About Reiki 

  • What is Reiki?
  • Three ways to get some Reiki!
  • Brief History of Reiki
  • What is Reiki Lineage?
  • Your Reiki Lineage when you train with me
  • Reiki Research
  • Any questions?

What is Reiki? 

Reiki is a very simple healing therapy system which anyone can do. Some people create the impression that only ‘special’ or ‘gifted’ people are able to give Reiki and as a result they sometimes give complicated explanations about Reiki and behave in what some might regard as a ‘weird’ way.

Well that’s not me ….my aim here is the try to give you some straightforward information about Reiki, where it came from, what Reiki can do for you and how you can get involved with Reiki too.

I want as many people as possible to be able to bring Reiki into their lives, as this can only do good for themselves and the people around them.

I will show you that:

  • Reiki is normal and ‘normal’ people all over the world are benefitting from Reiki everyday
  • Reiki is accessible to everyone, easily and cheaply


Universal Life Energy

Reiki is pronounced “ray key” and is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy. It is a simple but very effective form of natural healing.

We rely on energy in everything we do. We need energy to move our bodies, to eat food and take a drink. We need energy to get out of bed in a morning and you are using energy to read this page!  At times our energy is depleted and we feel tired, and in some cases this can make us ill.

There is, however, an unseen energy all around us, an energy which flows through all living things. Reiki enables you to absorb an unlimited supply of this natural produced life force energy.

This natural healing energy flows into your body in a powerful and concentrated way via the Reiki giver. In doing so Reiki revitalizes and balances the energies that are already in your body to improve health and enhance quality of life.

The Reiki giver acts as a conduit to channel this energy to the receiver (you, a loved one or your pet). Reiki treatments are safe, non-invasive, non-addictive and you are likely to enjoy the feeling of peace and contentment after a session.

No personal energy is taken or drained from the giver, and in fact quite the opposite happens as the person giving the Reiki also receive all the benefits of the Reiki session too. How good is that?

Reiki can only be used for the highest good and cannot be used to harm anyone or anything.

You don’t need to be ill to benefit from Reiki.

Many people take a proactive approach to their health and enjoy regular Reiki sessions as preventive treatment to help keep their body, mind and spirit in harmony.

Reiki helps you to revitalize, to renew and to maintain your energy levels.

So, you can use Reiki as an important part of any health care program.


Is Reiki a Religion and do you have to believe in Reiki for it to work?

Reiki is absolutely not a religion, or associated with any religious beliefs. Reiki works just as effectively no matter whether the receiver has a faith, or no faith.

You neither have to believe in Reiki or understand how it works in order to benefit.

However, the receiver of Reiki does actually want to helped with their problem or condition.

It may seem strange but some people don’t actually want to be rid of their illness! If this is the case then the Reiki, or probably any other kind of therapy, won’t work!


Where does Reiki come from?

There is energy all around us and energy runs through all living things.

Everyday we use up energy in everything we do, walking, eating and drinking, and even getting out of bed.

The pressures of life can cause our own energy levels to be depleted and we can become ill.

The energy that surrounds all of us, is channelled through the Reiki giver (someone attuned to Reiki) and then transferred to the receiver, either through hands-on or directed remotely, in a powerful and concentrated way.

Three ways to 'get some Reiki' 

There are three ways you can ‘get some Reiki’

1: You can receive "hands on Reiki" 


Someone who has been attuned to Reiki will gently lay their hands on you to transfer the Reiki energy into your body.


2: You can receive Reiki Distance Healing 

Someone attuned to Reiki Level 2 or is a Reiki Master is able to send you Reiki energy across a room, from a different town or from another country. I've been sending distance Reiki daily for over 22 years. Would you like some  Reiki Distance Healing sessions for yourself, your family and friends, pets or for events? If so, click on the button below.

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 3: You can learn Reiki yourself - quickly and easily  ** Possibly your best solution? **

If you want Reiki ‘on tap’ so you can give Reiki to yourself or your loved ones and pets whenever you want to then the best way is for you to complete a training and be attuned to Reiki yourself. It’s very simple, quick, easy and affordable.

I offer a choice of certified Reiki Training Packages, either Home Learning or Live Events, at Reiki Levels 1,2, and Master - all of which are accredited by the International Guild of Complementary Therapists (IGCT). Click the button below to find out more

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A Brief History of Reiki

Reiki was founded by Mikao Usui, who was born in Japan in 1865.

There is a rather pleasant account of how Reiki came to be, and this story has been passed on from Reiki master to Reiki student. Some in the Reiki world believe and support this story, where there are others that don’t.

I’m not sure …. I’d like to believe this account in its entirety but there are some flaws …. none the less whether you accept this account or not you can be sure that Mikao Usui founded Reiki for which I am truly grateful.

You can also be sure that because I have attuned you to Reiki you can trace your ‘lineage’ back to him. This is more important than whether or not the following account is totally true or has been previously exaggerated. You can decide!

Mikao Usui was the director and Christian priest at a small university in Kyoto in Japan.

He gave up his position at the university to study the ancient Buddhist teachings in a quest to seek out methods of healing.

During his research he became aware of the Symbols and Mantras (sayings) which are key to Reiki healing.

However, he didn’t know, at that time how these symbols and sayings could be used in healing. During his research Mikao spent a lot of time in a Buddhist monastery where he became a close friend of the head Abbot.

The Abbot suggested that he should take a trek up a holy mountain close to Kyoto as this might reveal the answers to his questions. He suggested that Mikao should spend 21 days on the mountain during which time he should fast and meditate.

Mikao took the Abbot’s advice but for the first 20 days and nights nothing happened, no matter how much he focussed on his meditation.

But on the last day of his fast Mikao went deep into meditation. He saw a bright light shining in the sky. This light quickly moved towards him, striking him in the middle of his forehead.
He felt this light enter his body and he felt as if his whole body was awash with this bright light.

In front of him he saw vivid coloured lights followed by an almost blinding white light.
In the centre of the white light he could see the symbols that he had discovered during his research into the Buddhist teachings.

He now knew how these symbols and mantras could be used to provide healing. He felt an enormous energy boost, his body overflowing with a powerful healing force. This incredible occurrence had given him the answers he had so keenly wanted to find.

Mikao rushed down from the mountain and in his haste stubbed and badly cut his toe. He wrapped his hands around the bleeding toe and was amazed that the blood flow stopped and the pain disappeared straight away. This proved to him that indeed he was now able to bring about rapid healing.

He returned to the monastery where he spent several more weeks, developing and working with his newly found healing powers. After a while Mikao left the monastery and spent the next seven years healing the sick in the slum areas of Kyoto.
Although he had numerous successes he realised that there was something more important than just healing his patients physical symptoms. People should actually want to be healed and that the sick persons own self-belief and attitude was an important part of the healing process.

He went on to help countless victims of the devastating Kanto earthquake in Tokyo in 1923. Mikao Usui became well known and respected for his healing work and was in great demand to share his teachings across Japan. He received an award from The Emperor for his honourable work.

In 1925, a year before his death, Mikao initiated Dr Chijiro Hayashi, a retired naval officer, in the Reiki method and declared him his successor.

 Once suitably trained Dr Hayashi set up a clinic in Tokyo and adapted some of Mikao’s teachings including developing a set of ‘standard’ hand positions suitable for clinic use.


Mikao continued to travel around Japan … not an easy task in those days … until he died of a stroke on March 9th, 1926 aged 62

 In 1938 Dr Hayashi attuned Mrs Hawayo Takata as a Reiki Master. Mrs Takata a Japanese lady who lived in Hawaii, had been completely cured of her tumours at Hayashi’s clinic in Japan and had decided to stay on as his student. It is believed that she was the only Reiki Master until 1976.

 By the time she died in 1980 Mrs Takata had initiated 22 Reiki Masters.

 One of these 22 Reiki Masters included her grand-daughter Phyllis Lei Furumoto, who in 1983 was recognised as a Grand Master of Reiki.

Through Mrs Takata and those that Phyllis Furumoto initiated Reiki became known in the Western world.


There are a number of Reiki styles that have been developed over the years and the one which I practise is Usui Shiki Ryoho, which means Usui style healing.

My lineage, and therefore your lineage, can be traced back to Mikao Usui.

Therefore should you let me 'attune' you to Reiki you will also be able to track your lineage back to our founder.

What is Reiki Lineage?

In order to ‘trigger’ your own natural in-built ability to give Reiki healing you need to be attuned to Reiki energy by a Reiki Master, like me.

I in turn was attuned to Reiki by a Reiki Master. My Reiki Master was only able to give Reiki by being attuned herself by another Reiki Master.

If you continue this process back the attunements include direct links Phyllis Lei Furumoto, Mrs Hawayo Takata, Dr Chijiro Hayashi and Mikao Usui

Your Reiki Lineage When You Train With Me

Join me on one of my Home Learning Packages or Live Courses and this will be YOUR lineage


Mikao Usui

Dr Chujiro Hayashi

Mrs Hawayo Takata

Phyllis Lei Furumoto

Pat Jack Cherie A. Prasuhn Carol Farmer Leah Smith

William L Rand

Hazel Raven
Graham Raven

Padma O’Gara

Rob Fellows


Reiki Research 

Over the years many Reiki clinical trials have been conducted and research studies published, which have shown positive benefits for patients who have received Reiki treatments.

The UK Reiki Federation have published the 56 page Reiki - The Body of Evidence 

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You can access a wide number of Reiki research findings at the Center for Reiki Research.


In the main, so far, these trials have been on humans but I’m sure in time, papers will be published on the effects of Reiki on animals. 

If you come across any will you please let me know?

Thank you

You may still have some questions?

You May Still Have a Few Questions? 

Hopefully you have found all you need to know on this site ... but if not do feel free to contact Rob