Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which universal energy or “Ch’i” is transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional and/or physical healing. At the bottom of the page are some links to website that talk more about the practice of reiki and its history.

My own adventure with reiki started while I was traveling around New Zealand. I had heard of energy healing and such things but my history with the fundamentalist church had given my a healthy scepticism for all things spiritual. But after three home-stay hosts in a row told me that I should look into reiki I found myself in an au pairing job literally less than a block from a healing centre. A few days into the job my lovely employer out of the blue mentioned that the healing centre down the street taught reiki and she thought I should go and look into learning it. Well, after resisting call for a few more weeks and giving myself a cold, I overcame my resistance one day and headed out the door. I burst through the doors into the centre, the gracious Sheri Buckland was standing on the other side as if waiting for me. “Do you teach reiki here?” I asked, quite rudely and hoping to be turned away. “Yes,” she replied, “come back tomorrow morning at 10 and we’ll start.”

I now have my certificate in reiki one and have been practicing since August 2017. For me reiki is not only a beautiful experience to give someone but also equally healing and centreing for my own soul. I don’t think reiki will cure everything that ever aled you, (though stranger things have happened) but I do think it is a easy way to find relief from stress and tension. Think of it as a meditation journey we can be on together to find and let go of things that no longer serve you.

During a session I would have you lie, fully clothed, on a comfortable bed in a low lit room. I like to play relaxing music and sometimes light incense to create a space where you can relax and take some time for yourself. The session lasts about an hour or so but I like to block an hour and a half so we’re not rushed and can enjoy a cup of tea and a chat together. We can meet in my home studio or I can also come to your place if that works better for you.


More about reiki: / Mayo Clinic Website / U of M on Reiki