The latest reviews

It’s so easy to fall out of the routine of blogging … and I was doing so well!

Ah well. Let me get back into the swing of things by sharing some of my latest reviews with you.

The lovely Katerina on Facebook posted:

I’ve had two healing Reiki sessions with Andy and I have to say these have been lifechanging experiences for me as an empath who usually absorbs everyone’s emotions and loses herself in this overwhelming energetic puzzle … After each session I feel this incredible connection to my higher self, all worries are gone and everything is suddenly clear. It’s all about the balance and care that we need to take of ourselves first, even if we feel drawn to helping others … Reiki has given me my power back in so many ways, just have to learn how to maintain it now … Also I have to say I admire Andy’s personal approach and guidance after each session via email, it gives me more clarity and peace in my current life situation.
Thank you!🙏🌿

And Kym shared his experience:

I had my first appointment with Andy today. I have been exposed to Reiki a little previously. Andy listened intently to what bought me to his Practice – I guess my intention is to really find real Forgiveness – my past tends to Boil up every now and then. The process started and I was quickly taken to a place of calm. Post treatment I feel both Calm and Clarity. I will be back. Thanks Andy.

Some clients posted wonderful reviews on my Google listing, all five-star reviews:

Vanessa S: I had a wonderful powerful reiki session with Andy and highly recommend him. I have done Reiki myself but not for many years and came to Andy asking for a reiki boost and I just felt so great during and after our session.

Kerrie-Anne: I really enjoyed my reiki session and would highly recommend Andy. Lots of my friends have been seeing him for a few years and we all think he’s fantastic.

Oliver: Thank you Andy for the treatments and sharing your knowledge and wisdom on this incredible, transformational practice.

And finally, two reviews on Bookwell that I haven’t posted:

Carl: Andy is top notch at his art, helped click a broken heart back together, highly recommende.

Pearl: Andy is a fantastic practitioner. I managed to reach deep levels of relaxation that meant I could process my thoughts calmly and effectively, so the positive effects have been ongoing. Physically I felt a lot of bodily stresses and strains melt away during the session in a way that is even more relaxing than you get from a massage. I highly recommend you see Andy!

As always, I am so GRATEFUL for my clients to take the time to share their experiences. It makes a huge difference to my practice, as people read these reviews, can feel that they are true and authentic, and get an idea of what they might experience. THANK YOU ALL.

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 1,000 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.

One thousand treatments!

I like counting. As long as you don’t get too obsessed with a number and what it might mean, it’s a useful part of observation to be able to ask: how am I doing?

It’s part of the reason why I send follow-up emails to clients, and gently ask new clients: have you had reiki before? If so, when? If we observe our experiences, we can learn: how did a reiki treatment help me? How did it play out over the days that followed the treatment? How often should I come for a treatment?

I’ve been keeping records for myself since starting to give reiki treatments to clients professionally. It tells me how busy I’ve been and describes the always ebbing and flowing of activity.

This week, I have hit 1,000 reiki treatments! This makes me feel good. It’s a useful figure to mention to my clients, as I know many want the reassurance that I have experience and have seen a lot of people. I also think that with 1,000 treatments, the reiki room has some pretty good energy!

And it does feel significant. I’ve met clients from all over the world and all over Australia, of different backgrounds and ages, doing varied work or studies or neither, and who come for many, many reasons, some of them similar, and at times, for a reason that is completely unique to them. And as I mentioned in my last blog, boy, am I grateful. To have the privilege to be able to give so many treatments and to help many people at times of need, and to introduce them to reiki and their inner fire. It’s been wonderful. Happy 1,000 treatments to me!

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 1,000 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.

Don’t live in regret

The most common reasons that clients come for reiki is to seek relief from stress or anxiety, or from a stressful or anxious situation. So mental health is something that I’ve come to think about a lot, and I always advise clients that a reiki treatment might help bring relief or bring some motivation for change, but for longstanding issues, reiki will only be a part of the set of choices you make to feel better about your life.

Regret is an interesting issue, and a number of clients do arrive, asking how to let go of old hurts and old wounds and how to move on from bad situations they’ve been in. Often, the situation will be in the past, but they feel that they are still having problems moving forward. So, these seems to be forms of regret.

So, I’d like to recommend this article:

6 steps to turn regret into self-improvement

It’s written by a clinical psychologist, and appears in the New York Times.

What I particularly like about the article is that it seems to practical. They are all practical steps that are within our capability to do. It just requires some commitment to do them.

And they make sense to me: do some reflection about the cause of the regret, and how you cope with regret. Use some practical techniques to change the narrative of the incident, or to coach yourself through it with empathy. More advice is to take action. If you have thoughts that are harming you that you keep repeating or returning to, she recommends interrupting them. I wouldn’t have imagined putting your face in ice-cold water as a solution, but it sounds like it works! She also recommends to take action so that you are not regretting a situation.

It seems to me to be sensible and practical advice. I learned from 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.

Ten reasons that I’m reiki-grateful

I’m grateful that:

  1. I get to help clients and bring them comfort in times that they need it. It feels good to be able to do this.
  2. I get to introduce clients to the energy that is always flowing through us but we don’t take much notice of or have the opportunity to notice our energy, our inner being, our higher self.
  3. Clients trust in me and tell me sometimes some really difficult stuff they’re going through.
  4. I can provide some helpful guidance to some clients, outside of reiki, just because I’ve been around the block a few times.
  5. My reiki practice is so busy and constant that it’s become part of my work, occupation and vocation; I’m not sure I ever envisioned this happening!
  6. As treatments are not me giving or doing a treatment on a client, but creating a space for healing to happen, I get to experience healing, quiet and meditation with every treatment. It’s made an enormous difference in my life.

I’m grateful:

  1. To my teacher, Frans Stiene for guiding me in my practice with grace, skill and humour.
  2. To my brother for introducing me to reiki and sending me on my journey.
  3. To my clients, for coming for treatments and supporting my practice and taking the time to leave reviews and let me know how they’re going after treatments.
  4. To my husband, for letting me use our spare bedroom as the Reiki Room for Reiki Surry Hills (and to share the space for me to run my practice from our apartment)

For all these reasons and more, I’m grateful! Or perhaps that’s reiki-grateful.

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 1100 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.

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.

 

What I say before each treatment

If you’ve been for a reiki treatment with me, you’ll have heard this before… What I say to clients when they come for a treatment and before it starts. If you come for a treatment, this is what you’ll hear:

  • I’ll welcome you to the apartment, ask you to take off your shoes and if you need to use the bathroom before we start.
  • I’ll invite you to sit down and ask if you want tea or water.
  • Then I’ll ask you why you came for a treatment. I used to kick things off by asking clients if they’ve had reiki before, but people always tell me this in response to the why question, so it’s not necessary.
  • I’ll respond to the explanation of why you’ve come with whether it’s common for other people to come for the same reasons, or I might ask you if there are other things that you are trying to do, particularly if a situation is complex or a problem longstanding.
  • I’ll ask if you have any other questions, and then invite you to lie on the table, with your head on the pillow, looking up, and that most people like the under-knee pillow to keep them straightened out.
  • If it’s cold weather, I’ll ask if you want a cover, but at the moment, it’s so hot, I’m likely to ask if the fan is on a fast enough setting!
  • Then, this is what I say to start things off:
  • ‘I invite you to close your eyes and relax into this space that you’ve given to yourself.’ Not everyone closes their eyes automatically, so it’s good to say so. I have had some clients open their eyes at times, but I think it’s best to be relaxed to close one’s eyes instead of looking at the fan or ceiling, or trying to see what I’m doing. Then I like to acknowledge that clients have made done a positive act already by either wanting to address a problem, try out reiki, or just feel better. Even if the treatment was a gift, a client still needs to make time for themselves to come to the treatment. And it’s all part of the idea that the treatment is a partnership. I’m not doing reiki on you. You are joining me in a healing treatment.
  • ‘Take in a few long and slow breaths, and if that feels comfortable, continue to do for the treatment’. It’s amazing how little breath some people take. But it’s so important to relaxing and being still. You can feel it the moment that you take in a big, deep breath of air. Rarely, if I see someone having troubles with breathing, I might suggest taking in a breath of air to the count of four or five, and exhale at the same pace. Try it. It feels good, doesn’t it?
  • ‘You can allow your mind to wander, or think of nothing, or follow your breath, whatever feels most comfortable.’ So many clients early on asked ‘What should I do during a treatment?’ that I thought I should try to set the scene right away. I also want to counter the idea that to meditate, or receive reiki, or to be still, that your mind automatically clears and you stop thinking. Our minds are always in motion; that’s what they do. If you want to meditate, it’s not about clearing the mind completely for an hour. It’s noticing when the mind wanders away, and then bringing it back to the centre (or your breath). And do it again. And again. Many clients report that they had trouble stopping thinking about their problems or otherwise, or that the reiki treatment did help them to still their minds. I think what’s important is not to fight the thoughts too much, to either let the mind wander or think of nothing, in a gentle way and see what comes up. I used to say ‘You can think about the issues you’re facing’ because I do think that in a relaxed state, you can sometimes solve your problems or see new solutions; but I worry if clients get caught up thinking about their problems the whole treatment in a way that interferes with them relaxing. So I’ve stopped saying it!
  • ‘Finally, please set your intention to heal yourself and to take from this treatment what it is that you need at this time. I’ll ring a bell at the end of the treatment.’ I’ve followed my teacher, Frans Stiene, with this line and I think it’s so important. Again, it’s about not just ‘receiving’ a treatment, but being active: asking your subconscious to heal yourself, and that you are taking an active role in taking what you need, not just hoping that someone else will do the work to heal you.

And then the treatment starts…

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.

Welcome to my home!

Clients sometimes expect Reiki Surry Hills to be a clinic or shop. But nope, the reiki room is located within our apartment! While there are certainly offices for physiotherapists and chiropractors, and there are a few clinics that offer a variety of treatments (like massage) that might include reiki, I am not sure whether there are any shops or clinics in Sydney that focus on reiki alone. It’s just not well-known enough in Sydney or Australia, and even then, the costs of renting a storefront or office space would probably cancel out any income (or I’d have to charge a lot more)! And it would also limit the hours of when I can offer treatments.

So, if you come for a treatment, you’ll be welcomed to my home. I think the space is quite nice, and have put effort into making sure that it’s comfortable. I think that with around 950 treatments having taken place in the room, it’s got a good energy too! The other benefit is that you might get to meet my adorable cats, and I can offer flexible hours for treatments (including on the weekends).

The old carpet!

There are a few drawbacks. You might hear noise from the neighbours or the street (although arguably this could happen in a storefront too). My husband works from home, so occasionally you might hear someone else in the apartment (though we try to keep it as quiet as possible during your treatment). There’s no waiting room, so if a client brings someone, they need to be quiet and share the reiki room. Also, if I’m the only person home, and there’s a delivery or another enquiry at the door, I have to interrupt the treatment to get it. I think in all these years of treatments, it’s only happened a few times though. Same if one client arrives quite late and the next client arrives early, I’d have to get the door. But in the few times this has happened, neither client has minded (the first one being interrupted and the second one waiting for a few extra moments until I’m ready to let them in). In any case, I’m glad my clients have been understanding with the fact that Reiki Surry Hills is in a private residence, with its benefits and disadvantages.

The new carpet!

The latest news is that I’ve got a new carpet! The old one was fine and serviceable but had started to fray at the edges. I can’t believe how easy it was to find a new carpet in a colour I like (I’m going with light green, to match the plants and to have the feeling of bringing the outdoors and nature inside) and at a very reasonable price, delivery included. Actually, unless the carpet turns out to be not as nice as I think it is, I’m happy to recommend them: AU Rugs!

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.

End of the year reviews

No, this isn’t a review at the end of the year of the year that came before it. It’s just a few reviews, that I’ve been meaning to post, at the end of the year. I’m going to get in trouble for this word play some day…

In any case, it’s been ages since I’ve posted up some reviews. Which is silly, because it’s such a pleasure to share them. And I think it helps give potential clients (like you?) an idea of the range of outcomes they might have from a treatment.

These are from my online booking site, Bookwell (which you can get to by clicking on the blue button on my front page, or the contact page):

Cecile – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – visited November 2018
Andy is very listening and welcoming. I felt very good during and a few days after the session. He knows what he is doing and makes you feel comfortable straight from the beginning. I highly recommend him!
Mimi – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – visited November 2018
This was my first proper, full reiki session and I had high expectations that it would be effective but didn’t actually know how I would feel within the session or after. I thought that it might actually make me feel worse initially, rather than better, as part of the ‘cleansing’ process (I’ve heard that this can happen). But I was pleasantly surprised, I left feeling about 3kg lighter – physically and emotionally! It was the reset I needed to start my journey to feeling ‘well’ again. I will definitely be back next time i’m in Sydney.
Jayde – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – visited October 2018
Andy was great, very professional. This was a new experience for me and I could feel the heat radiating off Andy’s hands. It was very surreal! The space is beautiful and I left feeling very calm and relaxed. I would definitely go back.
Gwenaelle – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – visited October 2018
Reiki was for me an incredible experience. I have been suffering of an IBS for a couple of years and have had stomach issues from a very young age. While modern western medicine did not bring me any help, I started to understand we are energetic beings. My first reiki treatment brought to my awareness that I was repressing and holding on a lot of emotions in my body. I believe Reiki is an incredible help for healing. I am very grateful to Andy and I highly recommend to visit him.
Adria – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – visited October 2018
Nicole – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – visited October 2018

I also received two nice reviews on my Facebook page that I haven’t reposted yet:

Andreea: Andy was amazing! He really listened to my concerns and provided the helping aid that I needed. The treatment was relaxing. I felt much more lighter and was in a better headspace after our session. I had issues with my ear and a muscle spasm on my back. After our session, I was super pleased that my body healed and everything went back to normal again. Definitely going back for another session! 🙌💗

Jess: This is such a special experience! Andy can work magic in many areas of life. Highly recommended 5 stars.

🙏 I’m very grateful to my clients who have taken the time to share their experiences and kind words 🙏🙏🙏

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.

Further adventures of reiki cat

For some reason, Thor was particularly being a reiki cat at the start of December, so I thought I’d give you an update on him.

He’s generally been stretching out in the space where I offer my clients to sit down, sometimes slowly pushing against them so he’s basically taking up the whole area, and clients are perched on the corner of the sofa.

Or he sits on the reiki table, looking at my clients and then doing his classic move of falling over on his side with his belly exposed, so if you’re used to cats, you know he wouldn’t mind a bit of a belly rub.

I can’t believe what a flirt he’s being.

Occasionally, he’s missing in action, but has often been around, and if it’s anywhere from about 2.30pm onwards, he’ll be looking for attention in the lead-up to dinner at 5pm.

It’s uncanny that he seems to know, before a client will come even in the door, whether they are cat people, have cats, or are even dog people but don’t mind cats.

One client, who has three cats, came with her husband, who waited quietly on the sofa during the treatment, and Thor just got up and lay down beside him the whole time. A long time ago, he was going through a bit of an active phase where I didn’t trust him not to jump up on the table during a treatment, so I’d let him say hello and then put him out of the room. Mostly lately, he’s happy to say hello, and then if we can move him from the table to the sofa, he just blisses out. However, a few days ago, a client who has a long-haired cat came in for a treatment and Thor decided that he would obviously be welcome and jumped onto the table just as the treatment started. It was cute but I put him out of the room.

Freyja, Thor’s sister, rarely makes an appearance, though sometimes noses around before dinnertime, and as mentioned, occassonally, she will really decide that someone is OK with cats, and even allows them a quick touch.

I had my first client who was afraid of cats. Phobias are so hard to relate to when you don’t have them yourself. I was looking at the faces of my gentle, curious cats, and thinking: how can you be afraid of them? But she managed to back into the reiki room … I kept the cats away from her, and she had a great treatment (it was her first and she was amazed at how good she felt, right away, afterwards).

I never imagined Thor might be a part of my reiki practice, but if he graces us with his presence, I consider it a pretty good thing. If he’s already dozing, he’s a pretty good model for how to be in this word. With most of my clients coming for stress and anxiety, he’s a good role model for being free of both of them. Plus, he really seems to be bring delight to various clients. A number of clients who are from overseas have had to leave their cats with family members in their home countries, so they love to be able to hang out with a cat … And one or two clients had Russian Blues in their childhood or have known Russian Blues in their time, so it’s especially nice for them to have a visit with Thor.

As in my last post about reiki cat, in May, I try to warn clients on my website if they have allergies to cats to warn me, but I understand that it’s hard to read everything on a website. Yet, I don’t want to make the cat a defining feature of my practice! One of my current clients thinks Thor is beautiful but is allergic, so popped an antihistimine before her treatment and was fine. I had a client a few months ago, who unfortunately, became so congested during the treatment from his allergy to cats that I don’t think he was able to relax into the treatment. If you’re allergic to cats, let me know before you come and I’ll give the room an extra vacuum, wash my hands an extra time, and try to make the place as free of cat fur as possible before your visit.

Discover the gifts and benefits of a session of Japanese reiki therapy, healing energy from an experienced practitioner. Since 2011, I’ve given over 900 treatments. 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.
 

Best wishes for the holidays

[The year Galeries Lafayette in Paris put their Christmas tree upside down]

From me to you, from here to there, and wherever you are in the world and from wherever you might be reading this:

✨ Have a wonderful holiday season

✨ Be nice to yourself (but don’t eat too much)

✨ Be nice to your family!

✨ Enjoy

✨ Have a wonderful new year… and I hope that 2019 will bring you what you need, peace of mind, kindness, love and healing.

(Reiki Surry Hills will be closed for the holiday season from 17 December to 2 January).

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.