My last seven clients (and a really nice review)

I often have clients, at the end of a reiki treatment, ask me ‘what’s normal to feel?’ The answer, as in much of life, is that there is no ‘normal’. As human beings, we are a remarkably diverse group.

By giving you an idea of the experiences of my latest clients though, it can show you the range of experiences you might feel, though of course, you might experience something completely unique.

This will be a mix of feedback from follow-up emails and observations at the time, and of course, spoken in general terms to not break confidentiality.

1. My latest feedback was from a client who is exploring issues from their past, and wanting to move on from them and heal. They said ‘Since the treatment I’ve felt great. I’ve noticed that I’ve felt relaxed and at ease.’

2. Another client was still hopeful that their second client would be as useful as the first, where they didn’t feel a lot at the time of the treatment, but noticed in the days afterwards that it had really helped what they had come for: grief at losing a close family member.

3. One client had a frustrating set of physical issues, somewhat mysterious, possibly the result of glandular fever. Their first treatment gave them a ton of energy. The second treatment made them feel both relaxed and really emotional. They’re still experience pain though, so there’s more to go for the healing.

4. One client received a treatment for their birthday! They felt calm after the treatment, and also a sense of ‘letting go’.

5.  Another client had extreme anxiety before some major travel: they felt dizzy and a ‘bit lost’ after the treatment, but in a good mood. They slept really well the next two days and felt more confident and relaxed.

6. A client reported that the treatment was “exactly what I needed”.

7. Another client (in fact, more than one in the last period) reported feeling sensations that they’ve never felt before in their body, so unfamiliar that they didn’t really know how to describe it. They generally found the treatment relaxing and calming, and enjoyed it, but also found the treatment strange and different.

Finally, I’d like to share with you a comprehensive review that a client, Laila, left on the Bookwell site:

Andy has supported me with his Reiki treatment during challenging times when I was seeking some stress relief and needed extra support, beyond my regular daily meditations. Even after seeing Andy my very first time and first time trying Reiki, it provided me a calm support and outlook that remained with me for two full week, despite having a really stressful week at work with new responsibilities and chaos. Normally I would have ‘freaked out’ a bit and stressed a lot, but somehow I managed to deal with it all so much better than I could imagine. I do really think the Reiki helped me cope with work. I have since then encounter further challenges and internal turbulences to work through and have found doing Reiki with Andy at those moments when I need extra support has provided relief and provided space to deal with things better. What I really appreciate about Andy’s approach and style is that he is very neutral and asks very simple yet powerful questions that makes you reflect on your experience. Andy provides a spot-on-summary after each session that captures the sentiment and experience perfectly without putting any opinions or trying to influence. I prefer this over someone telling me what to do or giving me advice based on their subjective experience. I appreciate Andy’s work and objectivity, and it is good to know there is this support availability for future challenges or if I just need to relax.

Discover the gifts and benefits of a session of Japanese reiki therapy, healing energy from an experienced practitioner. Visit my website or Facebook page for more information and SMS, email, call me or book online if you’d like to make an appointment. Since 2011, I’ve given over 1,200 reiki treatments.

Clients come to relieve stress, anxiety and for many other issues, or to just give reiki a try to see what it does for them. Folks come from all over Sydney and elsewhere to see me. While it’s easiest to get to me from the CBD, Darlinghurst, Paddington, Kings Cross, Redfern and Potts Point, I’m pretty easy to get to from anywhere in Sydney.

Music for reiki healing

Here’s a different than usual blog post! I’m also a musician as well as a reiki practitioner and I’ve played piano and written songs for many years. So I consider the music that I play during my treatments very important. I want it to be beautiful and restful, calming and relaxing, and maybe even a way to transport the mind to another beautiful place (and block out the ever-present street noise of Surry Hills and other random sounds).

Occasionally I’ll find a song that I like that has an unfortunate huge dramatic swell in the middle of it. I really like the music of Sigur Rós and Jónsi but found a few of the tracks have samples that could be a bit disturbing during a treatment (like the sound of a ship cracking, or children’s voices). I also don’t generally like the music that some people associate with massage treatments and new age therapies: too many sounds of bells and suspended, floating notes that don’t seem to resolve, or else the resolution is too simple and the music sounds too major key, too much like children’s songs.

In any case, if you happen to be on Spotify, you can find the music that I play during treatments. I’ve got three playlists at the moment. Find them here:

 

You can see (hopefully) that their names are ‘Reiki Spotify’, ‘Reiki 88 keys’ and ‘Reiki Third’.

It would be my pleasure if this beautiful music helps you meditate or feel calm or remind you of your reiki treatment.

Finally, a few of my favourite artists to give reiki treatments to: Olafur Arnalds, Max Richter, Nils Frahm and George Winston. Probably my favourite songs to give reiki treatments to: Bobby McFerrin’s Common Threads; Max Richter’s On The Nature of Daylight; Olafur Arnald’s Undan Hulu (though it’s hard to pick just one from Olafur); William Mathieu’s To the Well (with Bobby McFerrin as guest vocalist) and I love Jan A.P. Kaczmarek’s piano songs from the Finding Neverland soundtrack.

Discover the gifts and benefits of a session of Japanese reiki therapy, healing energy from an experienced practitioner. Visit my website or Facebook page for more information and SMS, email, call me or book online if you’d like to make an appointment.
Clients come from all over Sydney to see me, and I’ve also had clients who are visiting Sydney from Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast come and see me while they’re here for business, conferences or meeting families. While it’s easiest to get to me from the CBD, Darlinghurst, Paddington, Kings Cross, Redfern and Potts Point, I’m pretty easy to get to from anywhere in Sydney.

Almost famous: Reiki Surry Hills

Here is what I think is a fabulous video from January 2017:

I’ve thought for the last year that they (I won’t mention the name in case they’ve got alerts!) would delete the video but it’s still up so I might as well share it more officially with you.

You see, I got a call before the video, where they said they do neighbourhood guides, and that Reiki Surry Hills would be a nice sort of service or business to fit into it, as it’s a bit different.

So, I had this super-professional and beautiful woman drop by, Rachel Billsborough, with a very excellent camera guy, and they filmed this video (which was later edited).

Afterwards, they asked me to rent it from them for promotional purposes. I can completely see how this would work for some businesses. Videos can apparently be a really effective marketing tool, which gets way more attention than a static image or set of words. I didn’t have to arrange this or script it. It really was amazing to be given the opportunity to use this video to promote Reiki Surry Hills.

The problem though is that I don’t really have such a big business. It’s part-time work, which I fit in with my other professional work, as an editor of reports and documents, and I don’t charge a ton of money (like some places…) for the treatments. Plus, I’m getting as many clients these days as I want. So it didn’t make sense to invest money into using this video to promote my business, when I’m happy with how it’s going, and my Google Business profile, Bookwell appointment system, word-of-mouth, and repeat clients are keeping me as busy as I’d like to be.

Still, it’s a great video, isn’t it?

Discover the gifts and benefits of a session of Japanese reiki therapy, healing energy from an experienced practitioner. Visit my website or Facebook page for more information and SMS, email, call me or book online if you’d like to make an appointment. Since 2011, I’ve given over 900 reiki treatments.

Clients come to relieve stress, anxiety and for many other issues, or to just give reiki a try to see what it does for them. Folks come from all over Sydney and elsewhere to see me. While it’s easiest to get to me from the CBD, Darlinghurst, Paddington, Kings Cross, Redfern and Potts Point, I’m pretty easy to get to from anywhere in Sydney.

 

A reiki fan

Are you a fan of reiki? Well, this post might not be for you, as it’s actually about the fan in my reiki room? Why?

Well, it’s never failed to surprise me how many clients comment on the fan. After the lanterns in the hallway (which I should write about sometime too), clients always make mention of it.

I have a good story about it though. We knew we needed some fans for the apartment: Sydney gets so hot! The lower level of our apartment doesn’t have a lot of cross-ventilation either. I did a bit of online research and found the fan of my dreams. By the colourfully named company Big Ass Fans, I find the Haiku fans really, really beautiful. But the first price tag I saw on their website said, ‘starting at $2,000’, which is a lot of reiki treatments.

What we did instead was go to a local lighting and fan store, Beacon Lights, and looked up and managed to find one fan which looks pretty much like the Haiku. Not exactly the same, but pretty nice, as evidenced by all the praise I get from clients.

The designer, George Kovacs, called it the Artemis. He opened up a small store in Manhattan, focused on lights, and passed away in 2007. He mostly designed lights, but the design for the Artemis was recognised as significant enough to earn a place in the Chicago Museum of Architecture and Design.

If you’re ever in the market for a nice ceiling fan, you can find it here. As of April 2019, it seems to be on sale for $620 … which is a lot cheaper than ‘starting at $2000’.

It keeps us nice and cool during a treatment, and I believe that the more a client feels comfortable in a space, and happy to be there, because of the comfort, feeling or beauty of the space, the better the healing will be.

Discover the gifts and benefits of a session of Japanese reiki therapy, healing energy from an experienced practitioner. Visit my website or Facebook page for more information and SMS, email, call me or book online if you’d like to make an appointment.
Clients come from all over Sydney to see me, and I’ve also had clients who are visiting Sydney from Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast come and see me while they’re here for business, conferences or meeting families. While it’s easiest to get to me from the CBD, Darlinghurst, Paddington, Kings Cross, Redfern and Potts Point, I’m pretty easy to get to from anywhere in Sydney.

What if anxiety is our friend?

The most common reason clients come for a reiki treatment is for anxiety. So I found this recent New York Times article by Alicia Clarke interesting: how can we harness anxiety and see it as something that is useful?

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/16/well/mind/how-to-harness-your-anxiety.html

The article says that too much anxiety isn’t healthy, but no anxiety at all is not good (sociopaths for example).

She recommends that we think of anxiety as a signal, a useful one, to pay attention to what is causing us stress, and look for a solution.

We can also relabel ‘anxiety’ to think of it in a more positive way. If you’re nervous about something, you could think of it as nerves about how WELL it might go, rather than how badly.

Finally, she advises to aim for the ‘sweet spot’ where we use our anxiety as a friend (for example, to meet a deadline, or do something we’ve been putting off) rather than letting it overwhelm you.

I think it’s all good advice, and an invitation to look at the big picture. If a client comes for anxiety, and the cause is, say, a bad boss at work, or having to move apartments, then reiki alone isn’t going to help.

Still, I have had clients report back that a reiki treatment may help them be more relaxed, or deal with the anxiety better, or even have some inspiration about how to deal with it.

If you do have problems with anxiety, I encourage you: Ask if anxiety can be your friend. Try to allow some anxiety be useful for your life. And then for the anxiety that is uncomfortable and painful and not useful: explore different options so that you can find the set of solutions that will help you feel more calm and capable of dealing with life’s regular pressures and stress.

Discover the gifts and benefits of a session of Japanese reiki therapy, healing energy from an experienced practitioner. Visit my website or Facebook page for more information and SMS, email, call me or book online if you’d like to make an appointment.

Clients come from all over Sydney to see me, and I’ve also had clients who are visiting Sydney from Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast come and see me while they’re here for business, conferences or meeting families. While it’s easiest to get to me from the CBD, Darlinghurst, Paddington, Kings Cross, Redfern and Potts Point, I’m pretty easy to get to from anywhere in Sydney.

Note to self: keep doing your thing.

My teacher, Frans Stiene, from the International House of Reiki, posted this on Facebook a while ago, and it struck me how perfect it was for what I was feeling at the time.

It seems to be attributed on Pinterest and elsewhere to Nanea Hoffman who has a website called Sweatpants and Coffee (though I can’t find this post on her website).

There are many components that make a good reiki practitioner. Studying with a good teacher will help. A regular practice of meditation and reiki is essential. And I also think that we need to learn to have the right attitude and philosophy.

Even if I have good intentions, and want something specific for a person (say, to heal their broken heart when they’ve told me their heart is broken), me trying to control the energy and treatment gets in the way of the healing.

Similarly, if someone has specific expectations for a treatment, that they will feel a certain way, or that it will be exactly the same as a previous treatment, then that gets in the way of a treatment too. What if you are expecting a treatment to feel hot or for you to cry, and think that the treatment is only effective that way? Perhaps you would miss a different kind of healing that happens, that might be more subtle, or might feel different than what you expected.

For me, as a note to self, I can’t control what a client feels, and taking on disappointment if someone doesn’t get what they expect, or even have what they think is a bad experience, well, that’s not so helpful to me. It is something to be learned though, and a lesson that I think is a pretty good one for everyone, not only reiki practitioners.

The people around us are going through their own stuff, with their own reactions and expectations. We can’t control it. Just keeping on doing what we are doing, with as much love as we can do it with… that seems like a pretty good path forward.

The International House of Reiki’s Facebook page is here.

And if you haven’t visited lately, my Facebook page is here.

Discover the gifts and benefits of a session of Japanese reiki therapy, healing energy from an experienced practitioner. Visit my website or Facebook page for more information and SMS, email, call me or book online if you’d like to make an appointment.

Clients come from all over Sydney to see me, and I’ve also had clients who are visiting Sydney from Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast come and see me while they’re here for business, conferences or meeting families. While it’s easiest to get to me from the CBD, Darlinghurst, Paddington, Kings Cross, Redfern and Potts Point, I’m pretty easy to get to from anywhere in Sydney.

Reiki Surry Hills in the news!

I’m very happy that Reiki Surry Hills has been featured in an article in the Femail section of the Australian edition of the MailOnline. The MailOnline is the online version of Britain’s Daily Mail, and is the most visited English-language newspaper website in the world! It has homepages for the UK, USA, India and Australia. Check out the article here:

Is natural energy healing the secret to relieving stress for good? I tried Reiki for the first time – with surprising results

It came about when a wonderful Irish journalist named Alice Murphy put out a request to come for three reiki treatments and then write about it. While originally the article was meant to be matched with another story about another form of energy healing, that one got delayed, so I get a whole feature article myself!

I think it’s great, clearly written and features Reiki Surry Hills nicely. I like that the article is just a straightforward look at her experiences. She sets out the possible problem, and how she felt before, and then, along with a useful overall explanation of reiki, she talks about how she felt after the treatment. Some of my reviews are included from the website, a photo of me, and my husband even sneaks into the article (posing as a client).

I’m curious how many more treatments this will translate into, though this week (the article was first posted in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday), I have had a lot of bookings and as of the Friday, the page says there have been 1,200 shares!

Discover the gifts and benefits of a session of Japanese reiki therapy, healing energy from an experienced practitioner. Visit my website or Facebook page for more information and SMS, email, call me or book online if you’d like to make an appointment.

Clients come from all over Sydney to see me, and I’ve also had clients who are visiting Sydney from Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast come and see me while they’re here for business, conferences or meeting families. While it’s easiest to get to me from the CBD, Darlinghurst, Paddington, Kings Cross, Redfern and Potts Point, I’m pretty easy to get to from anywhere in Sydney.

More reviews of Reiki Surry Hills


It’s always such a pleasure to share feedback with you, and I’m so grateful to my clients who took the time to write these words:

Reviews from Bookwell (the online booking service):

Greta – 5 stars – visited September 2018

Thank you, Andy, I instantly felt comfortable with you in your lovely place. After walking in stressed and rushed and not in a great place emotionally I walked out feeling much calmer and peaceful. During my reiki session I was able to think about some things that cause me worry in a more positive and calm way. G x

Scott – 5 stars – visited September 2018<

Holly – 5 stars – visited August 2018<
Andy is a miracle worker. Very professional and kind and clearly committed to delivering quality service. 🙂

Steven – 5 stars – visited August 2018
Andy provides a very professional service and the treatment was both powerful and nourishing.

Reviews on the Reiki Surry Hills Facebook page:

Betty, August 29, Amazingly healing. Andy is very talented and a calming energy. Highly recommended.

Anthony, August 28, I recently had a Reiki session with Andy and the entire experience was very positive. He was courteous and attentive throughout the session, listening to my concerns and explaining the Reiki process to me… The treatment itself was relaxing and I have felt more balanced and aligned within myself since. I will likely return to see Andy again in the future.

Amritha, August 9, I had an amazing reiki session with Andy, and would highly recommend him!

Reviews from Google

I currently have a 5-star rating on Google from 19 reviews! The latest:

Ciara, September 2018: It’s so hard to describe the positive benefits of reiki with Andy but they are 100%. I thoroughly enjoy my sessions and always feel uplifted and energised after. I would highly recommend!

Discover the gifts and benefits of a session of Japanese reiki therapy, healing energy from an experienced practitioner. Visit my website or Facebook page for more information and SMS, email, call me or book online if you’d like to make an appointment.
Clients come from all over Sydney to see me, and I’ve also had clients who are visiting Sydney from Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast come and see me while they’re here for business, conferences or meeting families. While it’s easiest to get to me from the CBD, Darlinghurst, Paddington, Kings Cross, Redfern and Potts Point, I’m pretty easy to get to from anywhere in Sydney.

E-mail scam alert

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It’s a strange topic for a blog at Reiki Surry Hills, but maybe by making it public, I hope I can help out some other reiki practitioners, or other small businesses.

In March, I received a very strange email. It was strange but not so much that I thought it was a scam.

adambryce178@hotmail.com asked to book in multiple treatments for groups of people. In the first case, it was for five people to be booked in five weeks in a row. ‘Adam’ explained that they would need my address for the ‘driver’ to drop them off, and that he was hearing impaired which is why he had to communicate by email.

This did make sense to me as I’ve friends who work with those who are deaf or hearing impaired, and did some work myself for the National Relay Service. So, I know that some people who are hearing impaired have a different way of expressing themselves in written English, and also can interact with the world in a different way. So, I could understand a bit of awkwardness in communication.

But when I explained that I only do three treatments a day, and that it really makes sense for a person to try a treatment before committing to multiple treatments, ‘he’ disappeared. In my hundreds of treatments, it stands out that a few people who ‘didn’t feel anything’ were people who didn’t come on their own will; they were convinced to come by someone else but did not necessarily want to come (contrasting with some people who receive gift certificates for reiki, but are happy with the present).

Then in May, I received another set of emails, from ‘Rebecca Woodruff’. The variation was that she had ten family members who ‘complained of body pain’. I engaged in the same process, explaining what I do, and how you can arrange appointments. I also said that while reiki can help physical issues, most people should get checked out by a doctor first or someone who works on physical injuries like a physiotherapist. But the last email came through saying for me to go ahead and book her ten family members. She didn’t specify dates and didn’t respond to my concern about people getting treatments who were not coming because they want to.

(As an aside, I haven’t told you that I had a request from the trashy reality show ‘Married at First Sight’ to give reiki, and be filmed, to one of the ‘married’ couples, one who was interested in reiki and the other who wasn’t! I actually laughed out loud before I said no, and the person said, in good humour, at least you could think about it…)

Anyways, the last email was too suspicious, sent at 4am, and listing her ten family members, with ages, but NONE who had the same family name. She said they were all coming ‘to the country’ for her ‘Dads 70th birthday’. So, I googled her email address and found a website in Queensland warning about scammers who ask website businesses for quotations.

God, I love the internet. While none of the scams proposed there had to do with reiki or with treatment services, someone did list the email of the scammer, rebeccawoods4u@gmail.com

I’ve shared my story there, but I might as well share it here too, to allow people to google the names of the scammers or any such other information that would lead them here. In summary, be alert:

  • If someone emails your business and makes a request that doesn’t quite seem right (in my case, asking to fit in 5 to 10 clients on the same day)
  • They are unable to clarify their request
  • They ask if you take credit cards, and for your physical address
  • They say they are hearing impaired and can’t speak to you by phone
  • Their story doesn’t add up (emailing in the middle of the night, 10 family members without a shared name)
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Clients come for relief from stress and anxiety, to address specific emotional, energetic and physical issues, to help with sleep, to explore their spirituality or just to see what a reiki treatment will bring them.

Various feedback and reviews

It’s always interesting for me to get feedback from my clients after their treatments. It can give you an idea of the range of results you might experience after a treatment, though at the same time, I hope it doesn’t set up particular expectations. Everyone’s experience is different!

Here’s a recent sampling:

“I feel like I am floating at the moment”

“In the days after the session, I felt kind of tired. I slept well. During the day I had some strong emotions… After a few days, I did feel more balanced. Doing well now!”

“Feeling great today!!”

“It was definitely a meditative experience. That feeling stayed with me for one to two days but has left now… but hopefully, one day I would like to feel the energy and other sensations friends report experiencing.”

“After the reiki, I felt like my body was waking up after a very long sleep”

“The session achieved the ‘re-set’ I was hoping for, so I’ve been feeling and sleeping better since.”

“I felt very much more centred and slower today. I have more clarity.”

“I find Reiki very magical, I am a strong believer that we all have the power to heal ourselves and each other, sometimes we just need a helping hand.”

“Despite it being a hectic week with a fair amount of travel and disrupted routine my energy levels feel good. I don’t seem to have the same sluggish energy level at the moment that I was experiencing.”

“I definitely felt a lightening up and good feeling.”

 

Discover the gifts and benefits of a session of Japanese reiki therapy, healing energy from an experienced practitioner. Visit my website or Facebook page for more information and SMS, email, call me or book online if you’d like to make an appointment.
Clients come from all over Sydney to see me, and I’ve also had clients who are visiting Sydney from Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast come and see me while they’re here for business, conferences or meeting families. While it’s easiest to get to me from the CBD, Darlinghurst, Paddington, Kings Cross, Redfern and Potts Point, I’m pretty easy to get to from anywhere in Sydney.