What is Reiki?

The practice of Reiki is an original method of healing, believed to have come from ancient Buddhist teachings and developed by Mikao Usui in Japan in the 1900's.

The Japanese word Reiki means Universal Energy. Eastern medicine has always recognised and worked with this energy, which flows through all living things and is vital to the well-being of life. The energy is known as ki in Japan,chi in China, and prana in India. Acupuncture, tai chi and yoga are also based on the free-flow of this energy in a person.

As a therapy, Reiki is an effective and simple way of tapping in to this energy, and transferring it for the benefit of the receiver, to stimulate the body's own natural healing potential.

What are the benefits?

The practice of Reiki is gentle and subtle, but powerful. It can create an experience of unconditional love, deep well-being and even bliss. Many who experience this state report feelings of emotional, physical and spiritual balancing.

Reiki encourages and supports positive personal change such as improving diet, having more rest, exercise or leisure time, and may reduce the need for alcohol and tobacco. Reiki can allow us to respond more calmly to all events, and build up on a more resourceful state of being.

Reiki is a gentle energy and may be used safely by all ages, including the newborn, pregnant mothers, surgical patients, the frail and the elderly, regardless of state of health. Reiki can enhance everyday life, and regular sessions help to ward-off illness and fatigue.

Reiki is a non-invasive therapy that can be used without fear of any side-effects or overdose. It may also be used with confidence alongside conventional medication or natural remedies because it acts in a complimentary way.

Reiki is being used in GP surgeries, hospices, cancer support groups, post-operative recovery, drug rehabilitation, prisons, HIV and AIDS centres, and care of the elderly.

What happens during a session?

The treatment is a simple process. The recipient must merely lie or sit down and relax. There is no need for any clothing to be removed as Reiki will pass through anything. The practitioner will then place their hands unobtrusively in a sequence of positions that cover the whole body.

Reiki may be felt as a flow of energy, mild tingling, warmth, coolness, other sensations, or nothing at all. Reiki is deeply relaxing, eases stress, and has a calming effect.

Treatment is enhanced if one can rest for a while afterwards and drink plenty of water to help the body detoxify. Be responsive to the needs of your body and allow the energy to continue to work after the session ends. The beneficial effects may be felt for several days.

How often do I need to have a session?

Although even one Reiki session can make a difference, it is usually more effective to have a course of regular treatments. This may be weekly, fortnightly, or monthly depending on the needs of the individual.

A treatment plan will be discussed with you, and reviewed as necessary. This will always be subject to your own preferences, and can be changed at any time according to progress.


Reiki does not take the place of conventional medicine. Always consult a GP for an acute or infectious condition, and problems of an urgent concern. Reiki is a complimentary therapy that works effectively alongside orthodox healthcare, so expanding treatment options.


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