FAQs - Reiki

I have put these FAQs together from questions and comments from students, clients and friends over the years. If you have a question about Reiki, feel free to send me an email to louise@sacredlotushealing.com.au

General Questions


What does Reiki energy feel like?
Many people describe the Reiki as a very warm and soothing sensation, sometimes it can feel a bit tingly or pulse-like. Sometimes it can even feel cool. No matter what people feel this is just part of what is actually happening,  the tip of the iceberg may be a useful analogy for this.

Do you get drained from giving Reiki?
No, when we give Reiki the energy comes through us, not from us. In fact we get our own energy levels topped up. 

Where is Sacred Lotus Healing located?
Sacred Lotus Healing is located in Melbourne's South East suburb of Beaumaris, roughly 25 minutes from the Melbourne CBD. Reiki treatments are given at Shine Health wellbeing centre in Black Rock. Reiki courses are delivered in Beaumaris or Newport, Melbourne. 

Is it Ok to drink alcohol and give or receive Reiki?
No I don’t believe that anybody should give or receive Reiki if they have just had any alcohol.


Who is Mikao Usui?
Mikao Usui is the founder of Usui Shiki Ryoho. He was a Japanese man who discovered Reiki after a fasting meditation on Mount Kurama in 1922.

What types of Reiki have you learnt?

I have been taught to Master level in 4 kinds of Reiki;  Three of these have their origin with Mikao Usui - Usui/Tibetan Reiki ( has additions from Raku Kai, this style was developed by William Rand, this was prior to his Holy Fire healing system he introduced in 2015), Komyo Reiki Kai ( this style was developed by Hyakuten Inamoto in 1998), and Usui Shiki Ryoho which is the practice from Hawayo Takata who was the successor to Hayashi, the successor to Usui. The fourth kind of Reiki is called Karuna Reiki and was developed by William Rand and does not originate in any way from Mikao Usui.

Learning Reiki


How do you learn Reiki?
Reiki is learnt by going to a Reiki Master Teacher who will perform Reiki Initiations and provide you with other information and teachings.
If someone has not been given a Reiki attunement, chances are they are not doing Reiki. Reiki is innate but needs to be brought to our conscious level by the Reiki Attunement process.
There are many different kinds of “hands on healing”, Usui Shiki Ryoho is one of these, it differs from these, in particular due to the Reiki Initiation process. 

Can anybody learn Reiki or do you need a special gift/ability before you can do it?
Anybody can learn Reiki. Everybody of all ages and stages of life. Nobody fails a Reiki course - and its very simple to learn and do.

How long are your Reiki courses?
First Degree (Level 1 or Shoden), which is the beginner level is a 10-12 hour course taught in 3 or 4 sessions. Level 2, the intermediate level, is also taught over 2 full days. Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Mastership is a apprenticeship style training programme taught over a number of years.

What type of Reiki do you practice and teach?

I now practice and teach Usui Shiki Ryoho as I was taught by Paul Mitchell, one of Takata's 22 Reiki Masters. For me this is the practice that resonates with me most deeply and carries on the tradition from Takata- this practice has been held in its integrity from her for over 80 years. Takata was taught by Hayashi and he by Usui. This form teaches Reiki as a spiritual practice, healing practice, personal  and spiritual development practice, so it is extremely comprehensive.


I learnt Reiki and I’ve forgotten everything, can I still give Reiki?
Once you have been initiated to Reiki, it stays with you for the rest of your life. Even if you feel you have forgotten, the Reiki Initiations are permanent and you will still be able to give Reiki.

Can I redo or retrain my Reiki course?
Yes if you choose, you can redo your Reiki course, you will need to make time todiscuss this with Louise to help decide what is best for you. People decide to do this for a variety of reasons e.g. to refresh their memory of the theory or techniques they have been taught.


Do I have to do all levels of Reiki with the same teacher?
No you do not, some teachers say  this is essential, but I don't agree. There are however many, many different types of Reiki and you should speak to your teacher to ensure your previous training is comparable with the type of Reiki you will be learning. Also there should be a verifiable link back to Mikao Usui .

What do the terms Shoden, Okuden and Shinpiden mean ?
These are the names for each level of Reiki training in the Japanese Reiki styles.
Shoden – beginning teaching - First Degree or Level 1,

Okuden – deeper teaching, Second degree or Level 2 and;

Shinpiden – mystery teachings, Third degree or Reiki Master

Reiki Treatments


Do I need to do anything to prepare for a Reiki healing session?
No, not at all, it’s best to wear comfy clothes as you will be lying on a massage table.


Do I have to take my shoes or clothes off for a Reiki healing session, like a massage treatment?
No you don't, you simply lie on the massage table and we place a blanket over you to keep you warm. In fact, you can receive Reiki in a chair if you prefer. Most people take their shoes off, but this is not essential.

Why do you recommend that people drink lots of water after a Reiki healing?
Reiki flows into our being and effects all levels; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual, if there are blocks or imbalances (and we ALL have them, it’s just part of being human) it helps to dislodge and remove them from our body. We can help this process along by drinking lots of water and also taking good care of ourselves e.g. resting and eating nourishing foods.