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What is Reiki?

Reiki is a soft, gentle, non-invasive hands-on healing technique that uses spiritual energy to treat physical, mental and emotional manifestations without using any kind of pressure, manipulation or touch, if you would prefer not to be touched. Reiki is a holistic system for balancing, healing and harmonising all aspects of both the physical and energetic bodies. Reiki is also used to bring about personal and spiritual growth and awareness. 

Where does the name Reiki come from?

Reiki is a Japanese word (pronounced Ray Kee). It is said to translate as ‘universal life force energy’, however a more accurate translation is ‘spiritual energy’. Please note that you don’t need to consider yourself to be spiritual to benefit from Reiki, in fact about two thirds of my clients would not refer to themselves this way.

The word Reiki itself is divided into two elements:

Rei which is translated as ‘sacred’, ‘soul’, ‘spirit’, ‘wisdom and knowledge of all the Universe’ or ‘atmosphere of the Divine’. Essentially it is the Higher Intelligence that guides the creation and function of the Universe. It is the all-knowing that understands the cause of all problems, all difficulties and knows how to heal them. The name for this is whichever you feel comfortable with - Source, The Creator, The Divine, The Universe, All That Is.

Ki is translated as the life force energy which flows through every living being – human, animal, plant – and is present in some form in everything around us. Conceptually it embodies that we are all just energy and vibration. Everything around us is , from the trees in your garden to the coffee table in your front room.

What are Reiki’s origins?

Reiki is spiritual energy, direct from Source, and has been with us since the Universe as we know it was created. There are, however, two forms of Reiki used today; Japanese Reiki and Western Reiki.

In Japan, Reiki is any kind of healing using spiritual energy. In the West, it is the healing practice developed by a Japanese Buddhist Priest, Dr Mikao Usui in the 1920s, called Usui Reiki Ryoho, which means Usui Spiritual Energy Healing Method. It is this method that is now widely known as Reiki.

The story of how Mikao Usui (a scholar who taught in a Christian seminary) came across Reiki is this. One day a student challenged him by asking him if he believed in the stories the bible told of Jesus’ healing abilities, and if so, when were they to be taught to heal? As Mikao was a man of honour, it is said that upon realising he could not teach his students this, he dedicated the rest of his life to finding out just how Jesus and The Buddha had been able to work such wonders of healing. He travelled far and wide before ending up in a Buddhist monastery where he was told to meditate to find the answers he was seeking. He decided to begin a 21-day fasting retreat at the top of a treacherous mountain top. It was there cold, weak and close to death that he saw the great light above him and received his ‘spiritual empowerment’ (empower means to ‘give’ or enable’, and spiritual empowerment means to ‘transfer wisdom, insight and ability’ through an inpouring of spiritual energy). In his excitement to descend the mountain, he cut his foot. When holding it in his hands, the bleeding stopped, and the pain disappeared. And there, Reiki, as we know it now, was born.

What does Reiki feel like?

Everyone will have a different experience of Reiki. I have clients who fall asleep, others who feel cold, some whose temperatures increase, some even see colourful lights as I move through the chakras. Some Reiki clients feel the energy shift in their body, experience pain as the energy moves and unblocks, feel light and floaty as if they’ve gone off somewhere else, see images, think of memories they haven’t thought of for years, cry, laugh or feel so relaxed I almost have to carry them off of the table! It is not uncommon for Reiki clients to experience a change in consciousness, a sudden realisation of the underlying cause or why a life situation is no longer right for them. The beauty and harmony are that Reiki works with so many different aspects of the being that the experience is vast and varied for all those who work with and experience it.

How long does a Reiki session last?

Reiki sessions can vary in length. If we are working with a disease, illness, persistent pain or life block, I will inform you in advance of how many sessions are needed to heal you. Each session will last 2-3 hours, including time for us to talk about the treatment, what came up, what was released and expectations during the week in between treatments. We will also discuss different Reiki tools for you to use during this time to allow you to process the emotional energy being released. If you are attending for relaxation, an energy boost or any other single appointment treatment, the session will last one hour.

How do I prepare for a Reiki session?

All I ask you to do is not have taken any stimulants or alcohol, wear comfortable clothing and be friendly and relaxed. The more relaxed your energy is when we start your Reiki session, the less time the energy has to work to calm you and so the more time is spent on your healing, relaxing and rejuvenation.

How much does Reiki cost?

If you are taking more than one session, to heal an illness such as Depression, Anxiety or Chronic Disease, Reiki session fees are £150 for the first and last sessions and £95 for all sessions in between. First and last sessions cost more as I do a full reading of your energy, pull together a toolkit, make suggestions such as nutritional ones, have a one hour chat to go through the energy scan in detail, and at the end of our journey together I perform a sign off energy scan and devise a sign off pack for you.

For a one-hour session, the cost is £65. 

Where do you offer Reiki healing?

When I work with you, I am not working with your physical body, I am working with your energy. This means you don't need to be at my physical location to benefit from hands-on healing with Reiki. Consequentially I can offer Reiki healing in person in London or via distance healing online.

When we work together via distance healing, we have a video chat before and after each session and communicate in between via WhatsApp. Reiki distance healing is just as effective as face-to-face and has the added benefit of not putting you in a stressful situation as you stay at home, calm and relaxed. 

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Please read more across my website about how I work with this wonderful Reiki energy to bring balance and harmony to those that allow me to share it with them:

I had never had Reiki before but decided to try it after having tried medications and counselling for my depression and anxiety. After only a few sessions with Kerry I am amazed at how much my depression has lifted and I am no longer held back by anxiety. I would definitely recommend Reiki with Kerry to anyone.


I am amazed at how much better I feel, a lifetime of depression is gone, anxiety and fear a thing of the past, and as a truly amazing side effect the physical pain and discomfort I was in is also completely gone - no more neck brace! I would definitely recommend Reiki and Enlightened Life to anyone, it has given me my life back


Really restorative! Kerry uncovered a lot of current and deeper causes for the way I felt and helped me achieve a much greater sense of self-awareness and clarity. Give it a go!!


Kerry has made significant progress with my lower back and neck pain. The sessions have been undertaken in a wonderful relaxing environment and Kerry is a very warm and responsive Reiki practitioner. Highly recommend!


I have seen Kerry 3 times, and every time has been even more powerful than the last. She has managed to uncover issues in all areas of my life that I didn’t even know where there, so I could finally address them and shed the weight. 10/10!


I was really sceptical about this Reiki stuff, but I was surprised how relaxed I felt after my session with Kerry and have continued to go back as per her treatment plan suggestion. Would recommend anyone to give it a go


Reiki with Kerry is amazing, it's like learning your own internal gossip, that you had no idea was there

Scarlett, 16