Lets talk about…..REIKI !

When talking about the treatments I do, the questions that I am most often asked are about Reiki: ‘what is Reiki’, ‘isnt Reiki that hand on thing?’ ‘what does Reiki do?’… People who have experienced Reiki love it but still find it difficult to explain to others and I feel that people who do not know about it have a fear of it so I have decided today, to talk about it.

Reiki is an ancient method of healing. It was rediscovered at the turn of the century by Dr Mikao Usui, a wealthy Japanese scholar, who had interests in different religions, medicine and energy movements and was widely read in all subjects. He wanted to discover a way to heal himself and others, using his hands, without depleting his own energy levels. He dedicated many years to his studies, learning Sanskrit and reading ancient texts. These texts described methods of healing but did not provide the information required to enable him to activate the energy to use himself.

His open minded research of other disciplines eventually led him back to Buddhism and he became a Buddhist monk. It was during this time that he was encouraged to go on a mountain retreat to seek enlightenment. He chose Mount Kurama. He fasted, prayed and meditated for 21 days. He had collected a pile of 21 stones to use as his calendar. 20 of those days were uneventful but the next day as he cast his 21st stone, he was struck by a light and ‘saw’ Sanskrit symbols within his third eye, which he knew would help him develop the healing system he was searching for. As a result of this he set up a clinic in Kyoto and began to heal people and teach others to heal themselves and others. The system was called Reiki.

Universal Life Force

Rei – universal or spiritually guided

Ki –  life force energy.

The concept of a universal life force can be found in many Eastern traditions. In Indian Ayurvedic medicine and yoga is is known as Prana and in Traditional Chinese Medicine it is called Chi or Qi (which became Ki in Japanese).

‘All the universe has come from love, and to love all things in return.

For from joy all beings have come, by joy they all live, and unto joy they all return’.

The Taittiriya Upanishad

Whilst Reiki is spiritual in nature it is not a religion, it has no attachments and is not dependent on belief, which means it will have effect whether you believe or not. It comes from a Universal level. It is however, important to live and conduct ourselves in a way that promotes peace and harmony with others. Mikao Usui recommended that one follows five ethical principles which are universal to all cultures and act as a guide to living with a happy heart:

  • Just for today, do not worry
  • Just for today, do not anger
  • Honor your parents
  • Earn your living honestly
  • Show gratitude to everything


In order to practice Reiki, the student will undergo an attunement, a structured spiritual ritual that provides empowerment and the ability to draw in and activate energy to become an effective channel of Reiki energy.

The method of receiving Reiki is simple. The recipient lays on a couch or sits in a chair fully clothed and relaxes. The practitioner gently places their hands in a series of non intrusive positions. Clients may or may not feel sensations throughout the treatment. Benefits include deep relaxation and a peaceful sense of well being. Some may feel cold, hot or tingly, others report seeing colours, have emotional releases or feeling that they’ve had the equivalent of a full night sleep in one hour. Even if nothing is felt, Reiki works on our subtle energies, Chakras and meridians (to be discussed in the future) encouraging the body to rebalance and heal itself.