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What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese phrase meaning Universal Life Force, which is a conscious and spiritual energy that originates from the infinite source of the Universe, Life or Divine Love.


Reiki is originally an ancient Tibetan Buddhist Qigong healing method that was later re-discovered by Buddhist monk Mikao Usui, who used it to help the healing of many during a devastating earthquake in Japan (1923). Just like how gravity or electrical currents exist mysteriously in the inner workings of life on earth and cannot usually seen by the naked eye, Reiki exists and can open ones heart to a deep sense of connectedness with all of creation.



How does Reiki work and feel like?

Reiki is believed to be an infinite Universal energy that can only do good, by communicating intelligently with the body and mind to go exactly where it needs, or do what it needs to activate the self-healing process. In other is not the therapist who heals you, it is actually your own self-healing powers that has been topped up or activated through Reiki.

Hence it is a non-intrusive and non-manipulative method, as the receiver is not required to do anything but just breathe during treatment.


Reiki is usually channelled through the hands and works with the seven main Chakras as well as other smaller subtle Chakras of our body. Some say they don't feel anything at all, but go into a relaxed state. Whilst others have said they felt vibrating electric currents or warmth from May's hands, deep relaxation and even to the extent of seeing colours or light!



What are the benefits of Reiki?

Many choose to have Reiki as it promotes good health and well-being through rejuvenating the body in a natural way of energetic nourishment. Each individual can react differently to Reiki depending on what they need, for example some might feel energised right after Reiki, whilst others may feel sleepy instead. Client's will often experience stress relief and improvements in conditions resulting from prolonged stress or high cortisol levels.


In summary, the usual benefits of Reiki includes:  

  • Deep relaxation

  • Improved sleep

  • Pain relief

  • Promotes the detoxification process

  • Strengthening of the natural self-healing ability and immune system

  • A gradual increase in personal energy, vitality and confidence

  • A healthier mind-body connection and feeling more connected with all of life or greater meaning

  • Release of emotional and energetic blockages from the Chakras

  • Greater personal growth and spiritual awareness or expansion

  • Increased instinctual balance in life and inner peace



How May facilitates a Reiki session

In a therapeautic session, May tends to delve deeply into her client's Chakras during Reiki to discover how each Chakra is doing, if there are any issues that are being held, blocked or brought up and whether the Chakras need any balancing. She often works intuitively and will discuss how the client is feeling through the session.


It is important to note that Reiki can often be powerful and very honest. Those who are sensitive might find that Reiki has the ability to bring up issues or inner shadows that they have buried deep down or thought they had already dealt with in the past. As long as the issue still needs to be healed, it is possible that Reiki will bring it up for it to be fully worked with and healed for your highest good. So at times, working with Reiki can mean doing deep inner work for your own healing.


May has worked with clients who used Reiki to help them recover from traumatic incidents, feelings of shock, grief or disconnectedness through personal crisis, prolonged anxiety and insomnia through life transitions, transforming negative mind-set or low mood into positivity, pain relief from prolonged physical conditions, and clearing spiritual blocks through chakra balance and cleansing, and of course spiritual development as well as growth in consciousness.



May's Reiki Training & Lineage

May studied with and received Level One [August 2017] as well as Level Two [25th January 2018] Reiki Attunement from highly qualified Master Teacher Michael Kaufmann in the Usui lineage. So she is a fully qualified Reiki Practitioner with the ability to do both hands-on Reiki treatments in person as well as Distant Reiki remotely or through video call.


May's Reiki Lineage in the 'Usui Method of Natural Healing' is as follows:

*Mikao USUI > Chujiro Hayashi > Hawayo Takata > Phyllis Lei Furumoto > Carell Ann Farmer > Leah Smith > William Lee Rand > Elizabeth Gilberg > William S. Tupkal > Lynne Blanchard > Lindy Barron > Jollean Matsen > Stephanie Rink > Michael Kaufmann > May




Reiki sessions are usually one-to-one and includes time before and after session to discuss how client may be feeling or what issues have arised during session/week. Clients remain fully dressed in clothing throughout the session and Reiki can be through touch or non-touch methods.


Sessions can be booked in 2 ways:

a) {IN}: May's home in Woolwich (London SE18)

b) {OUT}: At client's home/office where May will travel to you: As May relies on public transport, there are locations that she is unable to cover and will have to decline a booking in those circumstances.

Please check the Price List below and book with May directly via email: thecatpose[dash]wellbeing[at]gmail[dot]com  OR use our booking page 



After the session

It is suggested that clients should take some time to rest after working with vibrations and energy of Reiki, as it may impact client's physical, emotional or spiritual state by bringing what needs to be explored or healed into conscious awareness throughout the week.

As a complementary therapy method Reiki does NOT replace the need for medical attention or medication, and depending on the needs of a client's condition the number of recommended sessions can vary from 1-8 sessions for work on a particular issue, or ongoing weekly sessions for general wellbeing and relaxation.

Reiki Pricing 11.2018 5 Reiki Principles