Reiki (pronounced ‘Ray Key’) is an ancient art of healing that was brought to the modern world at the beginning of the 20th Century by the Japanese Mikao Usui.  The system of Reiki is a form of holistic therapy, a simple and natural form of energy medicine that anyone can learn and which beautifully complements traditional allopathic treatments.  Reiki is a Japanese term that means True Self or True Essence.


This universal life force energy is omnipresent in every living thing – it is found in every atom, in plants and animals, in humans, the sky, the earth, the air. The kanji Rei can be translated as ‘Spirit’, ‘Life’, ‘Soul’, ‘Inconceivable spiritual ability’, ‘Bright’, ‘Unpolluted’, ‘Pure’, ‘Divine’, ‘Mysterious’, ‘Blessing’. The kanji Ki translates as ‘Mind’,‘Spirit’, ‘Breath’, ‘Energy’, ‘Air’, ‘Invisible life force’, ‘Steam', Vital energy connected to the breath’. Whether we realise it or not we are all inter-connected, and this energy, this force (which is also known as Chi by the Chinese, Light by Christians, Prana by Hindus, Bio plasma by Russians, Mana by Polynesians and Bio energy by scientists) is what keeps us alive and leaves our body when we die.

Mikao Usui, founder of the spiritual practice known as Reiki Ryoho (healing art or method).

The eastern cultures have traditionally been far more open to therapies that place the emphasis on the non-duality between the body and soul. A Reiki treatment can complete and reinforce a ‘traditional’ treatment and can also relieve many secondary effects.  It has an effect on all levels of our being: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual and helps the body to regain its perfect natural state.  Reiki isn’t linked to any particular religion, although it is spiritual by its very nature.  It isn’t necessary to believe in Reiki for it to be effective – Reiki can have an extraordinary impact even if we doubt in its benefits.  A Reiki practitioner will not give any diagnosis, nor will they prescribe any medicine.


In a Reiki treatment the practitioner rebalances this life-force energy by lightly placing the hands on or close to different parts of the body. The recepient remains fully clothed. Alternatively, sessions can take place from a distance.


It is widely recognised that very many diseases (dis – ease) have their origins in stress, in habitual disempowering or negative thought patterns and in powerful emotions such as anger, fear, grief and guilt.  Reiki can be deeply relaxing and promotes a sense of well-being and calm, allowing stress and supressed emotions to leave.  A Reiki session can provide the ideal environment for self-healing and enables body, mind and soul to return to balance.   Reiki is gentle and non-invasive but the results are frequently powerful and effective.

“Our True Self is spirit, is bright, is unpolluted, is Divine, is energy, is our breath, is our life force, is our mind, is mysterious, is life.”


– Frans Steine

Kirlian image of a hand

The Benefits of a Reiki Treatment

  • It promotes spiritual growth & self-empowerment

  • It is deeply relaxing and can help the body to release stress and tension

  • It can accelerate the natural healing process

  • It helps improve intuition, concentration, and creativity

  • It can ease mental suffering and can give/restore confidence, dispel fear, anxiety, depression and sociability and ease grief

  • It can help to relieve physical pain

  • It helps prevent and improve chronic infections and diseases

  • It can promote better sleep

  • It encourages the natural elimination of poisons and toxins

  • It can support the breaking of addictions

  • It supports and strengthens the immune system

  • It can speed recovery after surgical intervention

  • It can help improve suppleness, flexibility, and  fluidity of movement

  • It can reduce miscellaneous aches and pains linked to ageing

  • It can increase vitality

  • It provides comfort at the end of life and can help to make the transition more peaceful

  • It is suitable for everyone; adults, babies, toddlers, children, the elderly and pets

Peta Morton Reiki healer

The Reiki Precepts

““The secret art of happiness through many blessings. The spiritual medicine for all illness.


Just for today

Do not anger

Do not worry

Be grateful

Work honestly

Be compassionate to yourself and others.


Morning and night, join your hands in prayer and repeat these words out loud and in your heart for the improvement of body and mind."


– Mikao Usui

What happens during a Reiki Session?