What is Reiki?

Reiki is a gentle transmission of universal life-energy, or qi, that works according to the needs of the receiver, enhancing energy flow, relaxation, and the body’s ability to heal itself.

The Reiki method originates from Japan, with the work of Mikao Usui (1865-1926), who practiced Tendai Buddhism and other forms of energy cultivation. Reiki itself however does not involve any particular religious beliefs. The energy transmission has been passed down in a direct line from Dr Usui to practitioners around the world today.

How does Reiki work?

Reiki works well in soothing or giving a general boost during difficult periods in life, and complements counselling. Reiki works on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. The receiver can be either lying down or seated. The Reiki practitioner places their hands on, or just above, the body, fully clothed. The Reiki energy is transmitted through their hands, and it gently flows to where it is needed and does what is needed, be that energising or calming, evening out or unblocking. The aim is to stimulate the body’s own healing response and to restore the natural balance of its energy flow. The root of imbalances is often an inability of the nervous system to fully relax, creating tensions, blockages and pain.

Who is Reiki suitable for?

Reiki is suitable for most people. Reiki practitioners are not qualified to diagnose, treat or prescribe for particular medical conditions. Neither do they interfere with any treatments prescribed from other sources. Reiki works as a supportive, complementary treatment. There are no known contraindications for the use of Reiki. Reiki is very gentle, but it’s wise to take it steady after a session, and rest if you can. There may be some mild detoxification effects, like needing to use the bathroom more often, or mild cold-like symptoms. These should pass quickly, if they occur at all.

What issues or problems are suited to Reiki?

Reiki can be used to treat issues such as:


      • Stress, anxiety, worry, overthinking
      • Insomnia
      • Headaches, stomach pains, backaches
      • General immune system issues
      • Emotional recovery from difficult life events and transitions
      • IBS and other problems with digestion
      • Problematic periods
      • Menopausal symptoms

How many sessions will I have?

This depends on your own symptoms, needs and desires. A general suggestion is to come for 4 to 6 treatments and then review how things are going. A one off session is fine too.

Reiki Therapists at Southside Counselling and Therapy Centre: