What is Reiki?
'Reiki, (pronounced 'ray key') is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy. Rei = Universal, Ki = life energy. Ki (also known as chi, qi, or prana) is the vital energy flowing through all living things. During stress or illness energy may not flow freely or with the abundance associated with well-being. Reiki is beneficial in that it provides a means of 'topping up', and helping natural movement of energy. Reiki is received via the hands of a practitioner placed on or over the body.
While training is needed to be able to perform this, anyone can be taught Reiki. No special gift or prior learning is necessary simply the desire and commitment to heal and learn. Find out more about about learning Reiki
What Happens at an Appointment?
After the consultation I will ask you to lie on the couch (fully clothed, without shoes), there are pillows, bolsters, blankets, and eye mask available for you if you wish, to help you feel relaxed and comfortable .
Reiki is given by placing the hands on or over the body. It can be comforting to receive the healing at the site of discomfort or dis-ease but the energy is taken-in and used where it is most needed.
What Does Reiki Feel Like?
Some people notice a feeling of warmth, tingling sensations or a gentle feeling of waves of energy, while others are aware of certain colours, their emotions or thoughts, and of course, deep relaxation. Each experience is unique and will be right for you on your healing journey.
Who can benefit from a Reiki Treatment?
The treatments are suitable for anyone at any age and as there is no physical movement involved it can be suitable even for the very frail. Shorter treatments can be given for young children or anyone who is infirm or seriously ill. Plants, animals and situations can also receive Reiki.
How long is a treatment?
The length of each appointment is 1 hour and the treatment time within that is around 45 minutes. However, many people find it beneficial to talk about or mention issues they want to address with Reiki and it does seem to 'bring things into the healing equation'. This can be as important as the actual hands-on healing time and so all this is as flexible as you need it to be.
Sometimes shorter, more frequent treatments can be very effective, gentle, and helpful when you need lots of top-ups. For example, when going through emotional turmoil, mental or physical challenges, illness and recovery.
"Is that how you say it?"
From time to time I'm asked about the pronunciation of reiki 'is that how you say it?' so, although it doesn't matter too much, I thought I'd include this to help you out if you're not sure.
If you have heard of reiki but not seen it written anywhere you might expect to see it spelled raky, raykee. If you've read about reiki and seen the word reiki you might be pronouncing it ryekey, ryekee, rayky, reeki, reekay, or reeky. Rest assured that if you pronounce reiki to rhyme with cakey you've got it spot on :)
My Reiki journey began in the 1990s, first by receiving healing and, as it had such a powerful positive effect on my health, shortly after being attuned to level one and then two some months later.
I became a Reiki practitioner, along with qualifying as a Reflexologist in 1999, followed by becoming a Reiki level 3 and Reiki Master in 2003.
I've treated people with hands-on healing in Coalville, Loughborough, Leicester, and Leicestershire, and distance healing all over the UK, for 18 years. I began teaching Reiki in 2006.
Although I've always treated animals on an occasional basis I took this further by undertaking Advanced Animal Reiki Practitioner training in 2014 with Sarah Berrisford. Now I offer reiki for animals with home visits or distance healing.