Away 18 Feb–23 May & report from the start of 2016

The end of 2015 and start of 2016 were interesting. Clients came seeking relief from stress,  feeling like a cold was coming on, and emotional turmoil. One client reported feeling very relaxed after the treatment and as if she had big burdens lifted… but has returned after to being stressed out all the time. Another client felt neither better nor worse after the treatment. Another said she felt ‘as balanced as I can be’ and that it was an ‘excellent service’.

AndyQ_64I always find it interesting how different the results are from treatments, and am always happy if I can be of any help. I think generally I found that clients feel relaxed, or energised during the treatment, and have an interesting experience of the energy. But they may have problems maintaining that feeling of well-being after the treatment.

What I emphasise is that someone may feel different effects from a reiki treatment, even between two in the same week or month. Reiki is not a solution to an emotional, psychological or physical problem, but it may provide some help and relief. Some people find it very powerful; others can hardly feel the effects.

I think it’s a great idea if you’re called to try reiki, to try out a treatmet and see how it feels for you. It’s also useful if you can catch yourself before you’re feeling in crisis to make that appointment. If it felt good or useful during or after a treatment, then why not view it as something generally good for yourself, and that could also help head off difficult times, rather than only be used when you’re feeling really terrible.

It’s as good a time as any to say that I’m overseas soon, like last year, and will be unavailable to give treatments between 18 February and 23 May. But don’t be a stranger. Message me if you have any enquiries or want to keep in touch.

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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. SMS, email or call me if you’d like to make an appointment.

Holidays (late Dec 2015 and early Jan 2016)

Just a quick note to say Reiki Surry Hills is closed during the holiday period between 18 December and 5 January. Send a message if you’d like to make an appointment in the new year; otherwise, have a wonderful holidays.

Latest testimonial: Definitely useful.

A client sent me this wonderful testimonial to share with all of you:

‘I went to see Andy after finding his site – I was looking for Reiki treatments in the Surry Hills area of Sydney.

Andy was able to offer me flexible appointment times, and gave detailed instructions to the building, as it’s a bit of a backstreet place.

I found Andy to be welcoming and I immediately felt at ease. I had not had a Reiki treatment before, and was a little unsure as to what to expect. Andy explained that I would be lying on the treatment table, and the treatment might require touch on a particular joint or muscle, but that it would mostly be him hovering his hands over certain areas that appeared to trap a lot of energy.

I was awake, but sleepy for the treatment – and it certainly passed very quickly. It was very relaxing, and I was fascinated that I could feel heat in certain areas as the energy was being moved, and sometimes I could feel a buzzing sensation. I can’t say that I understand the treatment per se, but it certainly worked on areas of my body that needed help. For example, I had a knot in my left shoulder and felt the energy being moved from that area – and after the treatment I no longer had a knot in my shoulder. Also, Andy found issues that my body had, including tenderness in my right knee and headaches on my right temple. These areas buzzed when Andy’s hands hovered over them.

It was very precise, and I definitely felt that the treatment was useful for my body. The treatment ended, and Andy made me a cup of tea and discussed the effects of the treatment and listened to my feedback.

I left feeling very calm, and pleased that I had tried Reiki and trusted my instinct and gone to see Andy.

The treatment itself is a decent amount of time, and reasonably priced. I would definitely go to see Andy again!

Kate.’

Kate: Thanks so much for your feedback. I find it great to know when a treatment has helped a client, and how. Looking forward to seeing you again, when you need a treatment… Andy

Serendipity

A flock of cockatoos land in the liquidambar tree next to our balcony.

The Macquarie Dictionary defines ‘serendipity’ as ‘making desirable but unsought-for discoveries’.

I quite like this word.

The idea of fate is too strong for me, that we’re pulled in one direction without any choice in the matter. I understand superstition but am not completely convinced about the lucky signs that people find in the world.

But I have found something… unexplainable… about the last week or so in terms of reiki. My teacher, Frans Steine, was hosting a Reiki 2 course up at his beautiful place in the Blue Mountains. He allows former students to resit classes for a much-reduced rate, which I think is great in so many ways: it recognises that learning is a continual process and gives us the opportunity to keep in contact with his teachings. I think it’s also good for new students to be in the energy of past students, and hopefully we can help out in the class too in some way.

In any case, I signed up to do the course last Sunday. The only people who knew were two of the other students (who had done Reiki 1, which I’d resat at the same time), and my partner, perhaps a few friends. One of the other reasons I wanted to do the course is that I was feeling a bit out of touch with Reiki and its energy. My last client had come over six weeks before that, where usually I have a client every two weeks or so.

What happened next? Well:

  • The day before the course, an acquaintance from the gym I attended years ago saw me walking through a nearby park. He looked me up on the internet, saw that I did reiki and decided to book in immediately for a treatment.
  • While I was at the course, a new client called, wanting to book in a treatment. She eventually booked in yesterday, a week later.
  • The same day of the course, a client from a few months ago sent by email a testimonial for me to use on my website and Facebook page.
  • And on Monday, a client I hadn’t seen in about a year booked in for another treatment…

This all seems rather… serendipitous to me, surprising and wonderful.

So, as we start a new month, here’s wishing you some serendipity too…

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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. SMS, email or call me if you’d like to make an appointment.

Learn Reiki in Surry Hills

If you’ve been a client of mine, you’ve been to the suburb of Surry Hills in Sydney.

And if you’ve ever wanted to learn Reiki, here’s a great opportunity:

My teacher, Frans Steine, is teaching Level 1 of Reiki, in Surry Hills on 30–31 May 2015. It’s from 10am to 5pm both Saturday and Sunday at 99 Crown Street.

More information is here.

Frans is known as one of the world’s leading reiki teachers and practitioners and we’re really lucky to have him here in Australia. He travels the world where students are anxious to learn with him. These days, after the International House of Reiki’s studio in Newtown has closed, Frans teaches less often in Sydney (and more often in the Blue Mountains where he lives).

So, it’s a really good opportunity, if you live in Sydney, to be introduced to reiki from one of the best teachers around.

There are three levels of teaching in Reiki. This level, Shoden, is the first. You’ll learn meditation techniques and to treat yourself and others.

Reiki has been a great gift to my life; I’m clearer and stronger in myself, more able to deal with external problems, and my internal life is richer and more at peace. If you have any questions, just ask!

And there’s more information about reiki and Frans’ teaching at their website at the International House of Reiki.

Frans Steine

 

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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. SMS, email or call me if you’d like to make an appointment.

Introduction to Japanese Traditional Reiki

One of the things that surprised me when my brother first taught me Reiki, many years ago, was how many different types of reiki there are. I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me by now that human beings are always expanding and arguing and that any school or movement or set of teachings is going to diverge into many branches, as it has with religions and schools of thought.

I feel lucky then to have discovered a Reiki teacher here in Australia who was running weekly practice sessions on the same street that I was working in Newtown – and that I connect with his philosophy of Reiki. Frans (and his wife Bronwen) questioned early on in their Reiki path why the hands-on healing seemed separate from a spiritual practice. Their research, study and exploration have lead them to the conclusion that the Reiki practised in Japan by its founder had many components, all of which aimed at spiritual health and development, a way of uncovering and nurturing the ‘Great white light’ that we are made of. The hands-on healing part is only a component, but it is what became known and popular in the West.

When I explain this to my clients, they understand immediately. As a healer, I can’t do work on them unless I have done work on myself. If all of the energy is focused outwards towards them, without having done spiritual development work myself, the package is incomplete (and I would argue the treatments will not be as strong).

I read an old post from the International House of Reiki, a transcript of a talk Frans gave in Washington in 2009, and it’s a great story of how Frans and Bronwen came to reiki, and came to want to explore and spread the idea of Japanese Traditional Reiki. I also like the concept or metaphor of us being made of Great Bright Light and that meditation and healing is all in the aims of uncovering that light that has gathered dust and obstructions in our daily lives.

Here’s the post!

In other news, I’ve not found a need for regular blogging on my website. Blogs used to be so much more popular, and also served as a way of showing one’s expertise and legitimacy, as well as making connections with readers. But these days of information overload, people use the Internet in a much different way. I don’t feel a need particularly to add to the writings out there, when there is such good stuff to be found already at the International House of Reiki website and elsewhere. What I sense is that if clients or potential clients drop by my site, they won’t want to spend much time reading about reiki, when it’s much better to experience a treatment in person! Still, I’ll blog occasionally… or repost links from IHR, just to make sure there’s a little new content on my website from time to time. Feel free to comment and ask questions, here or on my facebook page!

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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. SMS, email or call me if you’d like to make an appointment.

 

Reiki Surry Hills on holidays, 27 Sept – 13 Oct 2013

Reiki Surry Hills is on holidays 27 Sept – 13 Oct 2013.

I’m off on holidays to Scandiwegia from tomorrow until 13 October. Back starting work on 14 October, possibly with a Swedish, Finnish or Danish accent, but probably not.

(I didn’t come back with an accent, but I loved the trip!)

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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. SMS, email or call me if you’d like to make an appointment.

Reiki and Pop Sugar

I gave a reiki treatment to an editor and journalist from the website Popsugar, which they call ‘women’s lifestyle media’.

The main focus is on entertainment and gossip, but they also include lifestyle items, i.e. health and beauty.

Alison was lovely, and with a stressful job, was the perfect person to experience reiki.

It was actually part of a series where she tried different ways to slow down and deal with stress.

You can read the whole series, ‘The POPSUGAR Diaries: Alison Seeks the Motivation to… Slow Down’.

Her description of her visit to Reiki Surry Hills is here.

But I’ll quote it here too!

‘I went to see Andy Quan at Reiki Surry Hills and I must admit, I was a bit nervous. He talked me through process and although I didn’t have to do anything other than welcome the energy, I was a it worried I wouldn’t be able to switch off (a big challenge for me).

Our session went for 50 minutes but I only felt like I was out for 15 minutes, it was quite surreal. I woke up feeling like I’d slept for a year. When I say “out”, I don’t mean asleep. I was fully aware of Andy’s palms hovering above different sections of my body, but I kind of felt like I was floating.

He assured me he was helping spread my own energy where it needed to go, and move me into a state of deep relaxation. I must admit I haven’t felt so calm a very long time, and I’d go back for that feeling alone. Reiki is also used to treat and heal different illnesses and ailments, something to note if you’re having back problems or the like.’

Nice, huh?

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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. SMS, email or call me if you’d like to make an appointment.

Testimonial: A clearer mind and less stress

‘The session really helped release some of the stress and I did find I had a great sleep that night. After the session, going back into work, I did find I had a clearer mind and seemed to really enjoy the rest of the day.’ – Aleen

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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. SMS, email or call me if you’d like to make an appointment.

A good overview of Reiki

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere on the site, I regularly practice reiki with the International House of Reiki in Newtown with my teacher, Frans Steine. In this article, he’s being interviewed for a yoga magazine by another of IHR’s students, Molly Furzer.

The article gives a good general overview of reiki including why it’s important for reiki practitioners to meditate and ‘work on themselves’ in order to give effective treatments:

‘The clearer our own body, mind, and energy becomes, the clearer we are to help others. You could see yourself as a garden hose – if there are lots of knots and bends in the garden hose hardly any water will come out of it. These knots and bends are our anger, worry, attachments etc. The more we undo these knots and bends, the clearer we will be as a vehicle for helping others.’

It also discusses similarities between reiki and yog, helping with the flow of energy and discovering one’s own ‘true self.’

Well done Molly and Frans for an excellent article.

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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. SMS, email or call me if you’d like to make an appointment.