what is reiki?


reiki is an energy therapy developed in japan in the 20th century by mikao usui.



it is a vibrational energy therapy for balancing, healing and harmonising all aspects of the body – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.  all of these aspects are uniquely interconnected within each individual.


reiki has been classified as a biofield therapy, which by definition means it is a therapy that is intended to affect energy fields that surround and interpenetrate the human body.


reiki is not linked to any particular religious faith, instead its spirituality lends itself to the oneness of everyone through its teachings that we are all connected by the energy that we share with each other as a collective. the word spiritual in latin is espiritu which means ‘breath’. we are by this definition all spiritual beings.




how does it work?


a reiki energy therapist will connect to universal source energy and become a conduit for this high frequency energy. they make a connection to another person through light touch, creating a resonant bond for sharing this flow of energy.


the energy travels to wherever it is needed in the body, and this is usually achieved by giving reiki to the seven main energy centres (chakras) of the body.  from the chakras, the energy travels through connections (nadis) to reach the 114 other energy centres located throughout the body. reiki intuitively knows where it is needed to go in order to unblock any issue.




the science bit:


a reiki therapist can facilitate a connection with higher vibrations of energy, which they are able to channel through their own electromagnetic field into their bodies and out through their hands.


quantum theory has defined that all matter is made from energy (e=m) and that the human body is comprised of 50 trillion cells of energy vibrating around our body at a particular frequency at any given time. the energy produced by the cells is affected by stress, nutrition, and the lifestyle choices we make. the cells send messages to the brain which produces chemicals that have either a positive or negative effect on the body depending on our environment and lifestyle. These chemicals can affect us physically and emotionally.


when a reiki therapist begins a treatment, their hands oscillate at various frequencies which have an effect on the recipient. they create a resonant bond with that person and any lower vibration within the recipient will begin to rise to a higher vibration as it locks into the same frequency as the reiki therapist.


this facilitates a positive response within the recipient.  the energy within the cells of their body start to flow and any blockages, whether physical or emotional, are encouraged to release. the sympathetic nervous system (fight/flight/freeze) is de-activated and the body returns to parasympathetic mode (rest/digest). improved chemicals and hormones are produced by the brain which has a positive outcome within the body and the emotions.


recent scientific research has found that water quality can be improved by receiving a reiki energy treatment.  the human body is comprised of over 80% water, so this ground breaking evidence is proof of the positive changes that occur within the cells of the body during a reiki treatment.




the benefits of reiki:


there are no known side effects or contraindications to receiving reiki.  benefits include:


less stress

improved physical recovery from trauma

improved immunity

calmer attitude

clearer head

better intuition

increased creativity

improved memory

more stamina

more energy

emotional release

physical release

better sleep


slower aging


on a physical level reiki promotes faster healing to injuries and can also help to get to the root of a long term physical ailment, thus reducing prolonged use of medication that has its own detrimental side-effects on our body. reiki is becoming widely used as a wellbeing therapy in all areas including the nhs, which uses reiki in hospitals and clinics to facilitate a speedier recovery, promote relaxation, and provide comfort for patients post trauma.


reiki can help rebalance our emotions, and help to deal with external experiences more positively.  it can provide renewed clarity to respond instead of react in stressful situations, such as a work deadline or a blockage in creative flow.


reiki can help to adapt any restrictive beliefs we hold that lead to negative thought patterns, and the subsequent decisions we then make.  our beliefs are made up of repetitive thoughts, which we all have the ability to change through positive energy guidance. the physiology of the body will alter as your hormonal balance improves, making you feel better and allowing you to take better actions. you can transition from circumstances or projects more easily within your individual environment.


reiki can help us to clear our spiritual blockages to become more receptive to positive thoughts and behaviours.  when we feel better physically and mentally, we feel encouraged to be more confident in using our own intuition and internal guidance systems, which in turn can help us to re-frame an idea or work project that we may have lost momentum with, or even help us create new inspiration as our bandwidth expands.