Reiki tea

I like serving tea as a part of my reiki treatments. It’s a nice way to welcome a client to the reiki room, to settle into the space, and to have a sip of something that is hopefully enjoyable. If I don’t manage to serve you tea, it’s likely that I’ve been a bit too busy to get organised (because of my other work, or perhaps two reiki treatments back to back) or you’ve arrived a bit earlier than I expected. I try to be ready for clients twenty minutes before the scheduled time, as that’s when the early birds come, but I don’t always make it!

My most commonly served tea is Genmaicha. This is a Japanese roasted rice tea, that has a mix of green tea and popped roasted rice. It has an interesting savoury flavour with even a hint of oil that you can sometimes see on the surface of the tea. Many of my clients tell me they love it and so I’ve written the name out for them! It’s easy enough to find in Asian grocery stores that sell Japanese products (in the tea section, usually, or in the Japanese section). I like the loose leaf version rather than in tea bags. A photo of my favourite brand is below.

The wikipedia entry on Genmaicha tells me:

  • It is sometimes called ‘popcorn tea’ because the grains of rice pop during roasting and look like popcorn.
  • The tea was traditionally consumed by poor Japanese, as the rice was considered filler that reduced the price of the tea.
  • The tea was traditionally used by people who fasted for religious purposes or went without food for periods (probably because of its savoury qualities).
  • Finally, ‘the sugar and starch from the rice cause the tea to have a warm, full flavor that is similar to that of nuts. It is considered easy to drink and helps one’s stomach feel better.’

You learn something new every day.

While I have been remarkably consistent about serving clients genmaicha, I decided lately I needed a bit of a change, and discovered a herbal tea in Woolies (and have since seen it in Coles too). I don’t like all the flavours in the ‘Higher Living’ organic range, a British company: the cinnamon (I love cinnamon) had too much liquorice in it; the ‘ginger kick’ just didn’t have enough kick for me. But I love their ‘green tea with coconut’ and their ‘green tea with chai.’ Great combos. Clients seem to like it too.

When I was in university in Canada, my favourite herbal tea was ‘Almond Sunset’ from the company Celestial Seasonings from Colorado. It was such an odd flavour that they stopped producing it for a long time and then brought it back in 2016 by request, but I don’t think they sell it in Australia!

In any case, let me know in advance if you have a request for the type of tea I’ll serve you during your treatment, or feel free to recommend a new kind of herbal tea to try (I think it’s best to limit the caffeine in drinks for reiki when  trying to relax!).

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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.

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.

Reiki brain waves: What happens in Frans’s brain?

In last week’s blog post, I gave a little introduction to the idea of how brain waves, and their different speeds and vibrations, relate to healing and to reiki.

What inspired me to write these were some amazing articles that Frans posted on his website, and which were also posted on LinkedIn. The article on LinkedIn is a summarised version, easier to understand for those new to the material, I think, but missing some fun illustrations.

The article on LinkedIn

So, if you want to read the full article, the better version is here on the International House of Reiki website.

Judith Pennington does scientific research on brain waves. Her very interesting website can be found here. Using an EEG machine, an electroencephalograph (say that ten times fast!), she looked at healers to examine the brain wave frequences that I reviewed in the previous blog: beta, alpha, theta, delta and gamma waves.

In a series of studies in 2011 with modern reiki healers in New York City, she found that while giving reiki, they produced brainwave patterns that reflect higher states of awareness, patterns only seen in meditators, energy workers, spiritual seekers and highly creative people.

Biophysicist and inventor of the Mind Mirror (an EEG designed to study brain waves), Max Cade identified the Awakened Mind pattern and describes it as the shape of a human. He also said that the appearance of a “higher-state brainwave pattern such as the Evolved Mind stabilizes lower stats such as the Awakened Mind”. This says to me that the more work that I do on myself, the more awakening and evolution I achieve, creates building blocks, meaning I could get into the higher states more easily or frequently. Come to think of it, I think this would be an argument for reiki clients who feel that reiki helps them to have regular treatments; and that it should be easier for the body to tap into the same healing energy as previously rather than, say, starting from scratch.

In any case, when Pennington studied Frans in 2011, she saw something she’d never seen before: whether he was healing or telling a joke, his brain wave showed the slowest delta waves, with only the slightest display of theta, alpha and beta waves, a ‘yoga nidra state’, or a ‘psychic sleep’. So, it was energy from the deepest place of meditation, a dreamless sleep. When I looked at the picture of this, the ‘no mind’ state, it was so simple that I didn’t really pay attention the first time. It’s simply this pattern on the left!

Apparently, this pattern can be seen before someone enters transcendence and their brainwaves go into an open circular pattern, an ‘evolved mind’ (pictured above).

I don’t know if it’s useful but these days when meditating, I sometimes picture my mind simply turning into a circle, the brain waves stilling to this perfect form … In any case, Pennington sees this place as one where an exchange can take place with the ‘collective unconscious’ or ‘the field’.

Here’s a little video of Frans and Judith chatting about the experience:

Pennington concluded at the time:

[R]eal healing is occurring through Reiki. We know this because brain wave frequencies are not confined to the brain, but cascade via harmonic wave motion into every cell and atom in the body … The frequencies conducted by the healer jumpstart the “body electric” and instruct repair systems to do their repair work. In the process, light flowing into every level of one’s being carries intuitive insights into the mind, love into the heart, and illumination to the spirit.

Researchers have shown that an increase in the strength of brain waves, whether from the awakened and evolved mind patterns or gamma waves, increases the output of energy from the fingers and this energy ripples into infinity, with the consequence of healing the world. While this is a precious service to humanity, just as beautiful is the ability of energy work to heal and evolve the healer’s consciousness as much if not more than the person being healed.

Of course, no one needs to see brain wave patterns to know that healing has occurred. We can feel, experience and know this. And yet, it’s always good for the doubting ego to logically understand the process, so that it can unreservedly believe, trust and surrender to the divine Light which so deeply loves and heals us and all things.

In 2015, Judith returned for more brain testing on Frans. What she discovered is that Frans’s continued daily practices of meditation and healing had increased his theta waves, and increased his gamma waves: “increased amplitudes of gamma at 30-38 hertz and newly visible gamma amplitudes appearing at up to 64 hertz”. In her report, she describes this as evidence of neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to change itself (a topic which I’ve read about and has interested me over the last years). She also reports on Frans’s experience in 2011 of, what some people might call, enlightenment. I found this a fascinating story but perhaps we’ll explore it another time!

In her first reports, Pennington drew a distinction between the healing brainwaves that she found in modern reiki healers (and other healers) and Frans and a few of his other students from the International House of Reiki, where she found the former’s healing brainwaves were operating at the theta and alpha speeds (meditation, and presence in the ‘now’) as compared to IHR practitioners’ brainwaves which showed evidence of the slowest waves, beta, the deepest meditation, just before the entrance to the collective unconscious and gamma waves, the fastest waves, associated with universal love and guidance.

In a video made after the first experiment, Frans would describe the reason for this as a focus by traditional Japanese reiki therapy on spirituality and on daily practice to embody reiki in every moment of our lives. It is an internal practice to be as often as possible in an open, interconnected space, more than just meditating or being in the present (though these practises are good and admirable too), and cultivating oneness and a lack of separation. Instead of seeing healing between a reiki master and a client, we become one. We create a healing space recognising our connectedness, and tapping into the universe.

Judith described that she requested some healing from Frans, having just been through surgery and being in pain. She described afterwards being in no pain and her mind being “sharp, clear and flowing with higher awareness”. She also noted “The best thing about gamma is that once it is experienced for a sustained period of time, it can return.” This explains for me, in a way I didn’t quite understand before, why the effects of reiki often carry out for many days after the treatment (and can even create a permanent shift in energy and being).

Pennington finishes her 2015 article with advice for achieving your own neuroplasticity: meditating can help the brain evolve by developing your attention and eliminating negative thought patterns; then, she says, remember a time when you were happy, inspired and filled with bliss and creativity – this represents your awakened or evolved mind. Remembering and reliving these experiences can lead to being in touch with your gamma brainwaves and a “leap in your consciousness”.

Sounds good 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.
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 brain waves: how reiki works


My teacher, Frans Stiene, posted some really interesting articles about an experiment that a researcher did on brain waves, in fact on his brain waves! That information has slowly been seeping into my brain! And I think it’s an interesting way of understanding how reiki works.

So, different wavelengths of our brain operate at different speeds, and are associated with different activities.

Delta waves are generated in deepest meditation and dreamless sleep.

Theta waves are also in deep meditation, but more a dreamlike state, a gateway to learning and memory and where we hold our ‘stuff’.

Alpha waves are found in quietly flowing thoughts. They are the thoughts in the present, in the now.

Beta waves are the normal brainwaves of our waking consciousness: mental activity and decisions; they can range from low beta waves (musing) to beta (engagement) to high beta (excitement and anxiety).

Gamma waves, the fastest, high-frequency waves, are the simultaneous processing of information from different brain areas, and researchers have discovered them active in higher states of consciousness like altruism and love.

A good summary of this (and where the above descriptions come from) is in this 2015 article from Share Reiki.

So, how does this apply to reiki? Well, the human body has electrical and magnetic energies that flow through it and around living tissues, creating a magnetic field around the body. Researcher Bernadette Doran describes that it was found that magnetic or energy fields can create healing. In this article, she says that:

Pulsing magnetic fields from the hands of Reiki therapists are in the same frequency ranges that are optimal for stimulating tissue repair. Biologically optimal levels of electromagnetic frequencies for stimulating human tissue repair are all in what’s called the extremely low frequency (ELF) range. They have been documented as 2 cycles per second (Hz) for nerve regeneration, 7 Hz for bone growth, 10 Hz for ligament repair, and 15 Hz for capillary formation.

She presents another theory that says the brain waves of energy therapists are synchronised with the earth’s magnetic field, about 7.83 Hz, which is just at the top of the Theta range, above (dreaming) and a smidge below Alpha (being in the ‘present’): ‘Some scientists call it the “tuning fork” of the planet, claiming that it generates natural healing properties when living things are entrained to its rhythm.’ Another researcher, Pennington, clarifies that while healing energy travels from 0 to 30 Hz, it tends to be concentrated at 7.8 Hz, where ‘peak meditation and healing take place in the human body, mind and spirit.’

Both Doran and Pennington describe research that says that different techniques used by reiki practitioners, such as intention, compassion and visualising symbols, can amplify the magnetic fields.

This leads me to think of what I tell my clients, “Reiki brings you what you need at the time”. So, some clients might have a need of physical healing, and the healing frequencies of reiki get targeted where they’re needed, for example, as said above, at the nerves, bones, ligaments or capillaries. Other clients, to address anxiety and worry, may need to be brought into the present moment, where there are no anxieties and worries, and so their bodies may tune into Alpha waves. And still others may need to release some issues from the sub-conscious and past, and may need stimulation with Theta waves.

In next week’s blog, I’ll explore what happened when researcher Judith Pennington tested Frans’s brainwaves!

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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.

Reports on a few clients

I always find it interesting and useful to hear back from clients, and I think it’s a good thing to be able to share this with you. It gives people an idea of what they might experience or moreso the different range of experiences, and everyone has different sensations and outcomes from treatments, and individuals might have different experiences from each treatment!

A few clients report only positive experiences. One client reported recently that after she left the treatment:

“I felt peace. Peace during all the rest of the day and next day as well. I could say that it helped me to be balanced. That peace is found today as well, and It helps me to not rush into things, and to be patient with myself, time and cycles.”

Another client said he got “exactly what I needed from the last reiki session. It cleared my mind from the troubles I had.”

Other clients report some negative feelings, sometimes after positive ones, but accepting that this is part of the healing process. One reported being on a “big high on the day” of the treatment, but needing to deal with “really strong emotions” the next day.

Another client felt emotional, really tired, unmotivated and drained! But she also believed that these were energies, following the treatment, that she needed to go through, and that she’ll definitely have another reiki session at some time.

And another client had a really interesting experience during the treatment, feeling the different kinds of energy throughout his body, but then felt afterwards a mild headache and sluggish before feeling better the next day.

I had two interesting reports from clients about physical issues. One is a regular client, and for the first time, during the treatment and after, she felt immense pain at her knee. Even though she had had minor problems with her knee before, it wasn’t so painful (and she hadn’t come to reiki for her knee problem). After the treatment, with the pain continuing, she went to her doctor who diagnosed that she had torn her meniscus and needed surgery. So, while it wasn’t pleasant, it seems like the treatment allowed her inner light to be brighter and shine a light on this problem so that it could get fixed. Reiki couldn’t repair her meniscus but it did push her towards action that was needed.

Another client came specifically because of long-term hip issues. For at least two days afterwards, his hips felt worse. I’m not sure if he’s found a solution, but I would guess that the same thing happened. The treatment was pointing out an issue that needs to be solved. Healing isn’t always relaxing and pleasant. I hope he can find some way to resolve the issues!

Finally, I thought I would report on another long-term client, who has been coming for the last 10 months, about every 3 weeks. Coming for a first treatment in the midst of much personal turmoil and problems, and not something that was going to be easily or quickly resolved, she found that the treatments helped her, on a regular basis to deal with the stress of the situation. She often receives messages during the treatments, phrases or words that give her strength or reassurance. She described at her last treatment feeling more grounded and less frantic, and I’ve seen it too, a wonderful progression to being happier and calmer (particularly as the situation resolved).

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 or call me 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.

A report from the reiki retreat

In August, I did a reiki retreat with the International House of Reiki. It’s the 10th year that they’ve done it, and even though I’ve been hanging out with IHR longer than that, I’ve never managed to make it before. I always thought it was the wrong time, or I was doing other travelling, or I didn’t want to leave my partner and do a trip on my own, or … Always an excuse, so I’m glad I didn’t make any excuses this time, I just went!

It was held in the Sanctuary Retreat near Mission Beach in Far North Queensland, about two hours’ drive south of Cairns. It’s a pretty, quiet and isolated place, with a 20-minute walk, albeit a very steep one, to a gorgeous beach called Garner’s Beach. And if you’ve followed my Facebook or Instagram accounts, you’ll know that I met, for the first time, some friendly cassowaries, which are magnificent and strange Australian creatures who have a reputation for being dangerous and aggressive. These weren’t, luckily.

Over the four days of the retreat, we met every morning and afternoon for two to three hours, and meditated, chanted and did various reiki exercises, on our own, or in pairs or small groups, meaning we also practised reiki on each other. It was a wonderful way of deepening my practice, with my dear teacher, Frans Stiene, who is one of the world’s most well-known and best reiki teachers (though he would be far too modest to tell you that) and his ex-wife, Bronwen Logan, who co-runs the International House of Reiki with him and lead us in a number of beautiful meditations.

As reiki traditionally has been taught by a teacher directly to students (rather than, say, in a classroom or online), I think it’s really important to keep in touch with and spend time with your teacher. My brother was my first reiki teacher, but as soon as I started doing regular reiki practices and taking courses with Frans, he became my main teacher who I continue to ask advice and seek guidance from. The retreat was a great way to spend time with him!

But mostly, the retreat was about deepening my practice. This is a way to then bring back deeper treatments for my clients. I can feel it already! It was also great to talk to others who teach reiki, or also give treatments, and with all who were there, who consider reiki an important part of their lives. One thing that was interesting is that when I was receiving reiki, there was a part of my head between my right nostril and ear that was extremely painful. Ouch. It happened every time. As I’m normally used to reiki only being relaxing and pleasant, it gave me good insight into what some of my clients experience who have reported unpleasant feelings during a treatment. It was also a good lesson in trusting that even though the healing didn’t feel good that it was necessary to go through (though… ouch).

That was only one of the interesting insights into my own practice and also, the time to relax and be quiet in warmer weather than the Sydney winter, was nourishing. If you’re a reiki practitioner, I definitely can recommend this retreat, and for anyone else, I can recommend that taking time to retreat, time to yourself and to be quiet, will be good for other parts of your life. Perhaps take a lesson from me, and don’t make excuses. Just make the time and space to do 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.
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 newsletters


A young cassowary: check out my Facebook page for a video of an adult.

Sending out newsletters to clients is a way to keep in touch with them, and I think it’s useful for my business. I’m not completely sure: I know how much I hate to deal with too many email newsletters and promotions, and also know what it feels like to feel drowning in information and things to do.

Hopefully, since I only manage to send out these newsletters twice or three times a year, clients will forgive me… and they can always unsubscribe.

I usually try to have a topical introduction and then links to two blog posts that I hope will be useful or informative. Since I’ve just come back from a reiki retreat in Far North Queensland (which I’ll blog about later), the theme of this newsletter was cassowaries. Which may seem a bit random, but you know: cassowaries.

If you’d like to check out the latest newsletter, I believe you can do so by clicking here. And you can also subscribe there too…

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.

Some reviews from Facebook and Google

It’s always great to share feedback with you from clients. Here’s the latest:

From Facebook

Vanessa, July 2018: “I really enjoyed my session. I felt relaxed and floated out of the building, feeling calm & more settled than I had been for a long time. Thank you Andy!”

Mike, July 2018: “Had my first session with Andy when he was just commencing his Reiki journey. His skills & healing energy have increased greatly over the years & a recent session proves his powerful understanding of universal energy & impact. I highly recommend Andy and his professional approach to stress, pain & mental clarity!”

Jenan, June 2018: “I had my first reiki experience last week . I was very surprised how good and relaxing it was. It definitely helped me to clear my head as I felt like I was stuck with my own negative thoughts for a while to a point that it affects my studies and my concentration. Now I feel like I’m back on track with everything, I’m more energized and simply happy and balanced!! Thank you Andy

Adrian, April 2018: “Andy was amazing! My first session was very relaxing and I could feel the treatment help my stress around my chest and head. I highly recommend Andy’s work.”

From Google

Janne:I’m so grateful for having my first reiki session done by Andy. The whole experience during and after the treatment is beyond what I had imagined. The level of peace , connectedness and balance is something that puts me in awe. I recommend Andy to everyone and I’m definitely going back for more!”

Alexis: “My treatment with Andy left me feeling more calm and peaceful than I ever remember feeling. One day on and I’m far more relaxed, positive and energised. 100% recommended.”

Vien:Magical experience. As sufferer of anxiety and depression Reiki has done wonders. My advice is to stay relax and mentally allow yourself to heal.”

Alexandra:I had my first Reiki session with Andy a week ago and it had a profoundly positive impact. I highly recommend him. Thank you Andy!”

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 and technology

As reiki is an old practice (its founder Mikao Usui was born in 1865), it surprises me how much help I get from technology for my reiki practice. Without technology, I think I’d be alone giving reiki to my cats and husband!

So, I’m grateful and impressed the way today’s world helps a traditional practice. Most people find me with a Google search, which takes them to my Google business listing. From there, they either visit my website or my Facebook page.

Booking an appointment is often these days through the online booking service, Bookwell, which is very convenient and allows you to see when I’m available and choose your time. Clients also book through email, SMS and the request form on my website.

Then the magic of smartphones really assists us. I remember in my first year of reiki practice how upset I was when someone just didn’t bother to show up for their treatment. Because I wasn’t getting many clients, and hadn’t established my routine of setting up the room for clients, getting the room ready and then not even receiving an apology call made me not so peaceful and calm. But these days, as soon as I get a booking, I can send a client a confirmation by SMS, that includes helpful information for the treatment. Clients almost always respond affirmatively so sometimes if I don’t get a reply, I know to send an extra reminder.

Google Maps has been really helpful too. Part of Surry Hills’s charm is the small laneways and how you can get lost in them. But I’ve had too many clients get lost, and wander around in circles trying to find me. Now, I give instructions on how to find me by Google Maps and it works most times (it doesn’t work when clients don’t use Google Maps, or their phone loses charge!).

During the treatment, technology helps me again: I love being able to choose the music that is played during the treatment, and find the quality of my UE Boom speaker great. How amazing these days that I play my Spotify playlist through my iPhone to the portable speaker. And since I usually serve tea to clients before and after a treatment, my Bodum tea warmer is technology of sorts, even if it’s not electronic.

Finally, as you’ll know if you’ve had a reiki treatment with me, I always send a follow-up email after the treatment: I think this is important to make sure you can ask me questions if you have them, to report back if you want, and the email can also be a prompt for you to reflect on the treatment and if it brought you what you needed.

So, while the reiki treatment itself doesn’t actually need to use any technology, technology helps make the treatment happen. What an interesting world we live in.

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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.

Reiki for friends and family (and treatment #700)

Approaching my 700th official treatment since 2011, when I started recording them, I thought it would be nice to give the 700th treatment to my husband (above, gamely being the model for my Bookwell photos). So, it worked out for both of us in our schedules, and I’ve hit treatment number 700!

It made me think about giving treatments to friends and family. I think that when people start learning reiki, that’s who they practise on, but doing reiki as a business and vocation, I often forget to make sure that I’m giving or offering a treatment to Stevie, the most important person in my life! And while I offered friends treatments when I was starting, I don’t do it often enough now. And I should: to introduce them to reiki or for a treat.

So, reiki practitioners, don’t forget to treat your friends and loved ones! And friends of mine, don’t be shy if you’ve never had a reiki treatment to ask for one.

Discover the gifts and benefits of a session of Japanese reiki therapy, healing energy from an experienced practitioner. Since 2011, I’ve given over 700 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 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.