What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced ray-key), is a Japanese word meaning universal life energy. This life-force energy can be found in all matter, as matter is energy. Reiki is a healing system that is safe, natural, holistic and non-denominational. It can be used to treat many conditions, including stress, sinusitis, menstrual problems, migraine, ME, anxiety, tension, etc. It is safe to use on all, from the very young to the very old, and is also safe to use after surgery, childbirth and throughout pregnancy.


Origins of Reiki

We know that Reiki is an ancient practice, however the exact origins are lost in time. The ‘modern’ Reiki we practice now was developed in the early 20th century by a Japanese doctor, Dr Mikao Usui. Dr Usui both practiced and taught Reiki, passing the method on to many until his death in 1926. It is this traditional Usui Reiki which I use and teach, although I am also a Seichem Reiki Master and will incorporate this into my treatments.


How Reiki works

Reiki encourages the body's natural healing ability. It is an intelligent energy which goes to where it is needed; it can also be stored so that it is available whenever the recipient requires the healing energy, either at the time it is given, or many months later.

Reiki works to release blocked energy, cleanse the body of toxins and create balance. It helps re-establish your ability to take responsibility for yourself. A session will last for approximately one hour with distance healing also available.


What happens during a Reiki session?

You can either lie down, or sit if this not possible, remaining fully clothed. The treatment involves placing my hands either on the body, or above it, concentrating firstly on the energy centres (chakras), and then on any area which requires further work. Your experience is deeply relaxing (some fall asleep!) and you may feel warmth from my hands, or sometimes cold. 

Practitioners at Hollytree Healing Centre

Sue Fishbourne -

Angela Abbott -

Louisa Cook -

Su Winsbury -

If you are interested in learning how to use this beautiful energy for yourself, friends and family, why not attend one of our Reiki training days?


Reiki Ideals

Just for today, I engage in joy and peace

Just for today, I live in the present moment

Just for today, I am full of gratitude

Just for today, I honour myself and every living being

Just for today, I am kind to myself and all creatures

Just for today, I engage willingly and joyfully with my work

Sue Fishbourne, Reiki Master