Reiki - what is it?

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is given by "laying on hands" (although it can also be given with the hands just off the body) and is based on the principle that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and gives us life. This is what the Chinese might describe as "Chi", or Indian healing traditions might call "Prana".  As a practitioner I often feel Reiki as heat coming out of my hands and Reiki energy automatically flows when I offer any TRE interventions or during Lomi Lomi massage.  As a stand alone treatment it can be deeply relaxing/calming and promote healing (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) as well as boosting the immune system. Clients often describe feeling warmth and relaxation spreading through their bodies during sessions, they often also report it to be much more powerful than they expected so I don't recommend it in the early stages of learning TRE.

Bodywork can be immensely nourishing as well as supporting other healing modalities such as TRE. Touch can sooth the nervous system, and deeply reassure and ground us body, mind and emotion.  As Reiki is given with clothes on, it can be a gentle way into receiving touch.

What happens in a session?

During a Reiki session clients lie fully clothed in a position that is relaxing for them. I have bankets and pillows to add for warmth & comfort.

I place my hands on or near the main energy centres of the body,  starting at the feet and moving upwards.  I generally spend about 5 mins on each centre, of which there are 7.  At the end of the treatment clients are left to relax for 5 minutes and integrate the experience.


Many clients find the touch of hands deeply comforting, however if any areas of the body are too sensitive to be touched (due to pain or discomfort for example), Reiki can be offered in this touch-free way.


I received my Level 2 Attunements and practitioner training from Elahn Keshava in 2004, at Shekinashram, Glastonbury.

What clients are saying

Receiving Reiki from Deborah was a lovely experience.  It was gentle and relaxing (and I don't normally find it easy to relax).  I liked that it could be received fully clothed as I am not normally the kind of person who  has  therapies, but this was just what I needed. 



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