Frequently Asked Questions

Reiki is a Japanese form of stress reduction and relaxation that practitioners say promotes healing. The idea is that energy flows from the practitioner’s hands into the client. It’s that energy that creates the relaxation and healing effect.

Your practitioner will invite you into a private room and ask you about any particular issues you would like to address. Then you will lie fully clothed on a massage table or sit in a chair. In most cases, the practitioner will ask you to take a few deep, relaxing breaths before the session starts. A typical session runs between 30 and 60 minutes during which practitioners gently place their hands on or slightly above your body as they travel from head to toes (or toes to head) with the intention of moving energy.

During the session, you might notice a warming sensation in certain areas. In other areas, you might not notice anything at all. Even if you come in with a particular problem area, you may experience a sense of relaxation that affects your whole body. You might even fall asleep during the session!

Every person who tries reiki has a different experience. Your experience from session to session can vary as well. Many people report feeling a sense of calm in their bodies. Others report reduced pain or a clearer mind. Some people say they notice old symptoms resurfacing in a sort of “healing reaction,” but those symptoms pass quickly.

No. It’s a gentle therapy that’s safe for anyone, including babies and seniors.

Wear comfortable clothes that you can relax in. If you’re coming from the office, feel free to bring a change of clothes — just be sure to check with the practitioner before your session to make sure there’s a place for you to change. Miles recommends dressing in layers so you can add or remove clothing during the session, if needed.

Finally, make sure you remove belts and other bulky items before the session starts.  

No. Religions are usually involved with issues such as the afterlife, sin, salvation, etc. and have a doctrine or code that one must believe in in order to be a part of the religion. Reiki does not deal with these things. Reiki is a simple healing technique. It does not require one give up one’s religion or change one’s spiritual beliefs in any way to practice or receive it.
First of all, a distinction must be made made between healing and curing. Healing is when you go to the root of the problem and restore the body’s balance. Curing is what is normally considered done when you actually remove the problem (but maybe not the cause).


When you have surgery you can remove the “sick” organ or tissue but this might not solve the problem as the procedure often does not solve the underlying problem. One can also be healed but not cured, i.e. your body is in balance but you still have a medical problem.

No promises can be made about the outcome of the use of Reiki (or any other healing system including conventional medicine). It all depends on you, your intent, your background and the nature of your problem. Healing is a different experience and has different effects on every individual.

A big step towards healing yourself is to actually realize your need for healing

You will receive Reiki fully clothed while lying down on a treatment table. If you are uncomfortable with lying down, Reiki can also be received while being comfortably seated down.


Reiki is offered through light, non-invasive touch with the practitioner’s hands placed and held on a series of locations on the head and front and back of the torso. The placement of the hands is never intrusive or inappropriate, nor should there be any pressure. In most cases, no direct contact is involved between the practitioner and you

A Reiki session is a unique experience for everyone, but you may feel certain sensations when receiving Reiki. Common sensations are heat, tingling, pulsing and cold, just to name a few. Some people feel no sensation of any kind at all. Sensations, or the absence of it, simply relate to the person’s sensitivity to energy. Reiki flows regardless of whether you feel it or not.

A single session can already bring noticeable improvement!


Reiki is cumulative so it can be beneficial to receive a series of sessions to help get more lasting results. Typically clients come weekly for one month and then begin to space out sessions to bi-weekly and then monthly.

We will discuss with your to personalise a treatment plan after your first session.

No. Reiki works in conjunction with regular medical or psychological treatment. If you has a medical or psychological condition, it is recommended that you see a licensed health care professional in addition to receiving Reiki treatments.

Reiki works in harmony with all other forms of healing, including drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method of complementary therapy like traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture and will improve the results.



  • Provides relief from stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Promotes a state of total relaxation and peace
  • Reduces or alleviates pains
  • Supports the body’s natural ability to heal itself
  • Accelerates physical healing of injuries
  • Balances the energy system
  • Brings deep and restful sleep
  • Promotes emotional healing and mental well-being
  • Assists the body in cleansing toxins
  • Supports allopathic and holistic treatment
  • Reduces side-effects from medications, chemotherapy, anesthesia

Reiki is a complimentary and not an alternative to your current medical plan. It is recommended that you continue with any medications you have been prescribed and continue to see your medical practitioner, or other holistic practitioners, unless you first speak with them personally. Reiki works in harmony and compliments all other forms of therapy. Reiki Practitioner does not diagnose nor prescribe – nor does ethics or law allow them to.

Babies, children & pregnant women can benefit immensly from Reiki. Reiki creates a soothing and comforting environment for the whole family. Most children are very open to the loving energy of Reiki and its endless possibilities and enjoy giving short treatments to themselves, their friends, family and pets. Reiki is very safe with no harmful side-effects.

No, there is no dogma attached to Reiki. You do not have to believe or subscribe to any form of religion to benefit from Reiki.


In the west, we like our medicine to have some science behind it. When we hear “medicine” we think pills and needles and some other really unpleasant things. What a lot of western society struggles with is the concept of health. We get sickness. We understand that medicine treats illness, but we haven’t quite wrapped our collective brains around the concept of promoting wellness instead of treating sickness. While reiki isn’t science, the energy, in the form of the electromagnetic fields we emanate, can be measured. Reiki healing involves very subtle shifts, workings and tweaks of that energy, and while there’s no way to measure it with science, people who’ve experienced it can absolutely tell you it is, in fact, real.

Having been taught in the so-called Western style, I am not qualified to speak about systems that have more recently been connected with in Japan. I understand some include a meditation practice. I would refer those interested in the various styles to Oliver Klatt’s book, ‘Reiki Systems of the World’, which is very comprehensive.

No. But probably someone with a completely closed mind wouldn’t ask for treatments!

Probably those drawn to explore Reiki would have general sense of there being ‘something more’ than physical matter.

Anyone can learn, and no particular skills are necessary. I have taught students from aged four to late eighties, and they all ‘get it’. Possibly those with some experience of body-work, yoga or the martial arts ‘turn on’ more quickly. What is needed after the initial training is a commitment to practice.

No. In fact giving a treatment can be as energizing as receiving. We are not using our own energy, neither are we diagnosing or directing it. We are simply allowing this Universal Life Energy to flow through us into the recipient, going to wherever it is most needed. However, it is important for the person giving to make sure they are physically comfortable, as they need to remain still in each position for some time.

No. Since we are neither directing nor controlling the energy, there is no personal involvement. In fact the less investment we have in the outcome, the more effective the session seems to be.

Occasionally we feel a passing twinge in our own body, indicating where we need to place our hands. A very sensitive person might feel the emotions of the person they are treating, but this does not last.

Ah! There’s the mystery. There are many theories, mostly taken from other traditions. When treating, I feel myself filled with energy and simply allow it to pass through me into the person. Personally, I am happy to enjoy the mystery rather than getting into theoretical explanations, but there are plenty of these around. Clairvoyant people can see what is happening, but most of us just feel it in the hands.

Self-treatment is a very important part of the practice, and becomes an integral part of one’s day. For many of us, we would no more forget it than forget to clean our teeth in the morning! A self-treatment might last anything from ten minutes to an hour. Half an hour is a good guideline, and this regular practice strengthens us and offers a much-needed space of quiet in our day.

Perhaps anyone open to change, since all healing involves change. And most of us are surprisingly resistant to change, however much it hurts to hold on to old patterns!  Sometimes people come to reiki when they have explored many other avenues in search of help.

This varies greatly between different systems, in timing, cost and in apprenticeship or class form. In Usui Shiki Ryoho we recognize that it is better not to rush the process.  Eastern traditions wisely have a far greater respect for time and practice that we do in the West, where we tend to want more, and more quickly. But each person has their own journey, and ultimately it is the commitment to practice and do one’s best to live by the Reiki Principles that lead towards mastery – not of Reiki, but of oneself.

Almost certainly, you would find great benefit from reiki. Imagine just making time to lie still for an hour or so, relaxing in the caring presence of another person, with no expectations. Better than a warm bath, for sure!  And stress being the cause of so many other symptoms, you would surely notice other good effects.

Reiki facilitates healing by unblocking and balancing the body’s energy or Chakra. There are seven basic chakra points on the body, including the crown of the head, third eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, sacral and root. The Reiki master will place his or her hands on or above each chakra point to transfer energy and promote healing.

Distance Reiki is a wonderful option for people who cannot come in and lay down for a hand on Reiki session. For example, people that are ill or living in different location. Reiki can be sent to a person, animal, situation time or place. As a Reiki Master I have the ability to send healing to you. Sending Reiki is possible because energy is not confined and can transcend time and space so it is easily transmitted anywhere.