What is it?

Reiki is a practice for healing the body, mind and spirit. It is an ancient hands-on healing method and is most commonly facilitated by light touch. Reiki is based on the concept that an energy flow exists within every living being. As in many disciplines from the East it is noted that when Ki (or chi, prana, life force energy) is free-flowing, people are generally healthier and happier. Reiki enhances the body’s own ability for self-healing.

Reiki is used throughout the world by people of all creeds and belief systems. It complements traditional western medicine and is suited for everyone including babies, children, pregnant women, the elderly, those with long-term illnesses and the dying.

The two ways to experience Reiki energy are to have a treatment form a Reiki practitioner or to learn how to use it for yourself.


Reiki was rediscoverd by Mikao Usui in Japan during the second part of the 19th century. Further developed by Dr. Hayashi, Reiki was brought into the West in the 1950s through Mrs. Takata.

Since the 1980s Reiki has flourished in the Western World. Reiki is now widely used in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, schools and by many individuals for personal healthcare and well-being.

In the 1990s, another strand of Reiki, that had never left Japan, was rediscovered. Chujiro Yamaguchi (student of Hayashi) and her son Tadao developed Jikiden Reiki in an attempt to re-introduce the original style of Reiki in its simple and authentic form, the way it was originally taught.

What are the benefits?

A Reiki treatment is known for its balancing effects on mind, body and spirit. It promotes and supports the body’s innate ability to heal itself. With this in mind, the benefits can be wide and varied, and may:

  • promote relaxation
  • aid better sleep
  • reduce stress
  • boost the immune system
  • increase energy levels
  • improve focus and clarity of mind
  • enhance self-confidence
  • help with the grieving process
  • complement other therapies
  • accelerate the healing process after injuries and surgery
  • help maintain health and well-being

Reiki does not promote healing in a medical sense, yet can work well as complementary treatment alongside traditional medicine.

Reiki can help during times of major change and works well as a preventative method.

How does it work?

We all have an energy field (aura) surrounding our physical body. As we go through life we place demands on our energy field. During a Reiki treatment this energy field can re-energise. Reiki restores the natural balance of the body, providing deep relaxation and bringing a sense of peace and well-being. It is called universal life energy because it draws upon the healing energy of the universe rather than the energy of the practitioner.

Ulrike has been professionally trained as Reiki practitioner for more than 10 years. Reiki will pass through clothing, bandages, plaster casts, or braces so anyone can avail of a Reiki treatment.

What happens during a treatment?

Ulrike will complete a client consultation form with you and explain what a Reiki treatment includes and how it works. Reiki is non-intrusive, and the client always remains fully clothed during a treatment. Ulrike follows either a full sequence of hand positions on or over the body, or works intuitively placing the hands only on or above certain areas. Reiki treatments can be given with the client lying down or being seated depending on their needs. Generally, clients can feel a deep sense of relaxation, heat, tingling, coolness and energy flowing during a treatment. No two treatments are the same, as Reiki works on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Usually, a Reiki treatment lasts one hour.

How often should I go?

Someone who has a chronic condition is usually advised to have a weekly Reiki treatment for four to six weeks for the energy to build up in the system. Treatments can then be reviewed by the client and practitioner at any time.

People with acute conditions may notice lasting improvements after two treatments.

Some people use Reiki as preventative measure and come for treatments every six to eight weeks.

(sources: Reiki Federation Ireland, William Lee Rand,

The Reiki Principles

For today only

Do not anger

Do not worry

Be grateful

Do your work

Be kind to yourself and others.

(from the Mikao Usui Memorial Stone)

Important: Reiki Presence does not claim to “cure” any particular condition. A Reiki treatment helps to enhance the body’s own abitlity to heal itself. It is not intended to replace medical treatment. As a professional, Ulrike will not “diagnose” or tell you to discontinue medical treatment.


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