Holding Hands

Common Questions

What are Reiki and Seichem?

Reiki (ray-key or rye-key) can be used as a safe and gentle hands-on healing modality which is suitable for everyone regardless of age or physical health. It is a natural holistic therapy which balances and heals all aspects of a person - it can benefit your mind, body and spirit. The Oxford English Dictionary definition of Reiki is “a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being”. But Reiki doesn't have to involve hands at all and can also be offered remotely. 


Seichem (say-keem) works in exactly the same way as Reiki - it is an offshoot of the traditional Usui Reiki system. 

Although shortened to 'Reiki', a healing session with Sarah will typically combine both Usui Reiki and Seichem to help you relax, feel peaceful, and less stressed. It will assist your natural ability to heal and will increase your feeling of physical well-being. You might also experience mental clearing, emotional release, and a letting go of old energies or beliefs that have been 'blocking' your natural healing ability.

Who can benefit from this treatment?

Reiki can benefit anyone. The treatment is very gentle and nurturing. If you have physical limitations and are not able to lay on a treatment couch, it is possible to conduct your treatment in a seated position. Please be sure to request this at the time of booking.

How many sessions will I need?

The number and frequency of Reiki treatments will depend on various factors such as your reason for wanting Reiki, your schedule, and how you feel. It is quite common to start with an initial course of weekly or bi-weekly treatments for a period of 4 to 8 weeks. Other clients enjoy regular monthly treatments, or simply book an appointment whenever they feel it would be of particular benefit to them.

Can you work with clients who have a terminal or chronic illness?

Absolutely. This gentle and nurturing treatment may be used to compliment traditional (allopathic) medicine, and can help a sick client to feel more relaxed and balanced. In fact, as the benefits are becoming more well-known, Reiki is increasingly being offered in hospital settings. For terminally ill clients, Reiki can help to bring comfort, peace, and make it easier to cope with pain or unpleasant side-effects of medical treatment. Healing doesn't mean 'curing' - an important aspect of healing is finding peace and acceptance in all situations. 

How does a Distance Reiki Healing work?

'Remote' or 'Absentee' Healing is surely the most fascinating thing about Reiki! Energy isn't limited by spatial distance, so energy healing is effective wherever you are. During an in-person treatment, you are not being touched at all times, and Distance Reiki is essentially no different. People who have both types of treatment are usually surprised that they can 'feel' things happening in the same way, regardless of proximity. 

To conduct a remote session, we will agree a specific time, and will begin the session with a video call. During the treatment, you are invited to relax and be in a receptive state. At the end of the session, we will briefly talk again via video call. After Care is the same regardless of location. 

Are there any scientific studies about Reiki?

Yes, you can find a 57-page PDF from the UK Reiki Federation called 'REIKI - The Scientific Evidence' here. There is also a great summary article in Elephant Journal which you can find here.

I spent time reading about energy, quantum entanglement and more, when I was first trying to understand how Reiki works. But here's the thing, Reiki is experiential, like swimming. You can read about it, and even understand the mechanics of it, but until you get in the water and experience the feeling of propelling yourself while floating, you can't really ever truly 'get' what swimming is. The best way to understand Reiki is to experience it for yourself. 

Do I have to believe in anything to receive Reiki?

Not all all. It doesn't matter whether you believe in Reiki or not - it will still work. Reiki was designed not to be associated with any particular religion or set of beliefs and is 'Universal' (the Rei in Reiki can be translated as 'universal'). It is all-inclusive and actually works through the idea of interconnectedness, rather than division or separation. People with all backgrounds and beliefs* use and enjoy Reiki. 

*Christians might find the website christianreiki.org helpful in answering questions specific to your faith. 

Will my private healthcare cover the cost of Reiki?

As a fully qualified and insured Practitioner Member of the UK Reiki Federation, many private health insurers will allow you to claim back some or all of the cost of your treatment and a detailed receipt can be provided for this purpose. However, it will depend on your personal level of cover and the individual insurer.

Where does treatment take place?

In-person treatments are carried out in the Reiki room at my home in Billingshurst. An address and map are provided with your booking confirmation. Distance Healing can be carried out wherever you are in the world, at a prearranged time. You are advised to find a comfortable space where you feel safe and relaxed.

Which payment methods do you accept?

In-person payment can be accepted in cash, or via contactless or 'chip & pin'. Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, Amex, V Pay, Android, and ApplePay are all accepted. Distance Healing sessions are payable in advance and can also be paid with your preferred method (PayPal, BACS transfer, card payment etc).