Nicky McClean, qualified Reiki Therapist, Richmond



The Japanese word Reiki means ‘universal life energy’. Reiki is a natural healing practice originating in Japan and developed by Dr Mikao Ursui, a Buddhist monk, in the mid-19th century who used it to teach self-healing and meditation.

Reiki takes a holistic approach that looks beyond the physical body to access our subtle energy systems (such as meridians) where the cause of disease, anxiety and upset can be locked within ourselves. Effects of trauma, emotional, mental and physical stress, false belief (low self-esteem, for example) and other blocks to our personal growth, can be stored within our body, and affect our ability to function at full capacity.

Reiki works to clear away these layers of blocked energy to help repair and rebalance the body so that it can return to its optimal equilibrium (homeostasis) and access its own inherent ability to heal.

What happens during a Reiki treatment session?

In a Reiki treatment the recipient lies or sits fully clothed while the practitioner places their hands gently on or just above the body using a series of hand positions to allow healing energy to flow wherever it is needed. The touch is light and comfortable, there is no massage or manipulation; and it is incredibly relaxing. Some people experience sensations during a Reiki treatment session, such as mild tingling, warmth or coolness, while others feel nothing at all. These are all perfectly natural.

After treatment, you may feel calm or more alert or even slightly woozy as it affects everyone differently and you may continue to feel the effects over the next several days. It is important to keep hydrated for the rest of the day and diabetics should check their blood sugar levels.

What do Reiki treatments do?

Reiki is a safe and soothing treatment that can be comforting when life is tough. The relaxing nature of Reiki can be helpful during difficult times in our lives; bringing feelings of peace, wellbeing and a more positive outlook. You don’t need to be ill to benefit from Reiki, it can simply help you cope with day to day issues by bringing balance and harmony to both mind, body and emotions.

 “As running water smooths the jagged edges of a rock until it is small enough to roll away, Reiki flows to the areas of need, soothing and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself”

How much Reiki would I need? 

A single session may be beneficial and sufficient. However, if you have long standing emotional issues, a series of treatments may be more suitable. In general, if you find that helpful changes are taking place, it is a good idea to continue treatment.

Reiki therapy is offered by Nicky McClean

If you would like to book an appointment at The Forge Clinic with Nicky McClean, our massage therapist and reiki practitioner, please give us a call on 020 8332 6184 or email us at

Please note that our treatments do not replace medical advice and treatment. If you have any concerns, please see your GP first.