What is Reiki?


The gentle touch of Reiki reduces stress and anxiety. It promotes relaxation and well-being and can help alleviate burnout.  While it does not directly cure diseases or illnesses it’s a complementary or alternative approach to health.  It can restore physical, emotional, mental and spiritual balance.  

What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing.  It is non-invasive.
The meaning of the word comes from 2 Japanese words.  The first word being rei meaning universal.  The second word being ki meaning the vital life force energy flowing through all living things.  (This life force is also known as chi, qi or prana.)

Where is Reiki Used?
Reiki is used in private clinics and practices as well as in hospitals, nursing homes, palliative care hospices and community services in many places around the world.  It is also offered as part of workplace wellness programmes.

In Person Session or Distant?
Most Reiki sessions take place in person.  You will either sit in the chair or lie on a massage fully clothed.   The practitioner will usually use up to 12 -15 hand positions during the session.

Distant or remote Reiki can also be effective.  A session can take place by video or phone but can also be done effectively with a photo or a crystal.  Reiki uses symbols and the distant symbol would be used for a distant session.  The client’s consent is always requested.

Where did Reiki Originate?
Reiki originated in Japan in the early 20th Century.   
Mikao Usui founded a clinic and school in Tokyo in the 1920’s.  Dr. Hayashi would take over the teachings when Mikao Usui passed away.  Mrs Haway Takato, a student of Dr Hayashi, would bring Reiki to the West.  She would practise and teach in Hawaii.  In the 1970’s Mrs Takato would introduce Reiki to the USA mainland.

Science & Reiki
The studies on Reiki are small but their are some overlapping studies that indicate that Reiki can be effective in reducing anxiety and depressive symptoms and increasing overall well being.

It’s been about 10 years since I received my Reiki attunements.  Since that time I regularly use Reiki on myself, my family, other connections  (always with their consent) and even family pets.  This has been done ‘in-person’ and ‘by distance’.

My  first hand experience of Reiki goes back further. I have been receiving Reiki healing from a Reiki Master and practitioner for about 12 years.  These sessions continue and I have one every 3-4 weeks.  Sometimes, more often if required.  The Reiki sessions keep me calm and grounded.   As you can tell, I am an advocate of Reiki and offer distant Reiki sessions as well as coaching.

Clare Lavender is a mother, creative entrepreneur, a mosaic artist, an accredited life coach, and facilitator of workshops on personal development, The Desire Map (by Danielle LaPorte) and mosaics. As well as offering workshops, Clare offers one on one sessions to women.  These are available to women all around the globe.

Clare has also created her own ‘Daring, Divorced and Divine’ coaching programme for women. This programme is aimed at inspiring, empowering and supporting women to move on to greater well-being following divorce.

In 2013, Clare was privileged to be invited to be part of a compilation book, ‘In the Spirit of Abundance’.  A number of inspiring authors including best-selling authors, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen from the highly successful ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ book series, were involved, as well as Brian Tracy,  Arielle Ford and local Sandy Forster.

Clare has a strong business background, having worked as a PA/EA and Practice Manager.  She is also trained in human resources management.  Clare has worked in several small to medium legal practices in her local area as well as ‘temping’ in larger practices based in Sydney.  Clare assisted in the set-up and management of  (a family business) and one of the first specialist family law practices in the region before moving on to work in a more creative field.

Clare is a Reiki practitioner.

If you are interested in any further information, working with me one on one or joining a workshop please contact Clare at clare@coaching-i-am.com or visit coaching-i-am.com.


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