Did you know ... ?

Reiki was adopted by many senior officers in the Japanese navy, and actively practiced on board ships, when other medical care was not easily available.

In fact, there were even "reiki stations" in certain naval ports to provide reiki treatments.

The original students of Mikao Usui included senior naval officers of high rank.

Perhaps reiki is not so 'barking' as you might have thought, hmm?

Common questions about reiki treatments

Here are some common questions people ask about reiki.  Click to see the response.

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A : NO!  Reiki is a natural process.  It doesn’t matter whether you believe it or anything else.  Of course it helps if you do not actively fight it, but essentially it’s your body doing what it knows best - just getting some natural help.

A : No, you do not need to undress.  And there is no particular clothing required.  Just something you will be comfortable in.  The only things people take off are their shoes and their glasses.  It's probably better not to wear really heavy clothes (you might get hot) or bulky belts/buckles.  We provide a light blanket or throw for warmth and comfort.

A : After a quick chat with you to agree what we will focus on, you lie down on a comfortable couch with your shoes off, and we do the rest.  The room is comfortable and quiet.  We play some music (you can choose if you prefer) and you relax.  We normally treat you first lying on your back, and then lying on your front.  During the process, we may scan your body with our hands in order to detect any “trouble spots”.  We merely lay our hands on your body in selected places, and there is never any threat to your personal privacy.  We normally finish with a brief and gentle technique designed to rejuvenate the blood circulation.  Hopefully you find it a relaxing experience which regenerates you mentally and physically.  And if you fall asleep, so much the better.

A : Hmmm, ANY condition?  That’s a broad scope.  We prefer to say “most conditions”, physical and non-physical.  It is not a substitute for conventional medicine, and as such you should always consult your GP if in doubt. Equally although it can be used in an emergency, we would always advise that conventional medical help is sought in an emergency.  Reiki is probably not likely to be effective where there is a hereditary condition or birth ‘defect’.  Equally whilst Reiki will accelerate recovery where there is significant physical trauma, if you have a broken bone or a heart attack, we will not advocate Reiki as a sole solution.  Common sense prevails - we’ll happily discuss your situation on a confidential basis with you prior to treatment.

A : Well, it can be.  Some Western styles of Reiki base their system on a hands-off approach.  The Jikiden style is normally a hands-on technique to improve its effectiveness.  However in certain cases we do treat with hands above and close to the body, for example where a part of the body is exceptionally tender, or where there has been a recent burn.

A : You’ll be pleased to know there are no side-effects.  Reiki is a 100% natural treatment.  However that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any effects.  One aspect of Reiki is a process similar to detox, and as a result there can be some mild reactions.  We explain all this to you and give you a pre-treatment and a post-treatment sheet.

Remember, if you have any other questions, we're always happy to answer them.