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What is Reiki?

Reiki is a simple and gentle form of hands-on or hands-off energy balancing. The resultant relaxation can enable the body and mind to work towards healing.

What is Reiki?

The word "Reiki", Japanese in origin and pronounced "ray key" in the west, broadly means "Universal Life Energy". This is similar to Chi in Chinese or Prana in Sanskrit.

Reiki is a complementary and holistic practice that focuses on both body and mind, recognising that each affects the health of the other.  Reiki must not be considered a replacement for medical examination, diagnosis or treatment as a Reiki Practitioner is not qualified to do this - it is a complementary therapy, and as such, works effectively alongside orthodox healthcare and natural remedies, expanding treatment options.

Reiki encourages relaxation and brings balance to both mind and emotions, promoting a calm, peaceful sense of well being on all levels, particularly at times of stress.  It encourages and supports positive personal choices, such as improving diet, taking more exercise, devoting time for rest or leisure, and may reduce the need for alcohol and tobacco.  Engendering greater inner harmony and balance, regular Reiki treatments promote a calmer response to life’s challenges.

Reiki’s gentle energy is easily adapted to most medical conditions and may be used safely by people of all ages, including the newborn, pregnant mothers, surgical patients, the frail and the elderly, in any situation.

Reiki is not specific to any particular religion or creed.


You may well have heard of "Chakras" or energy centres within the body. There are many but 7 main ones which are thought to correspond to different physical and endocrine systems within the body.  Chakra means "wheel" in Sanskrit and it is these "wheels" of energy that can become blocked or unbalanced. Indeed, the practice of Yoga also focusses on the these energy centres as part of the asanas or postures used. 

Our seven major chakras are aligned in an ascending column from the base of the spine to the top of the head.  

Each affects and is affected by many physiological functions.

The Chakra Bible by Patricia Mercier is a good source of further information.

Animal Healing

It is also possible to help animals through Reiki.   Please see Animal Healing for more information.

Brightwater Reiki - Chakras

Reiki Principles

Just for today.....

  • I will not be angry

  • I will not worry

  • I will be grateful for my blessings

  • I will do my work honestly

  • I will be kind to all living things

Brightwater Reiki

What happens during a Reiki session?

During a Reiki session you will remain fully clothed and the purpose of the session is to allow you to feel fully relaxed, relieving stress and tension.

You may feel warmth or cold during the session and a blanket will be available. Both feelings are normal, as is possible tingling. You are also very welcome to fall asleep !

I usually begin my Reiki sessions at the top of the head and end at the feet, making my way through each chakra throughout the session.  There are major chakras and minor chakras, and as I go through each one I may take some extra time in an area that needs special attention. 

You should understand that multiple Reiki sessions maybe required in order facilitate improvement.

No information will be shared or discussed with any third party unless written consent is obtained from the client. I may make notes of the session, including your views and comments.

  • How long is a typical Reiki session?
    You should allow a good hour and a half for your visit. A typical session would last an hour, but I will take as long as is needed.
  • What should I wear for a Reiki session?
    As long as you are comfortable, anything is fine. A Reiki session is given fully clothed and extra blankets will be available, should you require. Please just ask.
  • ​How many sessions am I likely to need?
    This will vary from individual to individual and can be discussed at the initial consultation, though may be dependant on your experience of the initial session.
  • How long should I leave between sessions?
    Again this is down to your experience but I would recommend a minimum of a week.
  • ​How will I feel after a Reiki session?
    You will feel relaxed and possibly, ironically, energised but you should take it easy for a few hours after a session (not always easy !), drinking plenty of water. By all means feel free to contact me with any questions you have after a treatment. I will, with your permission, follow-up with you after an initial session.
  • Would you visit my home for a Reiki session?
    I am happy to discuss this but in the case of animal companions this would be preferable.
  • Do you have insurance?
    As a member of the UK Reiki Federation, I have suitable public liability insurance.

"Always such a welcoming and cathartic environment with sound energies and powerful vibrations . This Reiki Master is legit and visual , drawing out any unnecessary discord , knots , tangles or disunity, enabling you to work on the areas that were previously blocked . Always a profound and magical experience "


Sam has a very cathartic approach with her healing, she is adept at getting to the root of blockages and my experience was extremely therapeutic and I felt serene after and a strong sense of relief. Sam has a naturally calming effect on people and I highly recommend her as a healer.

LU, Headley

Samantha made me feel very at home during my Reiki experience. I walked in to a very chilled-out atmosphere with pleasant aromas, soft lighting & calming music.The Reiki table was comfortable & I sank into it to the extent that I even fell asleep towards the end of the session! Afterwards I felt refreshed & renewed with lots of positive energy.This feeling did not disappear straight afterwards, as I thought it would, but continued right through the following few days. I can highly recommend Sam's positive touch during her Reiki sessions for anyone who is going through ill health, a stressful lifestyle or simply wishes to feel calmer​.

LH, Haselmere

Anyway still feeling good. Still feeling good, and energetic. Having no expectations of what to expect, I feel lighter, and more grounded. Does that sound odd? Also lighter. Felt relaxed throughout, and very reassured in your very capable hands. Thank you Sam. When can I come again?


I have had three sessions with Sam now and every time i go the benefits become more apparent. I am in training for a marathon and since Sam has been treating me my energy and performance has improved, this is an unexpected but welcome bonus for me. After treatment i leave feeling calm relaxed and ready to go again i'm hooked!


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