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.

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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.

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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.

 

Emotional issues

I received some very special feedback a while ago which I’d like to share with you:

“I have to tell you, you have helped to save my sanity. And I believe you have turned my life around.

Thank you.

The healing session itself released a whole ocean of stress, and replaced it with peace and love. Your insightful and thoughtful observations before and after the healing also really clarified the situation for me, and calmed me. I felt the healing release my parasitical fears, and let my ego out of the way for a while. I’m very grateful for that… because something then happened which felt quite miraculous.”

How grateful I feel to take part in people’s healings like this.

I hope that posting this shows the potential of what clients receive from a treatment, rather than setting up expectations for miraculous results. Everyone’s treatment will be different! But still, it’s a good thing when something as powerful as this happens, and good to share it with you!

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. I’m away until 9 June 2017 but happy to see you after that!
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 fixes knees!

The first time that one of my reiki treatments fixed a knee problem was for a client who came in to try reiki in general, to see what would happen, and not for anything specific. She certainly hadn’t planned to fix her knee, which she’d hurt only a day or two before at a picnic with friends. Still, she was hobbling a bit when she arrived.

As soon as the treatment finished, she got off the table and said, excitedly, ‘my knee feels better’ and started to walk quickly back and forth in the room, too quickly, I thought! Slow down, we don’t want to push our luck!

Another client, I only heard about four months after the treatment, when she sent her partner for a session. He told me that reiki had, surprisingly, fixed a long-term knee issue. She wrote to me that:

‘I was really surprised. I had a bad knee before I got the reiki done and when you went over my knees, I felt lots of energy and sad emotions which then continued for the rest of the session. I noticed though the next day in work, my knees weren’t sore anymore and then in yoga I could do poses that I used to not be able to do. It’s crazy how it just was fixed, I had been to an osteopath about it and he said my hips are out of line and I had tight hamstrings and it was affecting my knee. So the pain was a physical thing so I’m baffled that the reiki cured it but very happy about it!’

And then another client wrote just recently, three weeks after her treatment:

‘One really interesting thing to note is that I used to have recurring pain in my right knee during to a horse riding incident, which would make itself known throughout the day and was considerably worse in winter. The reason for this pain, such as maybe a torn ligament or something, never really came up in any x-rays or ultrasounds but since this reiki treatment, this pain has completely disappeared! I noticed the day after the treatment that there was no trace of any pain whatsoever. However, I was curious to see how long it would last and whether the pain would come back, but it’s now been over 3 weeks and the pain has completely gone. I have no doubt in my mind that this healing was because of reiki. It was pretty astonishing! Before reiki, I couldn’t do simple activities such as pick something up from the ground or sit cross-legged without feeling the pain in my right knee and now I don’t even have to think twice about this! Thank you so much!’

My conclusion: reiki can fix knee problems! It’s not something that could be guaranteed, but maybe it’s worth a try. Thanks to my clients for letting me use their words above.

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.

 

Not that kind of reiki!

As I’ve been explaining to clients, there are a lot of different kinds of reiki out there. Students of Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system, added their own variations of reiki to their teaching, and then from there, with many generations of new students, some reiki practitioners went on to found their own methods and styles of reiki.

Still other practitioners combine what they’ve learned about reiki with other practices or skills: from massage to crystal healing and often clairvoyance and psychic advice. Reiki, particularly in the United States, became associated with New Age practices (and subsequently made fun of in popular media: there were jokes about reiki in Magic Mike 2!). People often combine reiki with reference to the Indian belief in chakras, the seven centres of spiritual power in the human body.

My teacher, Frans Stiene, and the International House of Reiki, aim at focusing on reiki as it was practised and taught by the founder, Usui, to get back to its purest form.

And I’ve followed Frans’s lead…

Lately, different clients have told me about other reiki treatments they’ve had. During one, a client had to remove his shirt, and had crystals laid on him. During another treatment, the reiki practitioner talked during the whole treatment. What I hear often is reiki practitioners who give messages (psychic or spiritual) or diagnoses (saying what part of the body they think is blocked, or if there are imbalances).

So, I thought it might be useful to say: I don’t do that.

  • When you come to the session, you remain fully clothed (except for your shoes) and if it’s cold, or you feel more comfortable, I can cover you with a blanket.
  • If you really have the need to speak during the treatment, then that’s fine (though I think I’ve only had one client talk a bit during a treatment out of nearly 400 treatments), but I will remain quiet once the treatment starts. I think it’s important to not get in the way of the treatment with chatter or noise.
  • The biggest thing is that I don’t do diagnoses, or give messages. What’s important is not what I feel, but what you feel, during the treatment and in the days afterwards. I actually think it can be harmful if a practitioner tells someone that they have a blockage in their heart chakra, or they are imbalanced. How do they really know that, and what does it all mean? Reiki shouldn’t be about practitioners projecting our ideas, assumptions and beliefs onto a client; it is about you taking from the treatment what you need at the time, and then observing how that plays out afterwards.

And a final P.S.: if a person says they are doing reiki and asks you to remove articles of clothing (except for your shoes)… don’t do it. You might consider questioning them… or reporting them.

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.

Protecting yourself from negative and busy energy

One of my clients noted  ‘I am extremely sensitive to the energy around me. I often feel other people’s energy in my physical body, and get overwhelmed, anxious and drained in noisy or busy environments’

She asked how to protect herself from this energy but also shared that guilt tended to make her sensitive to people’s negative energy, and releasing that guilt was helpful.

So, in some ways, I kind of divide this into two situations, the general clamour and noise of city living, and when you are either around people who are negative or they actually aim that energy towards you.

I think there are a number of different approaches that you can take.

1.

When you know you will be, or if you are in those busy and noisy environments, close your eyes momentarily and envision a bubble of healing energy around you, a positive bubble, and imagine that noise and negative vibrations cannot or have a harder time getting through that bubble.

The mind is a powerful thing.

However, this might strike some people as mumbo jumbo and certainly won’t work if you think it’s silly. In that case, what about some detachment

2

One thing that can help when faced with negative energy is to be objective and distant. It helped me a lot in both my working life and my personal life when instead of reacting to co-workers’ bad energy, I thought, at a distance, I wonder why they’re acting that way. Maybe they had a bad morning or didn’t get enough sleep. Maybe they’re worried about someone close to them.

It’s important to try not to take it personally when someone is in a bad mood, and you certainly shouldn’t think it might be your fault. Even if someone might be projecting their anger onto you, this might not be right or justified or anything you can do about. Adopt the slogan, ‘Your crisis is not my problem’.

It can be challenging to try to create distance and objectivity, especially since negative people can sometimes enjoy trying to get a reaction or invading the space of someone who is sensitive or kind… but it is a useful thing to work towards.

Does all of this sound too complicated? A final suggestion is the most practical…

3.

Get earplugs or headphones. I HATE the contemporary arrangements of open plan offices. Way too noisy.

Whenever possible, play your favourite relaxing music and use it try to block out noisy work or other environments!

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.