Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a spiritual practice that includes healing techniques, and originated from Japan. Drop by my clinic in Surry Hills in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney for a treatment and discover reiki for yourself — if you haven’t done so already. Read more below for information about reiki, some reiki history and client testimonials.
The reiki room is located centrally in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, in Surry Hills, near the intersections of Albion and Riley Streets. Contact me for exact directions.
E-mail, Phone Number and Appointments
Drop me a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org or just call (between 10am and 8pm) on 0412 009895 and we’ll find a time to suit you.
A 50 minute treatment is $60, though getting you settled in and talking before and after the session will mean the full session will be over an hour.
Reasons for Reiki
Many people are drawn to Reiki and find it a powerful healing. Some reasons for having a reiki treatment include:
- Relaxation and managing stress
- Treating insomnia
- Minor depression and emotional problems
- Recurring health problems
- Illness and injury
The healing process, whether emotional, physical or mental, works in ways that can’t always be comprehended by the rational mind, nor conforming to our expectations and hopes. At the same time, some find that the improvement of the flow of energy through the body can bring feelings of peace or balance and even positive benefits for recent or recurring problems. Reiki is not meant to replace but to complement orthodox medicine and therapy.
The ‘ki’ in Reiki is the same ‘chi’ or ‘qi’ that is found in the names ‘tai chi‘ and ‘qi gong‘. It refers to energy, and the concept that we are all made up of energy (just as you may have heard that the whole universe is made up of molecules but all vibrating at different frequencies, so to us, some appear solid, some liquid, and some air). The principle of Reiki is that the reiki practioner helps facilitate a client’s own natural healing processes, to clear blockages that may have built up over time to the body’s flow of energies.
This is done through either hands-on or hands-off healing where the practicioner facilitates Ki to flow for healing purposes.
During a treatment, a client remains fully clothed and lies on a massage table. The practitioner will place hands on or near different parts of the body, although no private parts of the body will be touched. Some people feel the Ki as heat or buzzing, others feel deeply relaxed, some even fall asleep – the range of sensations experienced vary from person to person and from session to session. At the end of the treatment, the client will be gently roused, given a glass of water, and asked how they are feeling.
Usui Mikao was the founder of Reiki. He lived from 1865 to 1926. He came from a famous and influential samurai family, was born a Buddhist and studied as a child in a monastery of Tendai Buddhism, a Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism.
He practised a martial art called Aiki Jutsu from the age of 12, and became known as a teacher and expert in various martial arts forms. He travelled to Europe and America, studied in China, and was learned in history, medical science, psychology, religion (Christianity and Buddhism) as well as esoteric practices.
At one point in his life, he became a Tendai Buddhist Monk, a ‘Zaike’ in Japanese, one who remained in his own home rather than at a temple. After a 3-week period of fasting and meditation on Mt. Kurama, near Kyoto, he established an institute in Aoyama Harajuku in Tokyo to instruct Reiki and give treatments in April 1922. At the time, there were a number of other groups practising hands-on healing in Japan.
He developed his teachings and had over two thousand students in total. In a closed society, Reiki remained within Japan only. The Usui Reiki society (Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai) still exists today but is closed to foreigners and members are asked not to discuss the society with outsiders. One of Usui’s students, Hayashi Chujiro, taught a Japanese-American woman, Hawayo Takata, who brought Reiki to the west, training 22 teachers between the years 1976 and 1980. From there, Reiki has spread to all parts of the world, though is more popular and well-known in countries such as the United States and Germany.
Along the way, teachers and practioners have changed and adapted Reiki, introduced new teachings and ideas, and at times, combined it with New Age ideas. Reiki has also become primarily known for its hands-on healing. However, the Japanese tradition of Reiki was developed as a spiritual practice including meditation, mantras and mindfulness of which healing was only a part. The “precepts” of Reiki are an instruction and guide for living, a spiritual teaching that is not associated or bound to a religion:
For today only:
- Do not bear anger
- Do not be worried
- Be humble
- Be honest in your work
- Show compassion to yourself and others
My first teacher of reiki was my brother, Walter Quan, who has trained in reiki (and taught) for a very long time. He has an extensive collection of books on reiki and is based in Victoria, B.C., Canada. I’m grateful to him for introducing me to reiki which forms the basis of my spiritual practice. Visit his website here!
In 2004, soon after being initiated into level 3 reiki by Walter, I discovered the International House of Reiki, which conveniently was located a five-minute walk away from where I was working in Newtown in Sydney. Frans Steine (and his wonderful partner Bronwen, a co-founder of IHR) leads weekly ‘reiki-shares’ where his students meditate and practice reiki. It was a great gift to have the opportunity to practice reiki weekly, and work with so many different people (and so many different energies). In September 2011, I did level 3 reiki with Frans, which in the Japanese tradition in called ‘shinpiden’. Frans travels around the world giving classes. I feel lucky to be able to have him as my teacher here in Sydney.
Frans and Bronwen also founded the Shibumi International Reiki Association, a non-profit professional association which aims to support and promote Reiki that focuses on the Japanese origins of the system. It brings together Reiki practitioners from all walks of life and from multitudes of countries.
Here are some comments from clients from my truelocal and facebook pages:
” Reiki was new to me before Andy’s treatment. I wasn’t sure what to expect. The experience was deeply relaxing and had an effect on me for quite a few days afterwards. Andy’s manner is relaxed, professional and comforting. I would recommend the treatment to anyone who may be considering a massage as I found the Reiki treatment more relaxing than a massage.”
” I heard about this practitioner through a good friend who convinced me to give it a try. Being somewhat of a skeptic I didn’t have high hopes but I have to say I came away from it rejuvenated and well, converted. Extremely relaxing environment and he clearly has some kind of healing thing going on!! Highly recommended.”
“I genuinely enjoyed Andy’s treatment and felt a healing transmitted. I didn’t go for a specific complaint, but I’ve felt an inner gentleness and calmness in the days since the treatment everything seems smoother and easier. I think Andy is a very skilled, very deep and intuitive practitioner. Very grounded in his practise, but keen not to overwhelm with jargon, content to just let the experience mostly speak for itself. If you’re looking for an energy worker, I recommend Andy without hesitation”
“Before I arrived I had a pain in my stomach from constipation, which was making me uncomfortable and anxious. After the session, the pain completely disappeared and the stress in my stomach was less evident. I felt very light, peaceful and happy, which carried over to the next day. Thank you so much, you have very special healing hands.”
Here are comments from three reiki clients in March 2013, the day after their treatments: ‘I feel really relaxed which is great’; ‘I feel great and I’ve had a very clear mind’; and ‘The treatment was really wonderful – I felt very relaxed and light afterwards.’
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