What Is Reiki?

“Reiki” (ray-key) is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes self-healing.


Reiki means "Universal energy" and is a non-invasive, non-diagnostic, holistic therapy. All traditional and modern forms of energy therapy including Reiki, are believed to work by stimulating clearance of energy blocks and allowing the natural healing mechanisms to work. The Reiki practitioner works as a channel for the energy which is activated by intention. Various hand positions are used around the client with light touch or no touch. The client remains fully clothed to receive the treatment. Reiki is experienced as a flow of energy, mild tingling, warmth or coolness among many other possible sensations, or none at all.


The Practice of Reiki is an original method of healing, developed by Mikao Usui in Japan in the 20th Century. 



Reiki is used in various locations including private practice, complimentary therapy centres, GP surgeries, hospitals, hospices, cancer support groups, post-operative recovery, drug rehabilitation, and in care of the elderly.


Reiki is also becoming popular for helping animals and Equine Reiki for Horses is slowly becoming recognised as a beneficial therapy in the Equestrian environment.



The method of receiving Reiki is simple. The recipient remains clothed and lies on a couch or sits on a chair and relaxes. The practitioner gently places their hands in a series of non-intrusive positions on or near the body. There is no massage or manipulation. The whole person is treated rather than specific areas. Sessions can take from 30-45 minutes, depending on the client’s needs.


Reiki practitioners are not trained in diagnosis and will not predict any specific outcome from treatment. If people are concerned about their symptoms they should see a doctor.



The benefits are numerous and are different for each person.


Reiki benefits people with

  • Migraine headaches
  • Back and neck pain (offering relief from the pain),
  • Sleep issues
  • Stress
  • Stress management
  • Grief from loss and depression
  • Knee and joint pain relief
  • It helps people who have a "heavy heart" to clients who just do not feel connected to themselves or the world.

Of course, this never replaces the need for your professional care. This treatment compliments your current treatment.


Clients report

  • a sense of deep relaxation and calm
  • a sense of emotional balance and well-being
  • reduced mental and emotional stress, anxiety and tension
  • beneficial effects may be felt for several days

Reiki can help support positive personal choices such as improving diet, taking more exercise, devoting time for rest or leisure activities, and may reduce the need for alcohol or tobacco. Engendering greater inner harmony, regular Reiki treatments can help promote a calmer response to life's challenges.


There are no known medical contraindications to Reiki sessions. It's gentle energy is easily adapted to most medical conditions and may be used safely by people of all ages, including the new-born, pregnant mothers, surgical patients, the frail and the elderly, in any situation.