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What is Reiki?

Male adult receiving Reiki treatment.

Reiki a simple, natural and safe healing technique, in which a practitioner uses 'energy' to promote the body's own healing ability.


Energy naturally flows through all living things. However, if your energy is low or unbalanced, you’re more likely to get sick or feel stressed. If it’s high, you’re more capable of being happy and healthy.


When you receive extra energy via a Reiki treatment it enhances healing of all types: physical, emotional and mental – it can even help situations or circumstances that are causing unease.

The word ‘Reiki’ is actually made up of two Japanese words: Rei, which means ‘universal’; and Ki, which means ‘life force energy’. So when you ask for Reiki, it’s Universal Life Force Energy that you’re receiving from a practitioner.


Reiki is gentle and therefore easily adapted to most medical conditions and all situations. It may be used safely by people of all ages, including pregnant mothers, new-born babies, surgical patients, the frail and the elderly.

As a complementary therapy, Reiki can be used alone, or in conjunction with NHS treatment.

What does Reiki feel like?

Simply Divine! Although everyone will experience Reiki in a way that it unique to them, many people report feeling a warm, glowing radiance gently flowing through them. Reiki treats the whole person – body, mind and spirit.

A healing technique which is based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.

Oxford English Dictionary

My Journey...

I was first ‘called’ to Reiki in August 2009. I use the word ‘called’ because until that moment I honestly had no idea what Reiki was. But there I was, sitting in a car with my two sisters and my mam, driving back from Leighton Hospital, having just been told that my mam had three months to live… She had acute leukaemia and was deemed too old to be offered treatment. There were many tears that day.


But sitting in the back of the car, I heard a voice in my head tell me very clearly: “You better learn to give her Reiki then.” Now, I don't often hear voices, and I had no idea what Reiki was, but I knew I had to find out more...

Why Mintaka?

I’ve always been into the stars and I knew that, located in the Orion Constellation, Mintaka is one of three stars that makes up Orion's Belt: Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka. Easily visible to the naked eye, Mintaka is often referred to as the third of ‘Three Sisters’.


Naturally, as the third of three sisters myself, I was always going to be drawn to Mintaka when it came to creating a name for my practice. But then it got even more interesting…

Denise Pearson holding a Mintaka Teddy.
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