Why Reiki?

What is Reiki and how does it work?


Reiki is defined by the Oxford English dictionary as:-

A healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being”.


The Japanese word ‘Reiki’ literally translates as universal life force energy. This natural system of healing was developed by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century. It is a non-invasive complementary therapy that has been taught and used in the UK since the late 1900s, but eastern medicine has worked with this energy for thousands of years, recognising its flow through all living things. As time goes on, more and more variations of Reiki appear in the holistic field and they're all forms of energy healing. 

Often referred to as an intelligent form of healing, Reiki is a wonderful complementary therapy in a personal wellness or healing program. It encourages and supports a calmer response to life’s challenges, reducing stress and anxiety. Reiki’s gentle energy is easily adapted to most medical conditions and may be used safely by people of all ages, including the newborn, pregnant mothers, surgical patients, the frail and the elderly, in any situation.

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What happens during a Reiki session?

During a Reiki session the recipient remains fully clothed, comfortably reclining on a massage couch or seated in a chair. The practitioner will place their hands on the recipient in various positions. Some practitioners use a non-touching technique where the hands are held a few centimetres away from the recipient's body. 

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The importance of relaxation

Relaxation is vital to wellbeing. To be healthy, we need a good balance between rest and activity. The body is intelligent and generally manages to maintain that balance, but in times of stress or anxiety the body may go into fight or flight mode. So it produces adrenalin and cortisol and the body can't relax. Reiki encourages deep relaxation, which allows the body to repair. 

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  • bringing balance to mind, body, spirit and soul
  • reducing stress and anxiety
  • reducing pain from physical ailments
  • reducing post-operative pain
  • reducing insomnia


  • strengthening the immune system
  • helping with depression
  • increasing self-belief and self-confidence
  • creating a more positive outlook

Distant or remote healing


Distant or remote healing is equally powerful for those comfortable with the idea that energy is not bound by time or space and healing can be sent anywhere in the world through the ether. Distant healing can be sent to people, situations, relationships, past lives, future events - in fact, its use is limited only by lack of imagination!

Learning Reiki


Professional and personal Reiki courses are available. Whether you want to learn it for your own spiritual development or to share with or even teach others, we can promise you an amazing few days in a loving and safe space.   See more

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