What is Reiki?

The Japanese word Reiki means ‘Universal Life Force Energy. The simplest way to describe Reiki in the western world is as a “hands on healing” technique. It is a non-invasive technique whose purpose is to treat holistically in a subtle and gentle way

The practice of Reiki is an original method of healing, developed by Mikao Usui in Japan early in the 20th century. Reiki works on every level, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. You do not need to believe in Reiki for it to work, as it is the intention of the practitioner which initiates the energy.

What are the Benefits?

You don’t need to be ill to benefit from Reiki. It can help us cope with day to day issues by encouraging relaxation and bringing balance to both mind and emotions.

Feedback from clients include feeling relaxed, improved sleep, calmness, coping better with pain and similar issues.

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

What Happens in a Session?

A Reiki practitioner does not diagnose and there is no manipulation or pressure used.

A session is usually carried out with the recipient lying down on a treatment couch, or sitting in a chair. There is no need to remove any clothing in order to receive Reiki.

The practitioner places their hands gently on or just off the body. The amount of energy used will depend on what the recipient needs, which is taken automatically.

Some people experience sensations during a Reiki session – mild tingling, warmth, coolness, other sensations – or feel nothing at all. These are all perfectly natural.

After any treatment it is recommended that you rest for a while afterwards and drink plenty of water to aid the detoxification process. Respond to your body’s needs eg: resting if tired, and allow the energy to continue its work in the days following the session. The beneficial effects may be felt for several days.


Reiki is a gentle yet powerful complementary therapy technique that may be used with confidence alongside orthodox healthcare.

It can be used safely with most medical conditions and on people of all ages, including babies, children, pregnant mothers, surgical patients, the frail and the elderly.

Reiki is not, however, an alternative to conventional medicine. You should therefore always consult a GP about acute or infectious conditions, and in connection with problems of an urgent nature.

Who Can Have Reiki

Babies, children, adults and even animals have all experienced the benefit of Reiki. There are no known contra indications to Reiki and it can be used safely on anyone.

Where is it used?

As well as being used on individuals personally, Reiki is used in a wide range of locations within the UK, including

• hospices,
• hospitals,
• complementary therapy centres,
• GP surgeries,
• cancer support groups,
• post-operative recovery,
• drug rehabilitation,
• prisons,
• HIV/AIDS centres,
• care of the elderly

Video on use of Reiki in hospital.

BBC's Inside Out London film from 2008 describing Graham's wor…

BBC's Inside Out London film from 2008 describing Graham's work at UCLH as a Reiki Healer

Posted by The Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust on Wednesday, 14 December 2016