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What is Reiki and how does it work?

Reiki (meaning ‘universal energy’) is a simple yet profound method of natural healing, that helps to rebalance in the ‘whole person’ (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually).

At the subtlest level, everything in the universe is comprised of particles, waves and fields of energy. This also applies to human beings. Health and vitality show up as an overall smooth and balanced energy flow, whilst factors such as unresolved injury or emotional trauma, lack of quality sleep, poor diet, an unhealthy environment or ongoing stress cause disruption to our energy flow, which can appear as uneven, weak/deficient or blocked in ‘problem’ areas. Conversely, ongoing imbalance in our energy field can also create further symptoms such as increased tension/pain, fatigue, depression or ‘feeling stuck’ in life.

Energy work/healing (for example acupuncture, shiatsu, tai chi, qui gong and hands-on healing) has been practised by numerous Eastern cultures throughout the ages as a way to restore or maintain health and balance on all levels.

Reiki is a simple yet powerful method of healing that helps to restore balance to a person’s energy field, thereby also alleviating related physical, mental, emotional or spiritual symptoms. Reiki therapists are taught how to connect with subtle universal energy and how to channel this into the client’s energy field. The energy naturally flows to the ‘weak points’ in the body that are in need of energy and healing. The therapist is the channel for the energy, not the ‘healer’ him/herself. The client’s body is the healer and decides what to do with the energy, prioritises where the healing is most needed – for example for the healing of an old injury, to release the unresolved emotions connected to a past emotional trauma or to boost the person’s energy levels or immune system.

Reiki can be given both hands-on/in person and from a distance. Since we are working purely with energy and intention, geographical distance makes no difference. In a distant Reiki treatment, the client is still able to perceive the energy as the practitioner is sending it and to feel its healing effects during and after the session.

The science: quantum physics is now able to prove that subatomic particles, once in contact and then separated over vast distances, can still influence one another just as when they were in contact. Scientists discovered that if they changed the conditions of one particle, the other particle instantly changed as well! Time and space didn’t seem to play a role at all: the particles acted as if they were still connected.

From where does Reiki originate?

Whilst Reiki has been around for centuries, it was brought back into use by Japanese Christian minister Dr Mikao Usui at the start of the twentieth century. After many years of exploring the subject of hands-on healing in various spiritual texts with limited success, Dr Usui re-discovered Reiki, its techniques and symbols in some ancient Buddhist texts. However he couldn’t work out how to actually put the teachings into practise. Desperate to find the way to implement the healing, Dr Usui went into a 21 day silent mediation in an attempt to find the answer. On the final day, he underwent a profound, mystical experience that gave him the ability to channel Reiki energy and to pass on this healing ability to others.

How does a remote Reiki healing session work?

For you to receive maximum benefit from your healing treatment, it is best if we can arrange a time where you will be able to lie/sit down quietly, in a peaceful place where you won’t be disturbed. You are also welcome to play soft background music if it helps you to relax more easily.

I will begin the treatment by connecting with you (using a recent photo image) and having the intention to channel Reiki energy into your energy field. The energy will naturally flow to any areas of deficiency or blockage where healing is needed according to the priorities of your body. If you have a particular area of injury or symptom then it is also possible to direct the energy there for part of the session: just let me know beforehand if you have any special requests.

What will I experience in a remote Reiki healing session?

You may experience a range of sensations from simply feeling relaxed or sleepy, to feeling heat, cold or energy running through your body, to old pains, emotions, visual images or memories temporarily surfacing as they are released from your energy field. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ – your healing process is totally individual to you. Your body is the healer and sets the priorities for healing. If you happen to fall asleep then rest assured that the healing will still be going to where it is needed.

If any intense emotions or sensations arise, you might like to gently open your eyes and look around you, to help you stay connected with the present moment whilst allowing the emotions to gently surface and release however they need to. Whilst it can feel temporarily intense, the subconscious mind will only release things that you are ready to deal with at any given time.

The healing changes can continue for up to three days after the session, most strongly for 24 hours. During this time, it is good to rest as much as you need to, drink lots of water and listen to your body to see if it requires any extra support with the healing process (eg particular kinds of food, extra sleep, self care rituals, more time to yourself to process the emotions or gentle movement).

Here’s an article I wrote recently if you would like any more information about distance Reiki healing.


  • 50 minute healing: £35 / 1,500 baht (or £30 / 1,200 baht for low income)
  • 30 minute healing: £25 / 1,000 baht (or £20 / 850 baht for low income).

* All sessions include a follow-up email summary, which allows you to understand and be involved in your healing process.

If you would like to ‘meet’ first or to talk through any of your symptoms, we can also arrange a short skype session before the session.

Mental/emotional healing is powerful form of Reiki, which specifically targets the mental/emotional layers of your being, and ‘brings up’ what still needs to be seen, felt and healed from your subconscious mind. This treatment is only suitable for those who have received at least one or two regular reiki treatments with me first.

To book a distant healing treatment:

Please contact me or email me directly at:

What do you need to provide before the session?

– Your full name, date of birth, current address and phone number (for my records)

-A list of any significant current health issues (physical, mental and emotional) and/or injuries. Any current medication you are on. Also a summary of your past medical history. Include any significant mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar, schizophrenia, etc.

-A recent, close up photo of your face, so I can direct the energy to you more precisely.

-Your times of availability over the next couple of weeks.

I will then get back to you to confirm a suitable date and time.  I look forward to connecting with you soon!

(*A final note: distance Reiki treatments are not suitable if you are currently suffering from a severe or unstabilised mental health condition (such as schizophrenia, bi-polar or severe depression) or if you have suicidal impulses. In these instances, it is better to work with a hands-on therapist instead to ensure that you get the right amount of support for your needs. If you are unsure about your particular case then please do get in touch to discuss things further.)