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What is Reiki?

The practice of Reiki is a unique method of healing, based on similar principles to those of acupuncture, reflexology, shamanic and other light energy healing. It usually forms an integral part of the transformation plans for my clients. Developed in the first instance by Mikao Usui in Japan early in the 20th century, Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method healing and self-improvement. It is a gentle yet powerful complementary therapy that may be used alongside orthodox health care. As such, it expands treatment options.

A treatment feels like warm, gentle sunshine flows through you, surrounds you and comforts you. Some feel a sense of elation, well being and purpose that you may not have felt for some time. Whereas, you may feel a peaceful serenity or just feel quietly introspective.  Reiki gives you a balance of energy that is just right for you. People’s energy levels and outlook are often changed for the better as well as finding improvements in physical symptoms. It touches your physical, emotional and spiritual levels. It is a simple, natural and safe method of healing, not connected to any religious practice.

The Japanese word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s wisdom or higher power” and ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually spiritually guided life force energy. Eastern medicine has always recognised and worked with this energy, which flows through all living things and is vital to well-being. Known as ‘ki’ in Japan, ‘chi’ in China and ‘prana’ in India. Acupuncture, T’ai chi and Yoga are also based on the free-flow of this energy in a person.

The life force is responsive to thoughts and feelings.  It becomes disrupted when we accept, either consciously or unconsciously, negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves. These negative thoughts and feelings attach themselves to the energy field and cause a disruption in the flow of life force. This diminishes the vital function of the organs and cells of the physical body. Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a a healthy and natural way.

What are the Benefits?

Illness can be a time of great stress. Reiki can help us cope by encouraging relaxation and bringing balance to both mind and emotions.

Reiki encourages and supports positive personal choices, such as improving diet, taking more exercise, devoting time for rest or leisure activities, and may reduce the need for alcohol and tobacco. Engendering greater inner harmony and balance, regular Reiki treatments promote a calmer response to life’s challenges.

Reiki’s gentle energy is easily adapted to most medical conditions and may be used safely by people of all ages, including the newborn, pregnant mothers, surgical patients, the frail and the elderly, in any situation.

Being complementary, Reiki works effectively alongside orthodox healthcare and natural remedies, expanding treatment options.

Reiki can enhance everyday living, and regular sessions may help to promote development of a healthier, more resourceful state of being.

Note: Reiki is being used in various settings including private practice, complementary therapy centres, GP surgeries, hospitals, hospices, cancer support groups, post-operative recovery, drug rehabilitation, prisons, HIV/AIDS centres, and in the care of the elderly.

What Happens During A Session?

A Reiki treatment is non-diagnostic, non-interventionist, non-manipulative and no pressure is applied.

A session is usually carried out with the recipient lying down or sitting, in a comfortable and peaceful environment. There is no need to remove any clothing as Reiki energy passes easily through all materials, including plaster casts.

The practitioner places their hands gently on or over the body. The recipient automatically draws in only as much Reiki as is needed, using it in whatever way is most appropriate at the time.

Reiki may be experienced as a flow of energy, mild tingling, warmth, coolness, other sensations, or nothing at all. Reiki is deeply relaxing and has a profoundly calming effect. It is a good idea to rest for a while afterwards and drink plenty of water over the next few days. Be responsive to the needs of your body, eg resting if tired, and allow the energy to continue its work after the session ends.

Distant Reiki

We can also perform a treatment of reiki via skype. This is because it doesn’t matter where in the world you are, you can still receive the energy as I can connect with you anywhere.

How often do I need to have a treatment?

Even one single Reiki session can make a difference; however a course of regular treatments may be more effective. At Bluebird Bliss Reiki, I recommend 6 treatments at weekly intervals.


Reiki does not take the place of conventional medicine. Always consult a GP for an acute or infectious condition, and problems of urgent concern.


I work on a donation basis on a sliding scale between 30 and 50 euros a session and depending on where you live, I may ask for something towards cost and time to travel.