly to Hyashi sensei via Tadao Yamaguchi and to the Western style Reiki through Hawayo Takata.

Sumudu decided to study reiki because of her patients and family members who would often say she possesed "healing hands".  Wanting to understand this phenomenon lead her to an ancient Japanese technique which understood that with right intention, meditation and focus a person could help heal another through touch or even simple thought.  Although regarded by many as placebo, or power of suggestion, Sumudu has experienced profound postive effects in the progress of her patients' conditions having trained in this art.  Sumudu's cultural and philosophical background which advocates regular meditative practices and mindfullness enables her to engage with reiki principles not only in her clinics, but her life too.


Reiki History

Reiki (English pronunciation: ray-key) is a spiritual practice developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui that uses a technique commonly called palm healing as a form of complementary and alternative medicine and is sometimes classified as oriental medicine by some professional bodies. Reiki is a Japanese word for Universal Life Force Energy.

Usui was an admirer of the literary works of the Emperor Meiji. While in the process of developing his Reiki system, Usui summarised some of the emperor's works into a set of ethical principles, which later became known as the Five Reiki Precepts (Gokai, meaning "The Five Commandments," from the Buddhist teachings of being prohibited against killing, thievery, sexual misconduct, lying, and for intemperance). It is common for many Reiki teachers and practitioners to abide by these five precepts, or principles.

The five concepts of Mikao Usui, commonly called the Five Precepts or Five Principles are as follows, with Romaji Japanese translation (Romanised Japanese)

The secret art of inviting happiness   Shōfuku no hihō
The miraculous medicine for all diseases   Manbyō no reiyaku
At least for today:   Kyō dake wa

1. Do not be angry   Okoru na
2. Do not worry   Shinpai su na
3. Be grateful   Kansha shite
4. Work with diligence   Gyō wo hakeme
5. Be kind to people   Hito ni shinsetsu ni

Every morning and evening, join your hands in meditation and pray with your heart   Asayū gasshō shite kokoro ni nenji
State in your mind and chant with your mouth   Kuchi ni tonae yo
For improvement of mind and body   Shinshin kaizen
Usui Reiki Ryōhō  
- Choso Usui Mikao   The Founder Mikao Usui

Reiki has a similar effect on the body/mind as meditation. Regular Reiki promotes personal & spiritual growth, expands consciousness and stimulates intuitive, spiritual and creative awareness.


A Reiki Consultation: what to expect...

In a typical whole-body Reiki treatment, the Reiki practitioner will first discuss any concerns over physical, mental and emotional health and then instructs the recipient to lay down, on a massage table, and relax. Its is reccommended that recipients wear loose comfortable clothing during treatment. The practitioner might take a few moments to enter a calm or meditative state of mind and mentally prepare for the treatment, that is usually carried out without any unnecessary talking.

The treatment proceeds with the practitioner placing the hands on the recipient in various positions. However, practitioners may use a non-touching technique, where the hands are held a few centimetres away from the recipient's body for some or all of the positions. The hands are usually kept in a position for three to five minutes before moving to the next position. Overall, the hand positions usually give a general coverage of the head, the front and back of the torso, the knees, and feet. Between 12 and 20 positions are used, with the whole treatment lasting anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes.

It is reported that the recipient often feels warmth or tingling in the area being treated, even when a non-touching approach is being used. A state of deep relaxation, combined with a general feeling of well-being, is usually the most noticeable immediate effect of the treatment, although emotional releases can also occur. As the Reiki treatment is said to stimulate the body's natural healing processes, instantaneous "cures" of specific health problems are not normally observed. A series of three or more treatments, typically at intervals of one to seven days, is usually recommended if a chronic condition is being addressed, and regular treatments on an on-going basis can be used with the aim of maintaining well-being.