I am a Reiki Master in the Traditional Usui system and, through Ripples, offer a varying assortment of Reiki healing, initiations and meditations.  Please contact me for any further information.

Reiki (Ray-kee) healing involves the placement of hands onto the body in order to channel energy.  It is an amazingly simple technique to learn and can be used by absolutely anyone.  It can help to alleviate emotional, mental or physical conditions, to aid other meditative practices or else simply to remove stress and bring relaxation.
You can choose to take a treatment or series of treatments from a practitioner (in a similar way you might see a physio, chiropractor, acupuncturist etc.), or better still you can become a Reiki practitioner yourself.  Unlike other healing methods, Reiki does not take years of practice; it is simply passed on through a series of attunements from a qualified Reiki Master to the student.  The master “fines tunes” the individual's own abilities to channel the energy in a similar way to tuning in a radio.  As soon as this initiation is complete, the student can then do Reiki and will retain this ability for the rest of their life.
Reiki is non-religious and completely safe - it will not conflict with any medical procedures or treatments in any way.  In fact it can be incorporated very effectively into any course of treatment, whether regular or ‘alternative’.

A Brief History
Towards the end of the 1800’s a Japanese man, Dr. Mikao Usui, was asked by one of his pupils about healing techniques such as those documented in the Bible: the so-called ‘laying on of hands’.
Unable to answer the questions to his own satisfaction, Usui endeavoured to find out, investigating ancient scriptures from a number of different cultures until he finally came upon the basic principles of a Tibetan Healing technique which he believed might hold the key.  After a lengthy meditation, he realised the core techniques behind the rituals and thus was Reiki born.
Dr Usui stripped away the ritual and religion of what he found until he was left with a beautifully pure, uncomplicated and uncluttered healing technique which he then strove to share with the world.  Initially only available in Japan, Reiki is now practiced by thousands, all across the world. 

What exactly is ‘Reiki’?
Reiki is a Japanese word which can be translated as Universal Life force or energy (Rei - universal; Ki - energy or life force).  Anything that exists contains this energy; in other cultures it may go by a different name - chi, or prana, for example - but it is the same thing.
The energy flowing within us is highly responsive to both inner and outward influences and becomes coloured by experiences, both good and bad.  It gets disrupted when we allow negative thoughts or feelings to affect us, generated either by ourselves or by somebody else.  This negativity infects our energy field and can cause disruptions in the normal flow, which in turn can cause us to become upset, distressed or actually physically ill.
Simply put, Reiki heals by flowing into the affected parts of the energy field and ‘washing out’ the negativity, flooding the area with positive, balanced energy again. The negative energy is dispersed and safely transformed so it cannot cause any further harm.
Usui  Shiki Ryoho

The Usui system of Natural Healing
Reiki is a generic word in Japan, used to describe any type of healing work based on this life force energy.  It is not exclusive to the system of healing based on Dr Usui’s method, although this is the assumption most people make.  The system of healing that evolved from his method is called the Usui system of natural healing, or Usui Shiki Ryoho.  This system is only one form of the all-encompassing term, Reiki.
The Usui system has evolved over time. In its current state it is much more organized and structured than the more intuitive method practiced by Dr Usui himself.  It concentrates on a number of fixed points on the body which are normally worked through methodically.  The more a practitioner uses Reiki the more she will find herself following her intuition, but for most people the structure and discipline brought by Usui Shiki Ryoho is most helpful, especially in the beginning stages of their practice.
It should be noted that there are also many variations within the system itself, so if one Master does not suit you personally, don’t give up!  Simply try somebody else instead.  You are sure to find somebody you feel comfortable with if you keep on looking.  
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