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?
We'll begin with a consultation to understand what your needs are, whether this is relating to emotional, stress, or health issue, feeling at a cross-roads in life, or feeling something is holding you back from achieving your goals.
I'll explain the treatment and the way I work and ask you to lie on the couch (fully clothed, without shoes).
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.
Your first appointment is an hour and a half so there is plenty of time for your consultation and a full-length reiki treatment.
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.
Reiki Through the Feet
Using my knowledge as a Reflexologist Reiki is given to every part of you via your feet. Areas of each foot relate to (have a reflex) every part of the body including internal organs, limbs, spine, emotional aspects, mental stress, and auric layers.
Almost the entire treatment can be given this way, or just a part of it which is discussed when you come for your appointment.
The feet contain many nerve endings and are naturally sensitive and receptive to treatments such as reiki, reflexology, and essential oils. It's a beautiful way to receive your reiki healing and is deeply relaxing. For Reiki Through the Feet you can keep your socks on too if you wish!
I also teach Reiki Through the Feet in a very special workshop. You must be trained in Reiki and hold a certificate but no knowledge of reflexology is necessary. Join a scheduled workshop day or book one to one tuition.
"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 reiki 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. A few years later I was attuned and trained to Reiki level 3 and Reiki Master in 2003, beginning teaching reiki a couple of years later.
I've treated people with hands-on reiki healing in healing centres in Coalville, Loughborough, Leicester, Leicestershire, and distance healing all over the UK, for 19 years. I began teaching Reiki regularly 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.
I offer reiki for animals with home visits or distance healing.