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There are many questions that may arise when you are considering your first Reiki treatment or learning. We always encourage questions, and are happy to answer any queries you may have. Read on for some of our most FAQS. If you don't find your answer, drop us an email!

Where does Reiki originate from and how does it work?

Usui Reiki is a spiritual healing system,  commonly referred to as "Universal Life Force/Energy", founded by Dr Mikao Usui in 1922, Japan. A practitioner receives Reiju/attunements in order to connect them to Reiki Energy. This process is when an individual is reminded/reconnected to their own spirit energy and true nature. It involves palm healing by placing the hands on various parts of the body- often from the head working down to the feet. Reiki automatically flows to where it is most needed in the body, detecting areas of imbalances or stagnant energy during the process. This helps to bring not just the physical body in to balance, but also the spiritual, mental and emotional aspects. During the treatment the flow of energy helps to intensify the vibrational frequency of the recipient, promoting a healthier mind, body and spirit. Awakening the individuals own natural healing system or 'Inner Reiki." 


The treatment identifies the areas in need, toxins, and stagnant energy in the body, as well as assisting in developing a better understanding and connection of our mind, body and energy levels. The release of stagnant energy allows our Qi to flow more freely, so we can feel more in harmony and alignment. Reiki is available to everyone who is open to it, regardless of age, gender, race and religion. Even if you are skeptical, Reiki will still flow, as long as you are willing to receive the energy.


So what exactly is Reiki?

​Reiki is the name for both the energy and the system created predominately as a tool for spiritual growth. The self healing benefits is only one aspect of a much larger system designed to guide oneself towards alignment with Higher Self. Through a combination of different techniques, Reiki assists in reconnecting an individual back to Spirit, enabling one to connect to the natural forces and frequencies of the universe to benefit mind, body and energy. When you receive or learn Reiki it activates your own healing system, which in turn improves your personal energy flow/Qi. This non tangible energy source can be accessed by all who are open to receiving it.

It all seems all a bit vague, can you explain exactly how it can help me in my daily life?

Reiki can help all areas in your life. It is an energy system that works on the mind, body and energy levels, bringing balance and harmony to your overall well being. Reiki can help to identify the root of what is blocking your path right now. It works on a deep soul level, so it can often reveal parts of ourselves that we do not see so clearly in outer life. As these areas are identified, it helps to release any energetic blocks in the system so that Qi can flow more freely around the body. Once there is awareness to the root of the energetic blocks, it is up to the individual to set the intention to create the changes. This is where the real results take place- when the individual takes responsibility for their own healing.


Some of the cases we regularly treat include:

- Physical issues/illnesses from body pains, eating disorders, to long term illnesses such as cancer.

-Traumatic life events such as sexual/childhood traumas, past wounds/experiences.

- Fertility issues. Including those who struggle to conceive, miscarriages, IVF complications.

- Relationship issues- Conflict/disturbances in family, marriage, romantic and friendships.

- Work/Life balance- Those who struggle to develop a healthy balance between work/personal life.

- Depression, anxiety, insomnia, mental health issues.

- Lack of movement/purpose/passion in life.

​What is involved in a treatment?

Typically treatments are around an hour and involve the practitioner placing their hands on various points of the body to align and balance the clients energy system. Each area can be affected by the state of our mind, body and energy levels. The practitioner will channel energy accordingly to harmonize all levels. The Reiki flows to where it is most needed, identifying any stagnant energy. This is released this during the treatment as the Reiki energy stimulates a detoxification process in the body. Generally some information may arise that can offer additional insight that may assist you in building a better understanding of yourself. This is discussed briefly during/after the session.

We may use additional tools such as crystals/pendulum which can offer additional healing benefits and insight to help identify energetic imbalances. NO additional tools are needed to strengthen the flow of Reiki- however they can be helpful to receive the most out of a Reiki session by providing additional insight to assist a clients own awareness or understanding of themselves. Recalling memories are not always easy so don't worry if you do not connect with the information. This has nothing to do with the effectiveness of the treatment. However if you are able to see the relevance to the insight coming up, this can often help to create impactful changes in habits, behaviour patterns, thought forms, etc that may be blocking your growth. ​​

​Do i need to do anything special to prepare for the treatment?
No. Reiki can be performed on anyone who is open to it. It is not necessary to "detox" the body prior to a treatment by fasting, not drinking alcohol (it is advised however not to drink/do recreational drugs directly before a treatment), refraining from meat, avoiding sugar etc. Reiki sessions work through clearing you on a deeper level, so these aspects are not relevant to your treatment. It can also be safely used alongside conventional medicine, and during medical treatments and procedures. The only thing you need is comfortable clothing to lie down in and an open mind.

​What will i feel from the treatment?
Every Reiki treatment differs from each session, to each individual. Try not to have expectations or compare your experiences to others. Reiki works on a soul level to help clear any energetic imbalances that are affecting you or your growth in any way at the present time. These maybe related to present or past events, and will naturally come to surface when the time is right. Treatments are generally relaxed and commonly clients may fall asleep, feel energy movement, peaceful, or nothing at all. These are often just side effects and our own senses and can be interesting to observe. However these experiences are not the main indication of the effectiveness of the treatment. The state of your mind, body and energy levels after is the true indication. The more treatments you have the more sensitive and aware you may become to the energy. Occasionally clients can experience heightened emotions such as crying, heavy breathing, sweating etc, which is the body "detoxing" naturally. Do not be alarmed if any of these feelings arise, it is quite normal.

​Will i have any side effects from the treatment?
After your session most clients will feel a relaxed sense of state, up until the next day or so. One Reiki session is equal to around 4 hours of deep sleep.  Depending on how much your body "detox's' during the session, it is possible that this process will continue for a short time after. This may include: frequent bathroom trips, coughing, tiredness, etc as the physical body works on releasing the stagnant energy out. These are common after effects and again differ depending on each individual. Detoxing can sometimes see symptoms worsen for a period of time, before they improve. Heightened sensitivity and emotions are also common. This is quite normal, and part of our body's defense mechanism. On an emotional/mental level, some of the information that arises may be uncomfortable or overwhelming. Toxins are hidden deep inside our system, and Reiki brings them up to the surface to be removed. This is a necessary process which reveals our true state to assist our internal growth. All 'side effects" are temporary and generally last a short time. If however you feel uneasy for any reason, consult with your therapist immediately so they can put you at ease.

​When should i schedule my next treatment?

There is no recommended time for when you should schedule your next session. This can range from weekly, monthly, every 3 months, to never again. The best way is to use your intuition when you feel your energy system needs a reboot.

Treatments can bring a lot to surface and often may need time to digest and be worked on, before moving forward. Be gentle and patient with yourself. There is no need to rush with your own healing. If you are seeking Reiki for health reasons or working/struggling on a particular area of your life, then it can be beneficial to have regular sessions to encourage a faster healing time and movement in your life. Once a month is a good time frame to see impactful changes. Health issues depending on the severity can range from 1- 3 x a week to fortnightly. Once the practitioner understands more about your background they can discuss a program with you that is suitable. If you are a Reiki practitioner you should be receiving regular treatments also as well as daily/weekly self practice.

What is the difference between a treatment and learning?
There is a significant difference between the two, and learning should not be taken lightly. When you set the intention to learn your soul begins to awaken, preparing you for the next stages of your journey. The 'detox' process will be intensified and some students may experience shifts/discomfort/clearing a few weeks before as the body begins to detox. These may be subtle or much larger shifts. The process is much more intense than a regular treatment, and can be uncomfortable. Any pressure you feel is often a small test for your internal growth. The detox tends to subside after the workshop.

Why is it so important to have a pre assessment?
It is important to be in a balanced state before learning in order to receive the full benefits of Reiki. The process allows both sides to assess whether it is the right time to learn. Reiki is available to everyone, but it maybe more beneficial to receive a few treatments prior to learning. If an individual is in a very unbalanced or negative state- it is far more beneficial for them to receive a number of treatments to bring them into a more positive state before delving into any energy/healing work on themselves. Healing is not always pleasant, and embarking on the path of Reiki will reveal many deeper parts of yourself to be worked on. It is important that the individual is aware of this and willing to take responsibility for their own healing. Having a treatment prior can help to prepare and smoothen the learning process as it already begins to identify and pull up the deeper layers, in order to clear. There is no need to rush so take your time and trust the souls timing. It is also important for any practitioner embarking on spiritual practices to have a good understanding of what they may learn before making a commitment.  Having a treatment will allow you to experience for yourself the benefits, techniques and also get see if the teacher/system is the right fit for you. There are many different teachers and modalities of Reiki, so it is essential to find one that is aligned with what you are looking for.


I see many different names/types of Reiki? What is the difference? Which is better?

There are many different styles of Reiki, ultimately each one traces back to the original Usui Reiki system in some way. We teach "Usui Shiki Ryoho" system which translates to 'Usui Style Healing Method', and the system that was introduced to the West through Hawayo Takata. As with any teaching/system it is common that sub branches or modalities form, evolve and adapt over time. The key to finding the right type of Reiki for you is to research, check the standards of teaching/training, and see which system resonates the most with you. There are many new forms of Reiki that add new techniques or mix various elements from different methods, which can often over complicate the system. Reiki itself is a very simple and effective method. Another important aspect to consider is also your connection with the practitioner/teacher. Ensure to look into their background and do your research.

​How to select the right practitioner/teacher?

Reiki is becoming increasingly popular today, and it is not so difficult to find a practitioner/teacher in most places. Its growing popularity and varied teaching standards however can make it difficult to filter out the good from the bad. Things to consider:

1) RECOMMENDATION: The best place to start is your network, word of mouth is the best reliable source. Knowing someone directly means you can ask first hand from a trusted source about their experiences. Get a feel if it is something you would like to try. Good authentic masters/teachers do not necessarily advertise, so investigate and ask around.

​2) RESEARCH: Once you have found some recommendations, how do you decide which one to choose? Ask for the website/info, so you can understand more about what is offered, the training standards and reputation. Anyone can create a fancy website, but it is important to look beyond the aesthetics. Connect with the practitioner/school directly if you can, and get a feel of the authenticity.

3) CONNECT: It is important that you connect with the teacher/practitioner who you will be working with or learning from. Ensure you feel comfortable as the relationship between a therapist and client, and especially a teacher and student- is an important one. Have a treatment first if possible, before making a commitment. This may take experimenting if you are unsure. Do not be afraid to try out different therapists to get a feel, and to see who resonates the most with you.

4) TRAINING: Look into the Teachers background and the training structure. Reiki is a palm healing method which requires the therapist to transfer the energy through the hands to the recipient. (Distant treatments can be done without the client present.) In order to be initiated into Reiki your Teacher needs to perform what is commonly know as an attunement or Reiju which translates to a "Spiritual Blessing". The process that takes place is simply assisting the student to rediscover their own spiritual energy and true nature- Reiki. This is an important act between student and teacher and involves the teacher directly placing their hands on the student. During this process the student will receive exactly what they need, at that moment in time. We recommend to follow a system that offers in person attunements only for all levels. Reiki is a hands on energy transfer modality, and the passing on of the energy and teachings in this traditional way is an important and integral part of the system. The system of Reiki is much more than just the physical attunement which is why we strongly support in person teaching only. Much of the teachings can be lost without the physical connection between a student and teacher. Any reputable Master/ Teacher will be happy to answer any questions you have about their training and experience.

5) SUPPORT: Look into whether the school/system offers adequate ongoing support for students during and after your training. It is relatively easy now adays to find a teacher or system to learn the basics of Reiki. However finding a system that provides ongoing support and training for students is much harder to come by. Many courses will pass on the basic info, but once the training is over, students are often left to their own devices with little or no support on how to progress or expand their practice. This is often when students are left confused/fearful or disheartened as they do not have the full understanding of what Reiki can offer them. Ensure that the system you choose offers a good support system for students such as regular training practice, a positive group community/atmosphere, and a teacher who is available/approachable to answer your questions/concerns when needed. Your initial Reiki training is merely just the beginning steps in each level. It is the students own effort, growth and practice that will deepen their Reiki practice, and for this reason it is important to find a teacher/system that will support students every step of the way.

6) FOCUS: There are many different systems/lineages of Reiki available now adays, with many new "systems" and sub branches constantly evolving or being "upgraded." Finding a "traditional"  Reiki system is not as easy as it looks, even the original students of Master Usui were known to have been taught differently according to their needs and development. Each system will have their own strengths (and weaknesses), as each teacher will naturally evolve the teachings in accordance to their own understanding, focus and experiences. Look into what the system focuses on. Do they align with you? Some systems focus on physical aspects, emotional growth, spiritual development, as well as those that are more focused on the etheric level. Ensure the system that you learn with is well balanced, and works on all areas- the body, mind and energy levels. Most importantly it should be a system that supports your inner growth.

Do you do group shares or/and can i bring another person to join my session?
Reiki treatments are a personal journey and experience. We offer one to one for this reason so you get the most out of your treatment. Reiki works on rebalancing the energy system, so we find that it is best to focus on one recipient and minimize any external disturbances, such as other people's energy. If you decide to join a Reiki share, it is recommended to do your research first- check the background of the facilitator/group, get a sense of their experience in facilitating group energy, and ask any questions.

​Do you offer Reiki with any other methods to enhance the healing, such as bowls, gongs, chanting etc?
Reiki is a powerful, simple and effective healing tool that does not need any other method to enhance the energy. There are many beneficial energy healing modalities available when used/taught correctly, and each one will offer its own unique benefits that may resonate with you. However each energy practice will generate there own "detoxing" process, so if you are combining different energy practices it is difficult to know the combined effect, what you are potentially opening up, and the effect it will have on a person/group. Practitioners need to be responsible and aware of this- (are they able to hold the energy/space) especially when working with others. For this reason we advise to practice different modalities separately. Try them if you feel drawn, but treat them as separate practices. There is no need to add other methods. Keep it simple, and enjoy your healing in its purest form. 

​If you do not mix, how come you combine using other tools in your treatments?
Crystals/pendulums as mentioned before are used (if the client wishes). It does not strengthen the Reiki energy as it is not necessary- however it can be beneficial as it can offer additional insight in the treatment. Reiki energy works in harmony with everything of the highest of good, especially natural gentle healing tools such crystals and essential oils that have their own healing benefits. Using Reiki can help to amplify these benefits offering the client an additional layer of healing. It can be useful for those who may not feel comfortable with having a hands on Reiki treatment. In this way the client can still receive energy healing in the form of a crystal treatment-without Reiki energy if they prefer. The Reiki is used to help intuitively guide the crystals to where they are most needed, whilst the crystals do the main healing.  Reiki massage works in the same way. Through working directly on the sen/energy lines the Reiki guides the massage to the appropriate parts of the body that are blocked, allowing gentle pressure through massage techniques to release any stagnant energy in the body. We also combine Reiki with NLS Frequency scans to give a more effective and detailed analysis of the treatment. This combination can help to identify the root cause of effect in specific organs of the body. These techniques are only passed on/performed once a practitioner/teacher has a certain amount of experience & understanding to be able to responsibly manage the energetic effects it may have.


​How do distant healing treatments, and energy scans work?
Distant treatments are done when the physical person who requires a treatment can not be present. We go through the treatment in the same way as a hands on, and are particularly useful for those who are not nearby, or not in a position to get a hands on treatment. Energy scans are a quick way to check your energy system is in balance. They are a good option when you feel energetically "off" or uncomfortable. However we always recommend a full hands on treatment whenever possible for maximum benefits

Can anyone learn Reiki then if it is available for everyone?
Technically yes. If you are fully and correctly attuned by a qualified teacher, this will open you up as a channel for Reiki, allowing you to practice Reiki on yourself or others. Once this channel is activated Reiki energy will always be available. However simply being attuned does not make you a Reiki practitioner/master/teacher. As with anything, practice and dedication is needed to improve your Reiki, the attunement process is simply just the beginning stages of your learning. Regular practice strengthens your Reiki, sensitivity and own development. Only through regular practice and self work will your Reiki evolve. If you stop practicing then your learning effectively stops there. Reiki does not leave you, but it may mean that you may have to receive or give a few treatments to get the energy flowing again. It works only for the highest of good, and always flows exactly to where it is needed. If you perform it against someones wish, or not for the highest of good, the energy will simply not flow. Additionally, your mental/emotional state is also a key factor. If you are feeling unbalanced in someway, it can be that learning Reiki at that particular time is not the right moment for you. These are areas to be considered by both teacher and student before proceeding on the path of Reiki. It maybe more beneficial for you to have treatments for a period of time rather then learning.

I see some therapists do hands on and some are hands off? Which is the correct form? Why do some therapists massage /pat/stroke/tap? Is this Reiki?
Reiki is a hands on energy transfer system, so generally it is done with the hands placed on the body, but it is quite common for the therapist to also do the treatment off the body which works on the clients etheric aura. Hands off can indicate cleansing of the aura, or your energetic field which is also part of the body. This sometimes is preferred if the client does not like to be touched, or if the therapist is guided to through the Reiki. Tapping, massaging, stroking, patting, breath and gazing are also different ways that Reiki can be applied/transmitted. Each client is different, and the Reiki will naturally flow and be guided and applied in the best interest of their well being.

Iv taught myself and have been doing hands on healing effectively, does this mean i can perform Reiki?

A fundamental aspect of Reiki is that the student receives a physical attunement (reiju) directly from the teacher. There are many different and effective healing modalities around the world, but the difference is the attunement process that reawakens your connection to your spirits energy - Reiki. If you have taught yourself it is likely you are using your own energy/Qi. Depending on your development this can be quite effective, but different to Reiki which does not use personal energy. If a practitioner is not experienced and using their own energy, it is likely they will become depleted very quickly when using the energy to help others. It takes many years before a practitioner is able to fully understand and learn how to work with energy in a safe and responsible way, ensuring that their own energy system and wellbeing does not get affected. This can only be gained with experience and training under a well established system and teacher to guide you.


The word Reiki can often lead to confusion. It is the name given to both the energy, as well as the system. Master Usui named his system Usui Reiki Ryoho, clearly distinguishing the difference between his method and others that were already in existence during his time. (At least 4 other systems were known to have existed in Japan prior.) It is possible that some may become connected to"Reiki/energy/source"- (it is available to all) however if you have not received an attunement/proper training- you will not be practicing what we all commonly refer to as "Reiki". The physical/self healing benefits of Reiki is only one part of a much larger system designed for spiritual growth. An individual needs to have received adequate training in all areas of the system in order to be an (Usui) Reiki practitioner, not just the connection to the energy.

Is Reiki energy the same as our own Qi?

The two are interconnected, but essentially not the same. One perspective is that we can see Reiki as Qi at its most refined state. Reiki effectively works alongside our Qi to enhance it, releasing any stagnation that blocks the smooth flow around the body. When Qi is able to flow freely, the body's own self healing mechanism can function much more efficiently. This allows an individual to then utilize their own inner system to enhance mind, body and energy. When we connect with Reiki we essentially connect to Spirit. Once we are aligned to the same frequency, we can potentially access all the benefits it has to offer. Reiki energy exists all around us, but most importantly in every person. Everyone has the potential to access it. Personal Qi can easily become depleted due to external influences such as environment, emotions, physical health, ego, etc, and there is a limit to an individual's own energy supply. Reiki energy however is infinite, so is always accessible when needed.

As a therapist do you feel drained after a treatment?
A practitioner does not get depleted as they are using Reiki and not personal energy/Qi. There is no limit to Reiki energy. It is simple and flows effectively to where it needs to go, without being forced. If there is too much intention or will to force an outcome, even if it is for the best intention of the client this may result in the practitioner accidentally channeling some of their own energy. The best way is to allow the Reiki to work through you, and trust that it flows to where it is needed, rather then forcing or expecting an outcome. If personal energy is used then it is highly likely the practitioner will become depleted at some stage. Providing a practitioner is practicing in the correct manner and with pure intention, giving a treatment should actually have the opposite effect. The Reiki energy flows through both client and practitioner in a cycle, clearing both energy channels to benefit both receiver and giver. 

Can there be a transfer of negative energy between the client and therapist? Is this dangerous?

Reiki is a pure clear channel and works only with the highest of good. Negative energy is simply stagnant energy, and can not be transferred during the treatment. During the process Reiki energy is circulated through both the therapist and client, purifying and cleansing both. Stagnant energy can not be transferred, unless there is a block to the flow of Reiki. If there is a barrier in any way to the energy (fear for example) the therapist is imbalanced in anyway, or using too much of their own intention to direct the treatment, this can interfere with the circulation of Reiki. This is often when a practitioner may accidentally use some of their own energy, thus breaking the Reiki channel. This is a reason why it is important to check the credentials of the practitioner/teacher before hand and the quality of the teachings or treatment. ​It is common the therapist may feel uneasy or some discomfort when releasing stuck energy from a client, as the energy flows through the channel before being released. These sensations simply serve as an important reminder that the practitioner may have similar emotions/experiences in themselves that they too can work on. After a treatment if a practitioner is ever concerned they will often have some follow up methods to assist in releasing any left over energy residues from the treatment/room.

Is it safe to have a Reiki treatment during my pregnancy?

Absolutely! Some of our most memorable treatments are with our pregnant clients. Reiki is highly beneficial during pregnancy as the energy flows to both mother and child during the process. Pregnancy can often be an emotional journey, as emotions and sensitivity are heightened. Reiki helps to release any 'stress' from the body in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual state, allowing the energy system to reboot and align. This can be highly beneficial for those who are stressed/anxious/worried/exhausted during the pregnancy. During the pregnancy stages, the child is highly sensitive and receptive to the Reiki energy which can enhance the energetic connection between mother and child.​

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