Reflexology By Paula


Just for today I am at peace
Just for today my mind is at rest
I earn my living honestly and do neither harm to anyone, anything nor the environment.
I honour my parents, elders, teachers, children, friends and myself.
I give thanks to every living thing and every situation whatever form it may take for within it is contained my growth and understanding.

These Reiki principles are as relevant today as when they were written (1868 – 1912) by Meiji Emperor of Japan and adopted by Dr. Usui to incorporate into our lives.

Wherever You Go, However You Feel, There You Are

What is Life Force Energy?

Diagram of the meridian systemWaterfall producing energyEnergy manifests itself in many forms. Wind, heat, light and sound are all forms of energy. All together all forms of energy are called vital energy. Other names for this energy are: prana, lung-gom, ki/chi.

Vital energy circulates within the body along meridians, you could see, metaphorically speaking, these meridians like canals and the locks upon them like acupressure points and where canals converge, ‘chakra’s or energy centre’s. Each meridian exist are a pair and flow through the organs in our bodies from which they take their names.

Meridians have now been scientifically proven Both zone therapy, the basis of reflexology and meridian therapy are based on the premise that energy channels or pathways run throughout the body, linking organs and body parts. Energy is the basis of all life and a vital factor in healing. The word Reiki comes from Rei – Universal and Ki – Life Force.

As you think so you shall become

Carbon Atom ModelSo our body is composed not only of physical elements such as muscles, bones, nerves, arteries, organs, glands, it also has a subtle energy system through which 'life force energy' flows. Every cell in our body is made up of atoms and these atoms have chemical charge either positive or negative. (A carbon atom is made up of a nucleus containing six protons and six neutrons, with six electrons rapidly orbiting the nucleus. Carbon is the basis of all living things.) This subtle energy system which surrounds our physical body and internal structures also helps us in processing our thoughts and emotions.

What is Reiki?

Mount Fiji in TempestIt is very hard to describe Reiki it really has to be experienced. But reiki is:

  • Life Force/ Chi
  • Transmitted through a fully qualified Reiki Practitioner
  • Abundant and naturally available
  • Holistic
  • Energizing
  • Restorative
  • Balancing

Reiki can induce deep relaxation, which is so important in our busy lives. Without it, we forget how precious every single moment is.


The practice of Reiki is an original method of healing, developed by Mikao Usui in Japan early in the 20th century. It works on every level, not just the physical.

Dr Mikao Usui 1865 – 1926

Dr Mikao Usui was born on the 18th August 1865 in Japan and was the founder of the Usui System of Reiki. He came from a fairly wealthy Buddhist family, who encouraged him to study, both academically and physically. Usui was interested in different types of medicine, energy movement and religions, reading widely on all subjects. He was looking to find a way to heal himself and others, using his hands, that didn't deplete his own energy levels and he devoted many years searching for a system. His open minded approach towards other belief systems and religions is why Reiki is accessible to everyone; it has no religious attachments. As part of his search, Usui travelled to China and the West to study their medicines and disciplines. He undertook a great many different types of work, eventually leading him back to Buddhism. Usui became a Tendai Buddhist monk and lived in a monastery near Mount Kurama, where he continued his studies.

It was whilst he was living at the monastery, that Usui decided to attend Isyu Guo, a 21 day training course, to seek enlightenment. He developed a healing system, scanning the body until he succeeded in reaching a tip of energetic diagnosis. Any imbalances were treated through the corresponding area of the body. The Reiki power finds its own paths, and energy focus goes precisely where it is needed.

Dr Usui opened his own clinic in Kyoto, where he both healed and taught others. Today Reiki is a popular, therapeutic healing system, the benefits of which have been received and recognised by both individuals and holistic therapy associations.

Who can benefit?

Reiki’s gentle and non-invasive nature is perfect for treating physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. It is safe and effective for all ages, including children who are extremely receptive to Reiki’s positive effects. Reiki is given fully clothed both ‘hands-on and hands-off.’

How can I expect to feel during and after a treatment?

A treatment feels like warm, gentle sunshine which flows through you, surrounds you and comforts you. The client feels a sense of peace and relaxation, calm and happiness. Some people will feel sensations as energy is targeted and balanced. It can often be a catalyst for change, empowering the receiver, and can be a profound experience.

As I said it is very difficult to describe to someone what a Reiki experience is and what the individual experiences very much depends on their own situation. I have personally found the treatments I have had to be deeply relaxing and beneficial for times of stress and overload but every one of us is unique. Although I have received Reiki treatments regularly for the last seven years since I met my partner and Reiki Master Herve´, I am new to practicing this modality and believe through it and with it I will go on my own personal journey.

I look forward to the privilege of facilitating yours.


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