Brief History of Reiki

Reiki (pronounced Ray Key) is a combination of two Japanese words rei and ki meaning universal life energy . Reiki traces its roots back to what is now Tibet; originating around 3,000 B.C., Reiki is a natural healing method that uses the hands of a healer to channel energy to another person. It has been practiced for thousands of years.

There are many versions in regard to the origins of Reiki. What is clear is that Reiki was founded in the late 1800’s by Dr. Mikao Usui who developed the modern Reiki tradition practiced today. Dr. Usui was a life-long scholar with an endless search for knowledge of medicine, psychology, religion and spirituality. As part of his research, he spent some considerable time in a Buddhist monastery. This led him to embark on 21 day meditation and fast on a holy mountain near Kyoto. During the last day of the fast, Usui had a deep meditation experience during which the meaning and purpose of the symbols and mantras became clear and he felt charged with a powerful healing energy.

Dr Usui traveled for many years all over Japan teaching Reiki and healing a great many people. He passed this knowledge, among others, to a Dr Chijiro Hayashi a few years before his death and declared him his successor in 1930.

Dr. Hayashi would then pass his teachings on to Mrs Hawayo Takata who brought Reiki to the western world.

McDermott_2012_4204The five principles of Reiki:

1. Just for today, I will live the attitude of gratitude
2. Just for today, I will not worry
3. Just for today, I will not anger
4. Just for today, I will do my work honestly
5. Just for today, I will show love and respect for every living thing



 Reiki Level One Course starting 20th March 2014

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Level One course takes place on Tuesdays 7-9pm – 20th, 27th March, 3rd & 10th April

Reiki Level Two Course starting 8th April 2014

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Reiki Attunements

Reiki attunement is the process of opening yourself and your senses to embrace the ancient art of Reiki. Every person has the power to heal his own self or another person through the use of energy. Reiki is transferred to the student by the Reiki Master during an attunement process. There are three formal levels of initiation. Once you have received a Reiki attunement, you will have Reiki for the remainder of your life. It does not wear off and you can never lose it.

The Reiki attunement can start a cleansing process that affects the physical body as well as the mind and emotions. Toxins that have been stored in the body may be released along with feelings and thought patterns that are no longer useful. Therefore, a process of purification prior to the attunement is recommended to improve the benefit one receives. It is important to drink plenty of water before and after the Reiki attunement.

We offer Reiki Levels I, II and III (Masters Level)

Healing room

The Reiki I course is a two day course which covers the following:

• What Reiki is
• The uses and benefits of Reiki
• The Reiki Principles
• The History of Reiki
• Introduction to Chakras
• A grounding meditation
• Feeling energy
• Hand Positions for self treatment
• Hand Positions for treatment of others

Students will receive the Reiki I certificate on completion of this workshop.

Next Reiki One Course: January 2014

Reiki II

Reiki 2 opens additional energy centres and connects you to a greater volume of Reiki Energy. During the course, you are given three sacred symbols, each having a specific function. These symbols can then be used as a focus to enable you to strengthen mental and emotional healing and to send absentee healing. The Reiki II course covers the following:

• Questions and Answers from your experiences with Reiki I
• Grounding Meditation
• Reiki II Attunement
• Reiki II symbols – learning to draw and use
• Distance healing techniques
• Empowering and healing events (past and future)
• Hands-on practical session
• Other uses of the symbols

Reiki Level Two Training
with ongoing support & guidance
Tuesday evenings 7-9pm
8, 15, 22, 29 April 
Ongoing support 
Investment €175

Reiki III (Master Level)

Reiki III is often referred to as ‘Master Level’. This powerful Reiki III/Mastership workshop is suited to those who wish to continue using Reiki for their own personal holistic healing journey. Becoming attuned to the Master Reiki symbol will unlock the full potential of the Reiki Energy to greatly empower your own personal healing. Reiki Level 3 students become Reiki Masters and can go on to practice Reiki on a business level.


‘I did Reiki level I with Sinead and found it to be an incredible experience. Sinead has beautiful, warm, calm energy and is a gifted teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed learning this gentle yet powerful ancient art of healing and Sinead offered the perfect environment in which to do this. The attunement was gentle, relaxing and a profound spiritual experience. Sinead explained everything very clearly and gave excellent information and handouts. The meditations were blissful and it was wonderful giving and receiving this beautiful, positive energy. Even though it is only a short time since receiving Reiki attunement, I already feel calmer, more balanced, focused and grounded. I feel that Reiki is life-changing for many different reasons. It’s a wonderful tool to have whether for self-healing or to practise on family and friends, and the Reiki principles, guidelines and practice will undoubtedly be essential for improvements in my self-development, health and wellbeing. My spiritual awareness has increased and I feel enriched and energised. I am already looking forward to Reiki level II. Thank you Sinead for the wonderful gift of Reiki that you have given to me.’ ~ Martina Costello, February 2013

If you are interested in learning more about Reiki and would like to be attuned to Reiki please call Sinéad on 086 2550389 or contact us through our contact form



Reiki Training Workshops Investment: €175