Practitioner: Katharine O'Callaghan

Cost: £45 for 60 minutes

Availability: Thursdays


Reiki (pronounced ‘ray-kee’) comes from the Japanese words, ‘rei’ (meaning ‘universal’) and ‘ki’ (meaning ‘energy’). Reiki is a natural healing energy activated by intention. This universal life force, or energy, is what flows through every living thing. If it is interrupted in any way this leads to the flow being low or weakened, making us feel ill or stressed. The higher the energy flow within us the more balanced, capable, happy and healthy we feel.

Reiki works on every level – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. It always goes where it is needed and for the higher good, as well as promoting feelings of deep relaxation, peace, well-being and harmony in your life. Many people report amazing results such as pain relief, emotional release from traumas, letting-go of old habits or simply being able to cope with life after losing all hope.

The practice of reiki is an ancient Japanese relaxation technique that is gentle, yet powerful and completely harmless. It was developed by Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 20th century. It is safe for everybody and works in conjunction with other complementary therapies or conventional medicine.

What to expect

Reiki is a completely non-invasive, holistic treatment. You remain fully clothed throughout the treatment and lie on a comfortable treatment couch with dimmed lights and gentle music playing. First, I scan the body for any areas that need attention, focusing on the seven chakras (Sanskrit for ‘wheels’), the body’s energy centres which are like batteries that need charging. I then use a series of hand positions to channel energy to the seven chakras (crown, third eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, sacrum and root) to help rebalance the body.

Throughout the treatment I follow my intuition and adapt each treatment depending on the individual’s needs. Reiki can be carried out either hands-off or hands-on, depending on the client’s preference.

What people say

My clients come to me for reiki for all sorts of reasons – insomnia, stress, burn-out, ongoing health problems or just because they want to escape for an hour of deep relaxation in a nurturing, tranquil environment. The benefits of reiki vary widely but include feeling calm, rejuvenated, revitalised, energised, deeply relaxed, more positive, less stressed and more balanced both physically and emotionally. Here are some of their comments.

'I'd never had a reiki session before but thought I'd give it a go on a friend's advice. I'd been feeling quite anxious about work and was having problems getting to sleep. I found the treatment relaxing and gentle but very effective. I felt much more positive by the end of it. I would definitely recommend reiki to anyone who finds it hard to switch off and relax.'  Sarah J

'I had my first reiki for many years with Katharine – what a tranquil, relaxing and restorative experience. My head felt so much better as I was suffering with sinusitis at the time and slept much better that night.  I am looking forward to my next visit so she can work her magic on me again.' Fiona H

'I had a lovely reiki session with Katharine. I felt very relaxed after just five minutes into the session. Katharine found a couple of "blocked" areas and I left feeling calm and more in balance with life. Katharine is a lovely lady and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.' Anne M

'I can highly recommend Forest Reiki. My treatment with Katharine was amazing and very powerful. I went because I had been very emotionally stressed of late and I came out feeling so relaxed, serene and grounded. I also slept very well that night, something I normally have trouble with.' Maria K