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What is Reiki Healing?

Reiki healing is a non-invasive complementary therapy which is safe for adults, children, babies, mothers-to-be and animals. However, it is not meant to replace orthodox medicine but to support it. Reiki practitioners must not diagnose health problems, and we kindly ask you to follow your medical doctor's or your pet's veterinary surgeon's advice.

Reiki is a Japanese word, pronounced Ray-Key, which is usually translated as 'universal' (Rei) 'life-force energy' (Ki). The energy Ki is also known as Chi or Qi in Chinese healing tradition and Prana in Indian Yogic and Ayurvedic healing tradition.


Reiki healing is based on the principle that the practitioner channels energy into the client to activate the client's natural healing potential, to balance their energy centres and so to restore wellbeing. It works on all four levels of the being: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

As a universal life-force energy Reiki flows through every living being, and a Reiki session enhances wellbeing in humans, animals, and plants alike.

Reiki healing is not based on any religion, belief or faith but has been used for thousands of years by various cultures and civilisations. The form we practice here was introduced by the Japanese Dr Mikao Usui (1865-1926). 

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Reiki Healing Sessions

Ideally Reiki sessions take place in a calm and meditative environment where the recipient can relax as much as possible without distractions. For this reason I usually offer human sessions at my therapy room and animal sessions in their home environment, but this can be adjusted to needs.

The human client stays fully clothed, either lying down on a treatment bed or sitting on a chair, while the practitioner channels the energy by placing their hands on or above the client's body.

An animal recipient is seen in a limited space where they can move around freely, e.g. a stable, a room in your house or an enclosed garden. We want to keep them within sight, but we also want to avoid restricting them. The animal decides if they want to accept the offered Reiki and if so in which way. I can work hands on the animal, or off, i.e. from any distance which is comfortable for the animal. 


Reiki can also be channeled over any distance without seeing the recipient or being anywhere near them. This can be the right choice whenever the recipient is more comfortable in their own space without my physical presence, or when the distance is too big for travelling to a session


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