With more young people than ever reported to be suffering from anxiety and stress, an experienced teacher of an ancient Japanese art aims to help
A Master Reiki practitioner wants to help parents of children who suffer anxieties to help their children relax and reboot in the face of pressures at school or in life in general.
Recent statistics from the charity Young Minds show that about 290,000 children and young people have an anxiety disorder and that 80,000 children and young people are seriously depressed.
Amanda McDermott, 46, said: “I suddenly started getting lots of enquiries from friends and contacts about whether Reiki can help anxious kids and seeing as this is exactly the kind of thing I like to do, I am going to be helping their parents to learn how to use it.”
Amanda, from Tring, Herts, learnt how to practise the relaxation technique 15 years ago when a friend suggested she see her own practitioner to help manage a particularly stressful period in her life.
“At the time I was the director of a West End art gallery, working long hours, pregnant with my first child and then we were beset with numerous family issues of illness and bereavement.
“Reiki picked up all the broken pieces and glued me back together. It rebalances the energy within the body so you can function at your best and it also provides relaxation for anxious, tired and unhappy minds,” she said.
She has now been teaching for ten years. “I can teach parents how to work intuitively, listen to their gut instinct and learn what is best for each individual child. With so many pressures on young people today with exams, social media and the internet contributing, I am hopeful this can help,” she added.
Amanda is a registered Master Member of the UK Reiki Federation and is based in Cow Roast, near Tring, Herts.