Frequently Asked Questions


Where does Reiki come from?

Reiki uses natural universal life force energy to heal the body, channelled by a reiki healer using hands on techniques. It was discovered by Mikao Usui centuries ago and had been used by our Ancestors to heal all sorts of physical complaints, diseases and injuries.

Will Reiki help with depression, anxiety and stress?

Yes, Reiki not only heals the physical body but also helps deal with all sorts of emotional and psychological issues from stress, anxiety and depression to panic attacks, phobias and OCD tendencies.

Will Reiki help me get pregnant?

Yes, Reiki uses universal energy to rebalance the body so can help ladies fall pregnant by removing physical, mental or emotional blocks that may be stopping the body conceive or carry a baby full term.

Will Reiki help alleviate back pain, neck pain and joint issues?

Yes, Reiki is a brilliant form of healing for back, neck and joint issues as it reduces pain, lowers inflammation, soothes away stress and rebalances the physical body. The fact that Reiki is non-invasive and uses gentle hands on techniques is a great bonus for those with chronic pain issues or severe spasms as the body quickly relaxes rather than having to put up with the discomfort of massage or physio waiting for the release.

What to expect in a session? – How is Reiki performed?

The Reiki session usually lasts approximately an hour with the client reclined on a therapy bed. The Reiki healer uses gentle hands on techniques to channel universal energy to balance chakras and remove blockages. The client may feel tingling warmth or just a deep relaxation but has nothing to do other than relax.

Why is Reiki so popular?

Reiki has been used by our ancestors for centuries and is non-invasive, gentle and works not only on the symptoms presented but more importantly on the cause of the illness, injury or issue. It has no nasty side effects and always brings a sense of wellbeing to the client.

How long does it take to learn to do Reiki?

Reiki is taught in stages. Level 1 takes involves one full day of tuition plus 21 days of self- healing and a prescribed number of hours treating family and or friends. Level 2 also involves 1 day tuition, plus a further 21 days self- healing as well as the submission of case studies and the completion of prescribed healing hours that need to be documented. Reiki Master level requires an additional day training, another 21 days self-healing and more in-depth case studies submission, further recorded hours healing, Contact me on 07747 037307 or email lisa@startlovingyourself. co. uk for an informal chat.

Can anyone learn to perform reiki?

Yes, as long as you are keen motivated and willing to put in the hours of practice we are all able to channel universal life force energy.

Who can benefit from Reiki?

Everyone, babies, children, adults and the young at heart!

What conditions can Reiki help?

  • Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Phobias, Anger Issues, SAD
  • Confidence building and increasing Self-esteem
  • Relationship issues- divorces, abuse, separation, grief
  • Bad backs, joint issues, neck pain, arthritis
  • Auto immune disorders, lupus, Fibromyalgia, polymyalgia, rheumatic conditions
  • Cancers
  • Antenatal and post- natal support for physical, emotional and foetal issues
  • Eating disorders, Body dysmorphia
  • And many more. . . . contact me for a discussion on how I can help you.


Can Reiki help my cancer? Yes. Reiki affects not only the physical and emotional body but also the blood, hormonal and chemical balances in the body so is frequently used to treat all types of cancers with fantastic results. Reiki can be used alongside modern treatments of Radiotherapy and Chemo as well as instead of dependent upon the clients wishes.


Pilates & Yoga  

Why Pilates instead of other forms of exercise?

Pilates moves are slow and controlled so suitable for everyone.  The exercises encourage a lengthening in the muscles, an increased range of movement at the joint whilst increasing strength in the core.

Many exercise classes cause muscles to shorten and stay shortened whilst strengthening them which can leave the body prone to injury.

Why is it important to work the core?

If you don’t actively focus on strengthening the core muscles then the body strengthens the external muscles at the expense of the internal ones which can lead to imbalances and injury.

Who is Pilates or Yoga suitable for?

Pilates and yoga are suitable for all ages, abilities and fitness levels’ beginners, intermediate and even the very fit. Both disciplines are taught in levels so every individual can work to their own level and progress slowly and safely.

How long does a Pilates or Yoga class last?

Sessions last an hour including a warm up, the main exercises and focus and then a lovely restoration period to ensure that you feel amazing and for all the physical and neurological changes to be assimilated appropriately.

What do I wear for Pilates & Yoga?

Leggings or comfy shorts or trousers, a short-sleeved top with an extra layer and bare feet.

Do I need to be able to meditate to do yoga?

No obviously meditation is one of the main forms of yoga however you reap the benefit through the physical asanas and just focussing on how it feels in the body will produce a meditative effect.

What are the differences between Hatha Yoga & Pilates?

They are both mind body exercises so will help the way the body functions however Hatha Yoga focusses more on stretching the body with some core strength as well as pranayama (breath work), Dhyana (meditation), hand  mudras etc, whilst Pilates focusses more on core strength with a little stretching.

What type of session is best for me 1:1, small groups or classes?

If you have injuries, a medical condition or are pregnant it is always best to start off with a 1:1 session to get the best personalised advice and the focus you need to get started then its up to you as I offer 1:1, small groups and classes to allow for everyone’s budget and daily schedule.

What is Hatha Yoga?

Hatha Yoga refers to a set of exercises and postures that are designed to align the skin, muscles and bones, open up the body’s many channels especially the spine to allow energy and circulation to move freely. Hatha postures are slower and work on balancing the body and uniting the opposites both strength and flexibility.

How often should I practice Yoga or Pilates? 

You will still reap benefits if you practice only once a week, but obviously the more you practise the more consolidated the changes will be on a physical, mental and emotional level.  The beauty of these 2 disciplines are that they fit in really easily with your usual weekly timetable and commitments all you need is a mat, a space and off you go.  The more you do the more your body will gently open, strengthen and lengthen and your activities of daily life will become easier.