What is Reiki?

The word “Reiki” (ray-key) is Japanese and loosely translates to “spiritual energy” or “universal life energy”.

Reiki is also a word to describe a holistic approach to working with energy that allows us to heal and enrich our quality of life naturally. The tradition of using Reiki was founded by Mikao Usui in the late 19th to early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication.

“We live in a world of energy that nourishes and maintains all living things. When this energy flows uninterrupted there is balance and harmony within and around us, and we experience a sense of wellbeing.”

Reiki is a non-intrusive method of hands-on healing that works energetically with the natural energy Ki in Reiki, of the body. This energy travels through the body along meridians (pathways/energy channels). Reiki unblocks and increases the flow of energy throughout these meridians, restoring dwindling levels and increasing flow within the body.

A Reiki practitioner acts as a channel for a greater amount of energy to pass through, creating a ‘healing space’, increasing the client’s energy flow, clearing what needs to be released at the time, enabling optimum balance and wellbeing.

What are the benefits of Reiki?

  • Restful sleep, healing and relaxation
  • Benefits the mind & body, a feeling of inner calm and contentment
  • Boosts energy levels, including a heightened sense of well-being
  • Deep relaxation and releasing muscle tension
  • Alleviates anxiety, stress & depression
  • Helps restore immune function & improve circulation
  • Enhances healing throughout your body
  • Increases confidence and positivity
  • Helps hyperactivity in children
  • Reduces pain & inflammation
  • Helps with joint and back pain, including sports injuries
  • Comfort and ease during grief
  • Develops a sense of purpose and clear-thinking
  • Settle past trauma and distress

Reiki has a positive effect on all forms of illness and negative conditions; it helps support good health and balance for the mind, body and emotions.

Reiki can be used alongside other conventional treatments and provides emotional support during recovery and reduces or eliminates side effects.

Treatment Etiquette

Please switch off your mobile phone on arrival.

Punctuality is appreciated, treatments start and finish on time, please arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment so you have the chance to settle yourself before we start.

What happens during a Reiki Treatment?

I will usually begin with a short explanation of what the treatment involves and ask you for a few details, including a brief medical history. I will ask you to remove your shoes and lie down on the massage table, fully clothed. Reiki is very adaptable, you can receive it seated in a chair or wherever you feel most comfortable. I will place my hands lightly and gently in a series of non-intrusive positions either on or above you, spending several minutes holding each position. There is no massage or manipulation. These hand positions cover both the front and back of the body and sometimes Reiki is given to areas where it is specifically needed. If you find any hand positions uncomfortable please let me know.

Most people wear loose comfortable clothing, you may want to remove your glasses, large jewellery and watches for your own comfort during the treatment.

Full consultation before any treatment.

  • A full body treatment lasts 45 – 60 minutes
  • Localised treatment lasts 20 – 30 minutes

What does a Reiki Treatment Feel Like?

Everybody is different and the effects vary from individual to individual, there is no right or wrong way to experience Reiki. Reiki energy encourages you to let go of all tensions and anxieties. Most people experience deep relaxation. You may experience a tingling / pulsing or floating sensations, see colours, feel warm or you may even fall asleep.

Reiki can also work on many levels:

  • On a subtle level - you may not feel anything at all during the treatment, but enjoy a sense of calm and well-being.
  • On a powerful level - it is possible to experience strong emotions as part of the healing process during and after a treatment.

At the end of the treatment you may feel light-headed or floaty but equally you may feel refreshed with a more positive and balanced outlook. Some people may experience a healing reaction, headache or flu-like symptoms, these only last short-term. Regardless of what you feel, Reiki provides what your body needs. It helps you to be the best that you can be. If you are concerned about any reactions after your treatment please feel free to contact me.

Let yourself relax and enjoy the experience of being cared for.

Reiki is detoxifying so it is important to relax and drink plenty of water and stay hydrated after your treatment.

How many Reiki Treatments do I need?

This varies from person to person, the best results come through having a course of 4-6 weekly treatments. Healing is a process and acute problems generally heal faster. A course of treatments helps to produce long-term beneficial changes for you on many levels.

A one-off treatment will be beneficial, bringing a sense of calm and peacefulness and maybe a short-term physical benefit.

Reiki is not a substitute for medical treatment. If you have any symptoms of illness you should see your doctor. As a Reiki practitioner, I will not diagnose or recommend any form of treatment.

Reiki is safe and will complement any form of complementary, natural or medical treatment.

If you would like to know more about Reiki or to find out what Reiki can do for you, and to book your first Reiki treatment, please contact me.