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THERAPY OF THE MONTH

Reiki

What’s it all about? Reiki is a form of ‘hands on’ healing which originated in Japan. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word Rei which means ‘Universal Life’ and Ki which means ‘Energy’. This system of natural healing was developed by Dr Mikao Usui after many years of study, research and meditation. It is still taught today by Reiki Masters who have trained in the tradition passed down from Master to student. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice.

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Tell me more! Reiki is the ‘life energy’

that flows through all living things. It is believed that a person’s ‘ki’ or energy should be strong and flowing freely. When this is the case an individual’s mind and body is in a positive, balanced state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it may lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance. It is believed that a Reiki session can help to soothe stress and tension whilst supporting the body’s ability to heal itself.

BE AT ONE WITH NATURE Hotel Quelle is an award-winning ‘Nature Spa’ located in the Dolomites, South Tyrol, Italy. Named after the German word for ‘Source’, guests can enjoy plenty of outdoor activities from guided alpine hikes and bike tours to Nordic walking, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and sledging. With a dedicated spa for adults only and a separate family spa, guests will have ample room to relax and unwind. There are 10 sauna and steam rooms, including a Snow Sauna – a unique ice lounge designed to relieve sore muscles and tension – plus a warming salt-water grotto, a fitness centre and gym. To find out more or to book, visit www.hotel-quelle.com

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The recipient lies on a couch or sits on a chair. The practitioner then gently places their hands in a sequence of positions which cover the whole body. The person as a whole is treated, rather than focusing on specific symptoms. A full treatment usually takes between one and one and a half hours. No special equipment is needed, so Reiki can be given anywhere at any time.

Luxury and wellbeing Puente Romano, Marbella’s luxurious beach resort, is launching a packed programme of wellbeing retreats designed to help guests to relax, recover and rejuvenate. The innovative new retreats include Mindful Living; Sleep, Soothe & Sea; Yogic Detox and Integrated Wellness. Activities range from boot camps on the beach and sound bathing with Tibetan singing bowls to private tennis lessons, personal training sessions and a variety of spa treatments, set against a backdrop of natural botanical gardens and incredible sea views. For more information, visit www.puenteromano.com.

Where do I find out more? For more information and to find a Reiki healer in your local area contact the UK Reiki Federation. Visit www.reikifed.co.uk

ALL IS CALM! This winter, why not escape the hectic world outside with a calming and restorative spa day in Northern Ireland? The new All is Calm Winter Day Spa Experience is launching this month at the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa and the Culloden Estate & Spa. Available until 28 February, the experience includes a warming hot stone back, neck and shoulder massage, a regenerating frankincense facial with warm rose quartz crystals and an oriental scalp massage with hair treatment. Guests can also explore the glorious natural surroundings of Northern Ireland with the Mourne Mountains on their doorsteps, the Christmas markets in nearby Belfast or simply cosy up by the fire with a cup of tea and warming seasonal treats. To find out more, visit www.hastingshotels.com.

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