Common Questions Answered
What are Reiki and Seichem?
Reiki (ray-key) is a safe and gentle hands-on healing technique which is suitable for everyone regardless of age or physical health. Working with the seven main energy centres in your body (the places where the myofascial system is at its most dense, also known in Eastern traditions as the Chakras) it is a natural holistic therapy which balances and heals all aspects of a person. It will benefit your body and also your mind and spirit, helping to release energy blockages which may be the result of physical injury or negative experiences. When the process is kick-started, the body has the ability to heal itself.
The Oxford English 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”.
Seichem (say-keem) works in exactly the same way as Reiki and also includes working with the electromagnetic energy field which surrounds the body. It is an offshoot of the traditional Usui Reiki system.
Although shortened to 'Reiki', a healing session with Sarah will typically combine Usui Reiki and Seichem to help you relax, feel peaceful, and less stressed. It will aid your body's natural ability to heal itself and will increase your feeling of well-being as your body is able to function more effectively. You might also experience mental clearing, emotional release, and a letting go of old energies and ties that have been blocking you.
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.
What will my first session be like?
After an initial consultation, you will move onto the treatment couch, when you will be invited to close your eyes and relax. You will remain fully clothed throughout the treatment and hands will be gently placed on or above the main energy centres of your body, as well as any other areas that need Reiki. A full treatment takes approximately 45 mins to 1 hour.
Comfortable clothing (including socks) is recommended, ideally made from breathable fibres. A blanket will also be offered.
Every person and session is different but these are some of the most common experiences clients have reported. Some people experience gentle tingling, or other physical sensations. Some report seeing colours, or find that old memories or emotions come up, while other people do not notice any sensations other than the gentle hands of the practitioner. It is quite common to fall asleep during a session. All of these things are perfectly normal. Whether or not you 'feel' anything happening, the treatment is still working.
At the end of the session you will be offered a drink of water, and advised to stay well-hydrated for a few days afterwards. This will help your body to release energy and toxins which have been moved around during the treatment. It is also advisable to avoid additional toxins (such as alcohol, caffeine, smoking) after a session.
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 after your first session. You can't have too much, but depending on your needs, you might feel that you need more treatments.
When clients have a specific reason for seeking Reiki, 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, such as St George's Hospital in Tooting, and in various hospices.
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. It can also help to find more peace and acceptance of the situation.
How does a Distance Healing treatment work?
Distance / Absentee Healing is surely the most fascinating (and seemingly magical) thing about Reiki! Energy isn't limited by spatial distance, so energy healing is effective wherever you are.
To conduct a remote session, we will agree a specific time, and where possible will begin the session with a video call. During the treatment, you will ideally relax and be in a receptive state. At the end of the session, we will talk via video call again or feedback can be sent electronically. You will be advised to stay well hydrated for a few days, and to avoid additional toxins as much as possible.
Are there any scientific studies about Reiki?
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 you offer gift certificates?
Yes, personalised PDF gift certificates are available for individual sessions or blocks of treatments and are valid for a period of 3 months from the date of issue, or 6 months in the case of 10 or more sessions purchased at the same time.
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 will my treatment take place?
In-person treatments are carried out in the Reiki room at my home in Billingshurst (pictured below). 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' (over £30). Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, Amex, V Pay, Android, and ApplePay are all accepted. Distance Healing sessions are invoiced in advance via PayPal and can be paid with your preferred method (PayPal balance, card etc).