What is reiki?

Reiki energy is all around us!

We are surrounded by energy and our bodies are also composed of it. You may have heard of this energy being referred to as ‘qi, chi, prana, universal-energy or ki’. The term Reiki comes from the Japanese words ‘rei‘ meaning universal or spiritual and ‘ki‘, meaning energy, breath or life force. Together you could roughly translate it as ‘universal life force energy’. It is pronounced as ‘ray-kee’.

What is reiki healing?

The healing method which we call Reiki in the west was discovered by Dr Mikao Usui in Japan at the turn of the 20th century. He spent his life working with it, studying it and healing others. Dr Usui passed his ability onto his students and it quickly spread across the globe. Interestingly, most practitioners (including myself) can trace their lineage of teachers back to him, just like a family tree!

Black and white photograph of Mikao Usui.
Dr Mikao Usui (1865-1926)

During a treatment the energy which is all around us is passed through the hands of the practitioner directly to the recipient, replenishing their energy system which may have become weakened or depleted by illness or injury. Anyone can benefit from this regardless of beliefs, religion, age or gender. Even animals and plants can have treatments. Reiki is completely safe, non-invasive and complements all other types of treatments and medications.

If you would like to know more, please see my blog post: what is reiki healing and how can it benefit me?

What can be treated?

Any ailments, whether physical, spiritual or emotional can benefit from treatment. Reiki replenishes a person’s life force energy and can work at the root cause of many problems. All healing, from a small cut to a broken bone is ultimately healed by the body itself and medical treatments are simply ways to facilitate self healing. Reiki helps to boost this innate healing mechanism and is an excellent way to complement any other modalities you are using. It will not interfere with conventional medicines, homeopathy, aromatherapy etc, but it is not a substitute for care from your doctor.

Examples of what Reiki can help with:

  • Anxiety 
  • stress reduction, stress-related ailments
  • depression, anxiety
  • emotional balancing, self-esteem, mental clarity
  • fatigue
  • insomnia
  • pain reduction or elimination
  • making or handling changes in your life
  • trauma, grief
  • sexual/physical/emotional abuse
  • pre and post surgery (relaxation before surgery, reduce recovery time, and help with pain management)
  • help to reduce side effects of medications or treatments (e.g. chemotherapy)
  • chronic conditions
  • improving immunity
  • hormonal imbalances
  • individuals under hospice care
  • balancing energies in the body
  • circulation disorders
  • headaches and migraines

Reiki and children

I wrote an article about reiki for children which was printed in the Reiki World magazine. Please see it here.

What to expect

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Reiki treatment

Before your first treatment there will be a consultation where I will take your details and medical history. Any information I gather will be confidential. This part will take about 15 minutes.

Next, you will lie fully clothed on a treatment table under a light blanket; now all you need to do is close your eyes and relax! Alternatively you can sit upright if that is more comfortable for you. There will be soft music and low lighting. I can also diffuse essential oils if you wish. 

Using my hands I will detect any imbalances in your energy field, this only takes a minute.

During the actual session I will either place my hands directly on you or hold them a few inches away. Each area is treated for a few minutes. I will not touch your face, neck or private areas.

I work from head to toe, first treating the front before moving onto the back of the body. This will take about 35-45 minutes.

Afterwards we review the treatment and discuss whether further sessions are required.

How does it feel?

Everyone experiences the energy in different ways; it may be perceived as heat, coldness, tingling or buzzing.

Occasionally some people don’t feel anything. An emotional release is common in the form of laughing or crying. From experience I’ve observed that most people go into deep relaxation and often fall asleep. Usually ailments show improvement and in the following few days energy levels can increase.

Sometimes clients experience a detox; this is nothing to worry about and is simply caused by the energy dislodging toxins from the body. There may be instances when conditions or emotions feel like they are worsening to begin with, but this is a sign that the problems are being brought to the surface. Although uncomfortable, it is showing that the healing energy is making its way through. This will pass with further treatments and rest.

I cannot guarantee a specific outcome but however you feel will be right for you!