What is Reiki?

Reiki, meaning ‘universal life energy’, was founded in Japan by Dr Mikao Usui in the late 19th century. It works on the principle that energy, also known as ‘ki’ or ‘chi’, flows through the body via energy centres called ‘chakras’. A balanced flow of energy can provide a sense of wellbeing and spiritual renewal.

What happens during a treatment?

After a medical and lifestyle consultation, you will lie fully-clothed on the therapy bed, tucked under the covers (or on top if it’s hot!). Relaxing music will be playing, essential oils will be diffused into the air and you can bathe in the gentle sunlight or have the window blinds closed to create a cosy atmosphere. My hands may rest gently upon you, such as on the top of your head or your knees or I may be resting just above you, in your energy field. You may simply find the treatment calming and relaxing, or you may feel physical and emotional sensations such as hot and cold, twinges, see colours, think of someone you haven’t thought of in years and more. All this is perfectly normal and is the process of working through blockages and allowing the energy to rebalance and flow.

Who is it good for?

Most people are likely to benefit from Reiki which can help counter the effects of our day-to-day stresses. It can be particularly helpful for those with:

What does Reiki ‘fuse’ well with?

As a non-invasive and all over therapy, Reiki fuses well with most other therapies but ideally needs at least 30 to 45 minutes.

Find out more

Autonomic Nervous System Changes During Reiki Treatment: A Preliminary Study

Effect of Reiki therapy on pain and anxiety in adults: an in-depth literature review of randomized trials with effect size calculations

Integrative Reiki for cancer patients: a program evaluation

The effects of Reiki therapy and companionship on quality of life, mood, and symptom distress during chemotherapy