So, you want to know what reiki is all about but you’re super busy (which probably means you *really* need a treatment). This quick-fire summary will answer your most pressing questions.
What is reiki? An energetic massage. It clears out stagnant energy that’s draining you and holding you back, and replaces it with fresh loving energy so you feel restored and at peace.
Who needs reiki? Anyone who is stressed, exhausted, emotional, jaded, sleep-deprived, wrestling with doubts and fears, struggling to move forward… (so basically everyone!).
What does reiki feel like? You know that feeling you get from savasana at the end of yoga? Like that, but deeper.
The benefits? Stress relief and relaxation. Reassurance and emotional healing. Deeper sleep.
Appointment length? One hour.
Do you offer distance healing, or do clients have to be in Sydney? I offer distance reiki sessions to people around the world.
How do people book? Hit the 'book a session' button!
How does it work?
This ancient Japanese form of healing was devised by Mikao Usui, a Tendai Buddhist priest, in 1920. Reiki (pronounced RAY-KEY) translates as: rei = spiritual energy/wisdom; ki = life force energy. It works with the seven chakras* (the main energy centres in the body) to realign the flow of life force energy through the body to achieve a state of balance, harmony, health and wellbeing – as well as a healthy connection to the self, others and the Universe.
When there are energy blocks present in your energy system due to negative emotions, stress or an overload of toxic substances there will be interference to the flow of ki energy. The result will be a state of disconnect, disproportionate reactions to people and situations, anxiety, a feeling of being blocked or constantly run down as well as physical illness.
The extra dimension I bring to my reiki sessions is my intuitive connection with angels, which means I can glean deep insights about where healing is needed in your physical and emotional bodies.
I hold qualifications in Reiki I and II, and my practitioner lineage can be traced back to Mikao Usui. I am a member of the Australian Reiki Connection (the Australian association of reiki practitioners).
What can I expect in a reiki treatment?
You’ll lie face up, fully clothed, on the table and covered in a blanket. You’ll close your eyes and drift off into a relaxed state. I’ll work above you in your energy field, which is just outside your body, cleansing your chakras* and sending new positive energy into them. I’ll also realign key energy pathways – through your shoulders, hips, arms, legs and feet – so that your life force can flow through you smoothly. Afterwards we’ll talk about where energy was blocked and how you can move forward. My aim is to highlight the areas in your life which might need your attention, so you get long-term benefits.
What does reiki feel like?
It’s different for everybody. You may feel warm energy flowing through your body. You may occasionally feel a light pressure – even though I’m not actually touching you (energy can be heavy, even though it’s invisible to most of us). You may simply feel a lightness. The most important thing to know is that it doesn’t hurt – it is very soothing.
If energy can’t be seen, how do you know where it is blocked or missing?
I can feel it, and how it’s moving – whether it’s stagnant, heavy or flowing beautifully. Sometimes it’s really hot to the touch. Because I also work within the angelic realm, I’m constantly talking to your guardian angels to give me information on where healing is needed.
How will I feel after a reiki session?
Super relaxed, like a weight has been lifted. You’ll be extra thirsty and you’ll sleep like a log. You may also receive lots of great ideas and insights, because your intuition gets a tune-up during reiki. Plus, it’s always much easier to receive creative ideas when the everyday dross has been cleared away.
Is reiki a one-off thing, or ongoing?
Because we’re constantly being exposed to stress, fearful situations and other people’s energies, our emotional health needs a tune-up on the regular – much like our muscles need frequent massages – and that’s where ongoing reiki sessions can help. Some clients like to come every six weeks or so, or just whenever they need a treatment for relaxation.
How do I choose a reiki practitioner?
You should choose someone who belongs to a professional association, such as the Australian Reiki Connection, and who holds Reiki II certification (or higher). Beyond that, you need to go with your gut – whatever practitioner feels like a good fit for you. As with everything in life, trust your intuition.
There are seven major chakras (energy pathways) we target in reiki. Click on the name for a more detailed explanation of how imbalances affect your wellbeing:
The base chakra – associated with our connection to family and to our body, feelings of safety and our material needs (money, food, shelter).
The sacral chakra – where emotions get blocked. Also associated with creativity and sexual energy.
The solar plexus chakra – our seat of power, associated with self-esteem. When it’s out of balance we struggle to take responsibility and move forward in life.
The heart chakra – associated with our ability to freely give and receive love. Gets blocked by heartbreak and grief.
The throat chakra – our communication centre, which allows us to express ourselves to get what we want and need.
The third eye chakra – associated with intuition and perception. Allows us to understand what’s really going on in situations and relationships.
The crown chakra – where we receive messages and guidance from the Universe. Often blocked in people who aren’t grounded and don’t sleep well.