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Natural Therapies - Reiki

A photo of a Reiki master at work

Patricia Loughlin is a Master Reiki teacher with 30 years experience who teaches at the Dublin Holistic Centre in South William Street, Dublin 2. She also runs Reiki workshops where people can learn how to do Reiki healings for themselves, their family and friends

In the 1990s, following the break-up of my marriage my confidence was very low and I was always worrying, anxious and stressed. I also suffered from severe migraines. I decided to give Reiki a try. My Reiki practitioner asked me to lie on a massage table and placed a light blanket over me. The room was very warm and peaceful, relaxing music was playing in the background and a scented candle was lit.

As she placed her hands gently on my chakras, energy centres of the body that receive, transmit and transform the Reiki energy, I could feel wave after wave of healing energy pulsate through me. My hands and feet began to tingle and my stomach was rumbling – a sign that the treatment is working.

Originating in the mid 1800s in Japan, Reiki is used throughout the world. Reiki energy is a very safe, natural, deeply relaxing and – very often – life-changing healing energy. Once the Reiki energy enters the body it works to find the root of the problem that causes us to be low in energy, stressed or ill. It then clears away the debris that is blocking the affected energy channels. After just four Reiki sessions I felt my confidence grow enormously, and I haven’t had a migraine since.

Reiki has proved to be of great benefit for a broad range of conditions. It is used as a complement to conventional therapies in hospitals worldwide. People who suffer with migraine, asthma, skin conditions, ulcers, orthopaedic injuries, infertility, overweight and arthritis to name but a few have noted amazing improvements in their health. Reiki minimises the unpleasant side-effects of prescribed medication and boosts the immune system.

Reiki is used by individuals to help personal development: to find their true self, to break out of a rut, or move forward into a way of living that is more fulfilling and natural. Reiki helps us to recognise and heal our negative beliefs. The gentle Reiki energy is also effective in calming the mind and has helped many with anxiety and depression.


‘Reiki helped me back on my feet’

Sarah* from Dublin tells her story

I have suffered from multiple sclerosis for 38 years. It comes and goes and about 10 years ago I was having a bad time and just couldn’t walk at all. I was really reluctant to try Reiki – I thought it was a load of rubbish to be honest, but thought I would try it.

After my first session with Patricia I felt very tired and went to bed. I felt like my brain had a spring clean and she asked me to drink plenty of water. The following week I was able to walk to see Patricia – it took longer than a normal person but I felt great because I could do something I had not been able to do a week before. I hadn’t taken any pills and there wasn’t any extreme difference in me, but I could definitely walk.

I think Reiki concentrates the mind on positive things so you feel good and this helps you to improve. Patricia has made me so positive. I have been going to her for 10 years now. I love Reiki so much I became a Reiki master and my two daughters have too. I go at least once a month to see Patricia now even though I also do Reiki on myself. I am a happier person and although I still have MS it has changed the way I see life and cope with it.

Patricia Loughlin can be contacted on 0876209892 or

* Not her real name

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