The experience of Reiki is subjective, changeable and sometimes seemingly very subtle. People often feel heat in the therapist’s hands, but sometimes the therapist’s hands can also seem refreshingly cool. Other common experiences are subtle pulsations in the areas where the therapist’s hands are placed or cascading waves of pulsations throughout the body.
Some people fall into a deep, sleep-like meditative state. Sometimes the effect of Reiki is dramatic, with people experiencing remarkable relief from physical pain or release of long-standing negative emotions. For others, the first session in particular may be uneventful, although they somehow feel better afterward. The most common experience is an almost immediate release of stress and a feeling of deep relaxation.
There are no known contraindications to Reiki, which is why many hospitals are starting to offer it to patients. It is safe for everyone, including babies, children, pregnant women and elderly people, cancer patients and pre/post-op patients, among others.
Reiki is not an alternative or substitute for proper medical treatment, but it can assist with your recovery and make it more comfortable. It is considered a complementary therapy, meaning that it works hand in hand with your mainstream medical treatment or indeed with other holistic therapies. The NHS in the UK and hospitals in other countries are increasingly recognising the benefits of Reiki and are offering Reiki therapy for their patients.
Reiki can help to balance the recipient’s mind, body and spirit. Though not invasive, its potential power to heal should not be underestimated. Some of the things it may help with include: emotional issues such as anxiety, stress and grief; physical issues such as pain, post-surgery soreness/wounds, & chemotherapy side effects; sleep problems; energising you when you’re feeling physically/emotionally drained; detoxifying the body and improving overall health; releasing old emotional wounds; and improving concentration and mental clarity. This list is not exhaustive.
Reiki is not a religion. However, it can become a spiritual pathway for those who wish to learn Reiki for themselves, regardless of one’s religious beliefs (or lack thereof). To this end, there are five basic values on which Reiki is based:
1. Just for today, do not anger.
2. Just for today, do not worry.
3. Just for today, be grateful.
4. Just for today, work with diligence.
5. Just for today, be kind to others.
There are various options for treatment: 1. I can book you for a treatment at Utopia in East Finchley (www.utopiatherapyhub.com). 2. I can come to your home if you live in the following areas in North London: East Finchley, Finchley Central, North Finchley, Muswell Hill, Crouch End, Highgate, Hampstead Garden Suburb. (Please ask if you don’t see your area listed.) I will bring my portable treatment table with me, but for patients who have difficulty getting onto/off of a table, I can also give treatments while you’re sitting in a chair or even sitting/lying on the sofa. For people who are very ill, I can give treatment while that person is in bed, too. 3. Distant treatment, where you are relaxing in your home and I’m in mine. The effect/quality of a distant treatment is exactly the same as that of an in-person treatment. I know, it sounds unbelievable, but it really works! 4. I provide in-office Reiki sessions to support your business in building a healthy workplace and culture. Please see my Corporate Reiki Days page for more information.
Each treatment lasts 40-60 minutes. Please refer to my fees page for information on cost.
That’s fine, but I kindly ask for 24 hours’ notice. If this isn’t possible, then a £20 cancellation fee will apply.
I received my Level 1 and Level 2 certification at The Reiki Academy (formerly The Reiki Academy London), run by Reiki Master Torsten Alexander Lange. In September 2017, I earned my Diploma, the qualification necessary to register with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC); this is required in order to work for the NHS and charities that fund complementary therapies for patients.
I’m also a Reiki Master, which means I’m able to teach Reiki to others. In September 2020 I qualified as a Certified Medical Reiki Master with Raven Keyes Medical Reiki International.
Good question! Students of the Reiki Academy London are certified in Eastern and Western lineage, both of which trace back to founder Dr. Mikao Usui. Please click here for a detailed description of this.
Yes, I have professional liability insurance with Balens Ltd.
As a Certified Medical Reiki Master, I have received training that has prepared me to accompany patients into the operating theatre during surgery, as well as provide Reiki treatments in a hospital setting. Although many UK hospitals accept Reiki practitioners as volunteers in certain circumstances, they have not embraced Reiki practitioners as paid professionals who can support a patient’s medical team. Surgeons in the US are beginning to accept that having a Medical Reiki Master as part of the team when a patient is facing severe medical treatment and/or surgery can help diminish pain, anguish and stress. This can result in better outcomes. Patients who are facing any type of intense medical treatment and/or upcoming surgery, and who would like Reiki therapy as well, are encouraged to discuss the possibility with their doctor/surgeon.