I have included a very brief history of the therapies I practice for your interest:

Historic Roots of Complementary Holistic Therapy

Akmanthor c.2330BC depicting giving and receiving hands-on TherapiesRight from the start of Mankind touch has been a vital part of Human interaction and communication. We use physical contact to reassure and comfort each other, caress loved ones, or rub a pain away for example. Hands-on therapies have developed over millenia and indeed it has been recorded in ancient Egypt, India and China as early as 2000-3000BC and is recorded in ancient Rome and Greece. Hippocrates (400AD) himself said all doctors should learn how to massage because of its benefits to health. From these roots, many different Therapies and techniques have developed which are used by therapists today.

Swedish Massage

After studying in China, Swedish physiologist Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839) created a series of movements known as the Ling System which became recognised in his country and eventually the world over. This System was subsequently named 'Swedish Massage' because of the influence he had throughout his distinguished career.

Hot and Cold Stone Therapy

The theraputic use of stones has been around for about 2000 years. The Japanese wore two or three warm stones in a sash tied around their waist to slow digestion down. Native American women used to place a sun-warmed stone on the stomach to alleviate menstrual pain. The Chinese would use warm stones to relieve muscular aches and discomfort. Romans would have a hot bath and then lie on cold stone slabs to cool off. Pilgrims would put heated stones at the end of the bed to keep their feet warm and to revitalise them. Hot and cold stone massage and therapy has been around for a long time and in 1993, Mary Nelson created the name 'La Stone'. 


There are several variations to the story of the rediscovery of Reiki and no version is wrong; the Master tells their students the way they had heard it from their own Master. This explaination is very condensed indeed, but gives a brief overview.

The founder of Reiki as we know it, Dr. Mikao UsuiReiki was rediscovered in the 1800s by Dr. Mikao Usui (1865-1926) who travelled the world over searching for the explaination of how healing miracles could be performed. This involved the study of many different cultures and religions. Eventually, he went on a 21-day fasting meditative reatreat atop the sacred Mount Kuri Yama near Kyoto. Before dawn on the last day, a bright light came to him and entered his Third Eye (brow chakra), revealing the Reiki symbols to him. After this, he discovered he could heal by the laying on of his hands.

He used his gift of Reiki in the most deprived areas of Kyoto and went on to teach students Reiki whilst taking responsibilty for their own healing.  One of these men, Chujiro Hayashi, became Usui's successor and went on to teach Hawaiian Mrs. Hawayo Takata. Phyllis Lei Furumento, her granddaughter, became her successor and is often regarded as the Grand Master.