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What is Reiki?

The practice of Reiki is believed to come from ancient texts rediscovered and developed by Mikao Usui in Japan. The Japanese word Reiki means 'Universal Energy'. Eastern medicine has always recognised and worked with this energy, which flows through all living things and is vital to the well being of life. The energy is known as 'ki' in Japan, 'chi' in China, and 'prana' in India. Acupuncture, Tai Chi and Yoga are also based on the free-flow of this energy in a person. As a therapy, Reiki is an effective and simple way of tapping into this energy, and transferring it for the benefit of the receiver, to stimulate the body's own natural healing potential.

What are the Benefits?

The energy of Reiki can be used to great effect in many ways. Whether one is suffering from stress or tension, and the many symptoms associated with this, or wishing to improve the quality of relationships at home or work, the beneficial effects of Reiki occur on many levels. Reiki can accelerate the healing of physical problems, balance the emotions, and free us from restrictive mental attitudes. It may also provide a closer connection with inner wisdom.

Reiki encourages and supports positive personal change such as improving the diet, having more rest, exercise or leisure time, and may reduce the need for alcohol and tobacco. Reiki can allow us to respond more calmly to all events, and build on a more resourceful state of being. Reiki is a gentle energy and may be used safely by all ages, including the newborn, pregnant mothers, surgical patients, the frail and the elderly, regardless of their state of health. Reiki can enhance everyday life, and regular sessions help to ward-off illness and fatigue.

Reiki is a non-invasive therapy that can be used without fear of any side effects or overdose. It may be used with confidence alongside conventional medication or natural remedies because it acts in a complementary way. Reiki is being used in GP surgeries, hospices, cancer support groups, post-operative recovery, drug rehabilitation, prisons, HIV / AIDS centres, and care of the elderly.

Can anyone learn Reiki?

The ability to channel Reiki cannot be learnt from a book or by instruction. To be able to receive Reiki, students go through a special initiation, which 'attunes' them to the Reiki energy. Over time this connection is improved through practice, and by actually using the Reiki energy on themselves - typically known as 'self treatment'. It is considered essential to treat oneself with Reiki, and indeed many people use it exclusively for reasons of personal development, healthcare and stress-management.

An initiation/attunement can only be performed by a Reiki Master (teacher). It is felt that this process harmonises a person with the Reiki energy so they can receive and pass it on to others. This process is not exclusive; anyone can be attuned/initiated to Reiki regardless of his or her spiritual or religious beliefs. Additional stages of attunements/initiations and the use of the Reiki symbols, further enhance the practitioner's ability to utilise the Reiki energy, focusing it for specific purposes.

What are the symbols?

The Reiki symbols are devices used by Reiki practitioners who have been attuned to use them, to focus their intent for specific uses and are an integral part of the attunement/initiation process. The Reiki symbols are held to be dear and sacrosanct and may vary across the different styles of Reiki.

Reiki Levels

1st Degree Reiki - Non Practitioner level, qualifies student to give treatment to family, friends and self.

2nd Degree Reiki - Practitioner level, qualifies student to work with general public. Practitioner must hold relevant insurance.

3rd Degree Reiki - Master/Teacher has reached Master Level and is qualified to teach.

How Long Is The Course?

The 1st Degree Reiki is run over 2 days with a minimum of 16 hours contact time.
The 2nd Degree Reiki is also run over 2 days with a minimum of 18 hours contact time.

Course Syllabus

The School is an Affiliated Member of the UK Reiki Federation and abides by their Code of Ethics.  The course content is based on their Draft Core Curriculum.

Course Requirements

Students need to bring with them pens, paper, coloured pencils and clear, punched plastic wallets for course notes.

Course Fees


The cost of the 1st Degree Reiki course, including handouts is £120.00, (deposit £20).


The cost of the 2nd Degree Reiki course, including handouts is £150.00, (deposit £30). Students will be required to complete 30 out of school treatments and submit documentary evidence to support their practice before being issued with a certificate.























Copyright Sue Lincoln 2004