what is reiki?


If you google Reiki you get this dictionary definition: '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.'

Reiki is a safe, non-invasive energy therapy that can be used alongside other complimentary therapies and orthodox medicine treating you holistically and restoring homeostasis.  Reiki is free of religious or cultural belief systems and will always work for the best of you. It will give you whatever it is that you need for your mental, spiritual, emotional and physical well-being. 

Hmm....Still got questions?  Ok, let's start with energy… what’s that?  Vitality – zing - juice – life force – power – ‘the strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity’ or so the dictionary states!  


If we are talking to our left side of the brain with all its logic, analysis, rationality and objectivity… then let’s talk Quantum Physics!

Quantum physicists discovered that everything is made of physical atoms and physical atoms are made up of vortices of energy that are constantly spinning and vibrating, each one radiating its own unique energy signature. So, that would mean that all matter is fundamentally bundles of energy, vibrating at different speeds.  Energy with a slow vibration appears to us as solid and immovable like a rock or the ground we walk on.  Energy with a faster vibration can not necessarily be seen but we can feel the wind whether as a gentle summer’s breeze or a blustery autumn day. What about us? Well we are really beings of energy and vibration, radiating our own unique energy signature! This is fact and Quantum physics has shown us this time and time again. 


So what about that right side of our brain with its creativity, intuition, spontaneity and feelings?

What have we got for you? Remember the last thunderstorm you were in.  Remember your reaction to it?  The energy swirling around you. Goosebumps on your skin and that weird building feeling of anticipation. The flash of the lightening that makes you jump. The rumble of thunder that you can almost feel in your tummy. The mixture of excitement and fear that you feel no matter how old you are!  Kapow! Energy! And you are connecting with it all, on lots of different levels, all at the same time without having to even think about it! Seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling and sensing. Just wow! Sometimes it takes a thunderstorm to awaken you to the energy that is always there in everything that surrounds us, everything that is us. 

This amazing life-force of energy is vital to our well-being and has many names.

In India it is called ‘prana’, in China it is ‘chi’, in Europe it is ‘elan vital’ and in Japan it is ‘ki’ (which is what I will refer to it as from this point).In India it is called ‘prana’, in China it is ‘chi’, in Europe it is ‘elan vital’ and in Japan it is ‘ki’ (which is what I will refer to it as from this point).

Those busy scientists have long been studying this life force and how it works within us and our bodies.  It is widely acknowledged that ki can enter your body through the top of your head (where the crown chakra is) and work through the meridians within your body.  Your own energy field, or aura, can be detected by electromagnetic measuring instruments and can even be photographed.  Eastern medicine recognised and has been with this energy for thousands of years and Acupuncture and Yoga are both based on the free-flow of this energy within you. 


If we are now aware of the energy that surrounds us, makes up everything hat we see, hear, feel touch taste and senses then is it that much of a jump to know that we can learn to connect with this energy? We already are! When we prepare and eat food, fruit veg… we are ingesting energy to fuel our bodies which are made up of energy. We live and work in partnership with other life forces of energy – family, friends, partners, animals and people! A blacksmith works with metal using fire, water, air and physical force fuelled by energy to make things that we use on a daily basis. 

So how about learning to work with energy in partnership to help others heal? Well again, we already do and have been doing for a very long time! Yoga, acupuncture, shamanism, herbalism, sound healing, spiritual healing… the list goes on! Reiki is just one type of energy healing therapy.


What happens in a REIKI session and how can reiki HElp



 If I were to be Reiki for you, I would first connect with Ki, the energy that makes up everything and surrounds us. Working in partnership with Ki, I would create and hold a ‘healing space’ for you so that you may easily access this energy for your own use. 

Your subconscious, your body, your emotions and your mental well-being will take the energy and use it however you need to, activating your own natural healing processes within your body. Sometimes I may place my hands on your body where I feel drawn to and sometimes I may above your body or from a distance.  

It can feel as though the energy is being channelled, with the energy being pulled to where it needs to go and every session is different with some experiencing sensations of heat, cold, seeing colours or feeling tingling.  Every recipient, whether human or animal,  experiences deep relaxation and often fall fast asleep during the session!  



 Oh my goodness but Reiki can help with so much! 

  • relaxation
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • grief
  • stress
  • insomnia
  • physical ailments
  • emotional concerns
  • long term illness
  • terminal illness

and so much more! Whatever you need Reiki for, it will always help you.



 As you now know, energy is everywhere making up everything we can see, feel, hear, touch, taste, smell and everything we can't too!  Reiki is working in partnership with energy and as such this means I can be Reiki for anyone and anything!  Animals, birds, fish - all sentient beings can and do benefit from Reiki.  Any living thing including plants, vegetables, flowers and trees!  There are no limits!.

Talking about limits - well, distance is no limit either.  Anyone can experience a Reiki session even if they are hundreds of miles away from me - even on the other side of the world!  Distance, time, whether the person or animal I am being Reiki for is living or dead - there are no limits.  Reiki will always work for the health, recovery and higher good.

reiki for animals


That's right... animals love Reiki!

 All animals, whether they are pets, farm, utility or wild benefit and enjoy Reiki's gentle yet powerful healing energy.  Animals intuitively recognise and appreciate Reiki's ability to heal and often quickly learn to seek it out on their own.  Reiki's natural energy helps healing on a physical, emotional and mental level so it can help heal physical ailments, injuries and illness as well as being beneficial for animals emotional and behavioural problems.  A Reiki therapy session is non-diagnostic, non-interventionist, non-manipulative and no pressure is applied (physical or otherwise).  Receiving Reiki is a relaxing, revitalising and balancing experience for the whole being.   Beneficial changes can take place over a fairly short space of time.

For animals who are terminally ill or nearing their time, Reiki is a highly effective yet gentle way to provide comfort, pain relief, alleviate anxiety and fear.  Reiki helps ease the transition from this life and will also provide support and help with grief for the animal’s companions, whether they be human or animal.  

Please remember that it is essential that you obtain veterinary treatment for a sick or dying animal.  

The paragraph below outlines the relevant legislation with regard to treating animals:

The Veterinary Surgery Act of 1966 prohibits anyone, other than a qualified veterinary surgeon from treating animals, including diagnosis of ailments and giving advice on such diagnosis.  However, the healing of animals by contact healing, by laying of hands or distant healing is legal.  The Protection of Animals Act 1911 required that if an animal clearly needs treatment from a veterinary surgeon, the owner must obtain this.  To give emergency First Aid to animals for the purpose of saving life or relieving pain is permissible under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 schedule 3.

Under The Ginkgo Tree is fully insured and supports and works within the above legislation at all times.



The great thing about Reiki and animals is that you can 'see' it working.  Your animal will most likely relax, lick their lips, lower their head and neck and pass wind.  They may yawn and some will lie down and go to sleep.         ​ 

Young animals may not show as many signs of relaxation as an older animal may, however, a young animal will often lie down to sleep after the treatment when everyone has gone.  

Every Reiki experience is different and no two sessions are the same. Reiki is deeply relaxing and has a profoundly relaxing effect.  

Be responsive to your animal's needs, resting them after treatment as the energy continues its work following the session. 

Reiki will always give your animal what they need.



 Reiki has been found to help with:                             

  • Physical injuries - tendons, ligaments etc
  • Sweet Itch (horses)
  • Laminitis
  • Colic
  • Box Walking (horses)
  • Competition Stress (for both your animal and you!)
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Grief
  • Performance
  • Wind Sucking (horses)
  • Cribbing (horses)
  • Relationship between you and your animal
  • Loading Problems (horses)
  • Appetite Loss
  • Re-homing


Distance Reiki Session

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Book a distance Reiki session for you or for a friend or family member.  Once you buy your session, I will contact you to arrange details and a photograph of yourself of the person in question. 


Reiki session (in person) CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

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Book an in person Reiki session for you or for a friend or family member in the comfort of you own home.  Once you buy your session, I will contact you to arrange details.

I am based in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire and if you live over 10 miles away, there will be additional mileage costs at 45p per mile outside the 10 mile radius.