What is Reiki?

As a healing system, Reiki has been used in the West since the late 1930's. It is a gentle, non-intrusive hands-on or hands-off healing technique which uses spiritual energy to treat physical ailments without using massage, pressure or manipulation, however, it is much more than a physical therapy. It is a holistic system for balancing, healing and harmonising all aspects of the person - body, mind, emotions and spirit and in doing so can encourage personal growth and awareness. Being such a gentle treatment it is suitable and beneficial for everyone of all ages and as there is no restriction on how Reiki can be given, it can be adapted to accommodate those of limited mobility.


The Word Reiki

Pronounced RAY KEE

Rei means universal, divine, essence, spirit

Ki means life energy

For easy translation, Reiki means 'Universal life-force energy'.



When we are young, we are able to replenish our energy reserves; as we get older, we use up energy but are unable to replace it with the same ease. The result of this is a lack of energy, which can cause ill health. Working with energy to reverse, or at least mitigate this loss is found in a number of practices. With the practice of Reiki, energy is drawn from the Universe and channelled through the palms of the hands of a fully attuned practitioner to achieve a rebalancing of life force. Being in this state of balance it enables us to find contentment and to sense our connectedness to everything around us.

The connection between our energy and our physical body is made in two ways. The first is through the Aura. The seven auric layers surround the physical body in concentric circles, but they also interpenetrate each other, with the innermost being the densest and the outermost the finest, meaning the vibrational level of the seventh layer surrounds the entire body - and goes through it completely.  The second is through special receptors: The Chakras. There are seven main chakras located along a central line stretching from the top of the head to the base of the spine and each has it's own colour, matching that of the aura, starting from the base up. 

They are: 

1. Root - Red  2. Sacral - Orange  3. Solar Plexus - Yellow  4. Heart - Green  5. Throat - Light Blue  6. Brow(third eye) - Indigo  7. Crown - Violet

Each chakra is connected to the respective layer of the aura and the surrounding physical areas of the inner and outer body. The energy, or ki, brought in through the chakras is transported around the body through an enormous number of meridians and nadis, which are like energy arteries and veins. There are 35 meridians conducting energy around the body, the twelve main ones are each related to a specific organ in the body and to the physical and emotional aspects of a person. The nadis are all rooted near the base of the spine, thousands in quantity but with only three main and run throughout the body. As with the chakras, when nadis are blocked, energy becomes stuck and disharmony becomes prevalent within the body.



Reiki can heal!

Working holistically means that I don't just focus on a symptom but take into account cause and effect. I treat the whole person, not just the body. With Reiki, there are four different levels at which healing and wholing are achieved.

  1. Physical: Anything to do with the body. This might mean eradicating an illness completely, or it could simply mean limiting or alleviating the symptoms for a time.
  2. Emotional: How we react to and deal with our experiences (both consciously and un-conciously). This could allow you to calm any fears and to reach n acceptance of situations in your life.
  3. Mental: Our attitudes and thought patterns (decisions, directions and lifestyle choices). This could enable you to think differently about situations, possibly bringing to your attention the lessons your situation is trying to teach you, and promoting understanding of the issues that may have caused it.
  4. Spiritual: The bigger picture (finding meaning, acceptance and forgiveness). This could enable you to develop a more loving and forgiving relationship with yourself or others around you.

In many cases, the levels are interconnected. A physical problem caused by another physical problem, which then has an impact on the mental wellbeing which then impacts the emotional. For Reiki this means that there is more behind a symptom than meets the eye and recipients need to stay open to the possibility of healing on more than one level.




Reiki can help with...

Greater health and wellbeing

Accelerating the body's own natural healing process

Healing holistically

Aiding relaxation

Minor pain management 

Detoxifying the body

Encouraging mental clarity

Releasing emotional wounds

Improving sleep 

Reducing anxiety and depression

Dissolving energy blockages - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual

Smoothing the digestion

Releasing stress and tension

Strengthening the immune system

Encouraging greater self-esteem

Hightening self-awareness and intuition

Changing negative conditioning and behaviour

Stimulating creativity

Being a Complementary therapy, Reiki supports & compliments standard medical care, however, it is not, and should never be, a substitute for medication or medical care. 



What can I expect from a Reiki session?

I ask that you refrain from drinking alcohol in the 24 hours before your session as this can add unnecessary toxins to the body which Reiki will seek to eliminate delaying the important purpose of healing.

For your first healing session, you will have a general Health and Wellbeing consultation which takes about 10 minutes. I will briefly answer any questions and discuss possible worries or concerns you may have about your current wellbeing. If you wish to discuss any session or a particular matter in length, a separate Wellbeing session will need to be booked.

You will lie, fully clothed (minus your shoes and coat), initially on your back on the bed, (at some stage I might ask you to turn over, but if lying on your back is too uncomfortable, it doesn't matter, I can adapt). I will go through my relax process with you just to help you feel more at ease and I will begin. There are 12 standard hand positions: 4 around the head, 4 along the torso, and 4 along the back from the neck to the base of the spine and these are in direct relation to the chakras mentioned on the first page. I scan your aura to get a sense of how your energy is flowing and if there are any immediate areas that need treating. I will then steadily work through the hand positions, unless I intuitively feel any stronger sensations which indicate that a specific area needs it more, and it could be any area of your body, not just one of the twelve which could mean that I may only treat 3 or 4 areas of your body in that session, and at other sessions, all twelve areas. Some sessions I may treat completely different areas to the fore mentioned twelve. What your body needs healing energy wise cannot be predicted until that moment, I cannot guide Reiki to specific areas to treat, the energy flows to where it is most needed and works only for your higher and greater good. Some people experience feelings of heat or tingling as the Reiki flows through them or they may feel certain parts cold. Usually people feel very relaxed and peaceful as the energy flows through their body, some even drift off to sleep.   

Some people become quite emotional as the Reiki begins to break down old patterns and blockages and bring them to the surface, they may cry or jerk slightly, all which are perfectly normal, it's just caused by blocked or stagnant energy being released in different ways from the body. Once the session is over, I will gently rouse you and if there is anything that I have intuitively picked up, or if you want to briefly discuss anything, we will do so. Your healing journey will have begun and you will feel lovely and relaxed. I advise that you drink plenty of water over the following few days as Reiki can release the build up of toxins within you, be kind to yourself and rest when you can to allow the process to fully absorb. 




Reiki started with one person, the gentleman on the left, MIKAO USUI. Born on 15th August 1865, smart, eloquent and well read.

He came from a Samurai family, the traditional ruling class. As a young boy he was educated by monks at the nearby monastery as there was no local school in his village and in his teens continued his education at a school in a larger town with the basis of his knowledge in Zen Buddhism. Unsure of his path when he left school, Mikao moved to Tokyo but there is no record of him continuing further education but being a smart and ambitious individual, he eventually found a position as a personal assistant to Shine Goto, one of the most revered politicians in Japanese history, who also had a Samurai background. This man was to have quite an influence on the young Mikao Usui. As he travelled with his job, he was able to study many different cultures and religions, realising that no matter they where in the world, people were faced with the same challenges, struggling with survival and life and on the other hand, looking for meaning and truth. They may have different names, but they were all on the same path. When Usui created the system of Reiki he bore this in mind and made it accessible  to all, regardless of religious or cultural differences.

He married a woman called Sadako Suzuki and had two children, a boy in 1908 and a girl in 1913 and made a living as an entrepreneur, in what is unknown but it was to end up in bankruptcy. Trying everything he could he couldn't get things back together and became depressed and frustrated. Reflecting on his life he came to think that maybe there is more to life, it is noted that he practiced Shugendo, a discipline combining elements of Bhuddism, Taoism and Shintoism, finally joining a Zen monastery and staying for three years but still not feeling complete, in his mind, it was another failure. Mikao Usui wasn't looking for theory or intellectual understanding, he wanted to know with his heart, and wanted to feel, a place where he could experience peace or simply just be. This is often described today as 'being in the now' or 'present moment'. Mikao withdrew into complete isolation on Mount Kurama and after three weeks the moment of transformation arrived.

Feeling as if he had been struck by lightening, he had a vision so bright and felt at complete peace with the world. He stopped identifying with his physical body, shed the boundaries of being individual and felt at one with everything. Reiki is often translated as 'Universal Energy', at that moment, Mikao felt connected to the entire universe. In Japanese this is called 'satori', a moment of understanding, of looking beyond the illusionary veil of problems and seeing the world as it really is. He experienced a moment of enlightenment, complete absence of darkness, shadows, pain and desire. Pure being. The mountain retreat had served it's purpose. Mikao Usui was ready to go back. On his way down the mountain, he caught his foot on roots in the ground and tore off a toenail, and it HURT. He looked down at the wound and put his hands around his toe, and to his started to heal. His enlightenment had brought him healing powers. He carried on down the mountain and was given some water by an innkeeper's daughter who, he noticed, was suffering with a painful tooth infection. Thinking he might be able to help her he placed his hands around her jaw...and both the pain and swelling, went down.

Mikao Usui had become a Reiki healer. 


Lineages & Qualifications

I have studied to Reiki Master/Teacher level and I have a diploma in Usui Reiki Shiki: Natural Healing System / Usui Reiki Ryoho: Spiritual Energy System from The Reiki Academy which is the highest professional qualification attainable and is recognised by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.

A lineage is similar to a family tree, it shows my unbroken line of traditional Reiki heritage all the way back to the original master Mikao Usui. 

Usui Shiki Ryoho/Western Lineage

Mikao Usui

Chujiro Hayashi

Hawayo Takata

Phyllis Lei Furumoto

Carrel Ann Farmer

Leah Smith

William Lee Rand

Penelope Quest

Torsten Alexander Lange

Angela Jane Pentland


Usui Reiki Ryoho/Eastern Lineage

Mikao Usui

Taketomi Kanichi

Kimiko Koyama

Hiroshi Doi

Frans Stiene

Torsten Alexander Lange

Angela Jane Pentland


Reiki Principles

These Reiki principles are at the very heart of the original Reiki teachings and I always try to apply one if not all to my daily life as it makes it flow with peace. They are given a lot of space on the memorial stone of Mikao Usui and it is suggested that they are repeated every day, ideally every morning and every evening several times over, much like a mantra, whilst in quiet contemplation or meditation. They help us to live in Reiki awareness at all times. They allow us to practice oneness and as practitioners, they clear more of the blockages that may stand between us and Reiki. 

Just for today: 

Do not be angry

Do not worry

Be grateful

Do your work with diligence

Be kind to other