Reiki is love, Love is wholeness, Wholeness is balance, Balance is wellbeing, Well Being is freedom from disease.

Dr Mikao Usui

Reiki is a Japanese word for ‘universal life energy’ and is also a word to describe a natural healing system. It was founded by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century. Thanks to ……. (2 other names) it found its way to the West.

Reiki is a natural energy that works on every level, not just the physical but also emotional, spiritual. It is understood to promote the body’s regenerative self-healing ability. It is a tradition that is open to any belief system.

Reiki follows these basic principles:

Just for today….

….. don’t worry.

…. don’t be angry.

…. be grateful.

…. take responsibility and do what you came here to do.

…. be kind to others.

The best way to understand Reiki is to try a treatment or two or it is something that needs to be experienced. Anyone open to change, since all healing involves change, would benefit from Reiki. Sometimes people come to reiki when they have explored many other avenues in search of help. 

Some of the benefits of Reiki:

Deep relaxation

Promotes harmony and balance in life

Relaxes and releases tension from the body


Pain relief

Improved sleep

A healthy body-mind connection

Clears the mind and improves focus

Releases emotional and energetic blockages

Helps spiritual growth and emotional cleansing

Strengthens the body’s natural healing ability and immune system

What happens during a Reiki treatment?

You remain dressed and lying down on a massage table ( but you can also sit in a chair). Reiki is associated with laying hands on the body but actual touch isn’t necessary. The Reiki energy can be transmitted while hovering hands a 2-12 cm (1 -2 inches) from the body. 

During the treatment you may feel Reiki energy in a form such as heat, cold, tingling, a breeze, energy movements inside. Some people experience colours, sounds or smells. Also you can feel a sudden rise of emotions – this is so reiki appears to restimulate the body’s innate healing process. 

Alternatively, some people feel nothing at all. It is not important to understand what each experience means, just to accept it as part of the experience. What matters more is to be aware of what is happening in the body and mind during the session and notice what happens to symptoms over a period of time. 

As a natural healing method it is good to allow plenty of time for Reiki to have an effect, so a series of treatments is going to be more beneficial than a single treatment in most cases. However, you can feel the benefits of one treatment as well. 

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