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Christine Fleckney – Reiki Practitioner  

The term Reiki comes from two words – ‘Rei’ meaning higher power/wisdom or soul and ‘Ki’ or Chi meaning universal life force energy.  The word reiki can therefore be understood to  mean ‘spiritually guided life force energy’.

The reiki practitioner channels this universal energy through the hands to the fully clothed client using various gentle hand holds from the head to the feet.

The origin of Reiki was in Japan in the early 1900’s when a Buddhist monk called Mikao Usui  discovered the power to heal himself with the contact of his own hands. The energy channelled has been found to be of a similar wavelength to the electro-magnetic field of the earth and therefore very balancing to the body and its systems. It has also been scientifically proven that the reiki energy supports the optimum working of the cells of the body in a similar way to grounding to the earth’s energy.  A reiki treatment is deeply relaxing and soothing creating the optimum conditions for self-healing to begin.

Reiki can be used to address imbalances or illnesses and also by healthy individuals as a way to help prevent imbalance which can lead to illness if not corrected early enough. If we keep our bodies in balance holistically, taking care to consider all 3 layers of healing – body, mind and spirit, then we are doing everything we can to maximise natural good health. It is never too late to start to listen to the body and get in touch with the messages it gives you. Reiki is designed to support this process of subtle but profound growth in awareness as we learn to slow down and create space to hear our deep inner knowing.  I believe we can transform our health by taking control literally into our own hands and bringing awareness and gentleness into our lives.

Reiki can be useful in helping to cope with some of the symptoms of any physical disease or condition, acute or chronic, that is causing problems or pain. It can also be helpful when going through a crisis, or helping with feelings of stress, anxiety,  or in addressing a feeling that something is out of balance or missing,  or of course if healthy it can help with achieving your best possible level of health at all levels by offering the opportunity for personal development.

The name Dragonfly Reiki came about as I was inspired by watching dragonflies hatching on the small pond in our garden.  I was amazed to watch the daily process that these creatures went through. Each day a black larva would crawl up the iris leaves from the water and then appear to be sitting on the leaf black and lifeless . Then after a week or two a brand new dragonfly would appear to have crawled out of the shell of the now empty larva case as it dried its silver wings in the sun. These creatures reminded me that endings always lead to new beginnings or rebirths and therefore change should be welcomed rather than feared. I felt there was a message there for me about transformation that can sometimes be brought about by illness or ‘death’ of an old way of being, and resonated with this message. I felt the need to change to a more healing way of life and thereby help others to do the same.  I believe nature has a lot to teach us about wholeness and how to live in a truly balanced way.




What will happen in the first treatment?
When you first arrive, I will find out more about any particular issues you would like to address with the reiki and any questions you may have. You will then be asked to remove any watches or jewellery as it may interfere with the flow of reiki energy. You will then lie down and relax fully clothed on a treatment couch with a blanket over you for comfort, a pillow for your head and one to support your knees, and then all you need to do is relax!  (I can also do treatments with patients seated if preferred). The treatment consists of several contacts held for about 5 minutes each on the head before moving down the body and ending at the feet around 40 to 45 minutes later.  Some of the contacts are gently touching the body and others are a distance of a few inches away from the body.  The whole appointment lasts 50 minutes.

Maximising the benefit of a treatment
This is your opportunity to take time out from a noisy, busy, fast world  and give your mind a rest so that you can connect with your inner self.  Calming the mind allows you to ‘hear’ the internal messages from your body. This allows the body and mind to settle and synchronise and  the opportunity for the body’s own self healing process is then most likely to happen.

What does it feel like?
Everyone feels differently in response to a treatment.  Some report feeling heat from the hand contacts, even when these are a distance away from the body.  Some people can feel the energy quite strongly and be aware of specific sensations in the body or emotions that arise. Some may not be aware of feeling very much during a treatment, but this is not necessarily a reflection of what may be happening at a cellular level in the body. Most people will report subtle changes in their health and life following on from a treatment, or have a realisation/ emotional shift. Not every treatment will be the same and the same patient may feel differently at each treatment.

What is happening during the treatment?
My intention is to be a channel, i.e. to be open to the universal energy flowing through me while holding the intent to bring healing and light to the client for their highest good.

After the treatment
You may feel slightly light-headed afterwards which is normal, so you need to get up slowly and ideally make time to rest after a treatment in order that you can absorb the benefits of the treatment. Also, drink plenty of water to help cleanse your system as well. Occasionally the symptoms of a condition may temporarily worsen straight after a treatment. This is called a ‘healing crisis’ and is usually short-lived as the body tries to rid itself of old patterns before symptoms improve.

After that
You can have as many or as few treatments as you wish. For most people who are new to reiki I recommend a course of 6 treatments one to two weeks apart to give enough of a feel for the treatments and what they can do for you. Some people will have a few treatments closer together to help with an acute health situation. Others may, once they have experienced the benefits of a reiki treatment, want to continue on a longer-term basis in much the same way as you may meditate regularly or go to the gym or do yoga.  Others who like to keep their health in top condition may use reiki as a regular preventive treatment as part of a healthy lifestyle. It’s completely up to you.  You don’t have to be unwell to benefit from reiki!

Distance Healing
I am able to offer distant healing if required. This is also a very effective form of reiki if travelling is difficult for you. Please discuss further with me if this is an option you would like to follow.

Please note
Reiki is not intended to replace the advice of your medical practitioner. It can go alongside any medical treatment and will not have any adverse effects on this. Clients must not under any circumstances discontinue any medications unless this is on the advice of your medical practitioner.

About Me

I have always been interested in holistic and natural good health, especially the importance of the body, mind and soul connection. As a child I suffered with asthma, eczema and problems with my sinuses.  A doctor taught me to belly breathe when I was about 10 years old to combat shallow breathing which was worsening my problems. I was also introduced to yoga soon after where I discovered true relaxation of the mind and body. So began my love of yoga and meditation and my exploration into how we can take control of our own health for a better quality of life.

In my teens,  as my breathing problems worsened, it occurred to me that I could be allergic to gluten as I craved a lot of wheat-based products, so I began to take wheat products out of my diet and was amazed at how much better I felt with more energy and less bloating.

I then began a long and successful career in  accounting, qualifying as an ACCA in 1997. I also decided to study cranio sacral therapy with the College of Cranio Sacral Therapy in London NW3 and qualified in 2005.  (As part of this course I  also studied a year’s course in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology).

Cranio-Sacral therapy is a very gentle therapy also using gentle hand contacts while observing the tides of the cranio-sacral system. This comprises the brain and spinal cord and the cerebro-spinal fluid which surrounds it. An important part of our training was the ‘butterfly’ touch, approaching the client’s energy field slowly and gently in order to respect their system and energy field around the body.

Then about 5 years ago I moved to Somerset from London as I felt the need to get back in touch with nature and achieve more balance in my life. It was soon after moving here that I decided to study reiki with a tutor based in Frome.

As soon as I started studying level 1,  I began a daily practice of self-healing and found it so soothing and healing that I still do this on a daily basis.  I found it soothed my spirit, reduced anxiety and left me feeling altogether more balanced and whole.

When I look back, I realised I had been using reiki as a natural way to find calm before I realised what reiki was. I would use a hand on my solar plexus or neck or wherever to calm, heal and soothe. It is almost an instinctive action.

I find the whole area of holistic healing fascinating and feel that reiki can be an important part of the way we take care of our health and wellbeing at a deep level. I feel there is so much to know and learn in the journey towards taking real control and responsibility over our health.

Relevant qualifications and memberships

  • 2002 – 2005 Studied with College of Cranio Sacral Therapy in London NW3
  • 2005 Qualified as Cranio Sacral Therapist
  • 2016 – 2017 Studied with Pippa Howell, Frome, Somerset for Levels 1 and 2 Usui Reiki
  • Oct-16 –  Qualified Level 1, Usui Reiki
  • Nov-17 – Qualified Level 2, Usui Reiki
  • Feb-18 –  Member of UK Reiki Federation
  • Full Public Liability Insurance


Contact Me and Charges

Thank you for visiting my website, I hope you found it interesting and helpful.

I will be offering appointments on Mondays and alternate Saturdays. On Monday afternoons  I will be at Sherborne and on alternate Saturday mornings at Yeovil.  Please see the booking button below in order to make your appointment request or alternatively you can text  or Facebook me to make contact. Appointments are 50 minutes long and cost £40.  Payment can be made by cash, cheque or BACS (if payment made before the day of the appointment).

Please feel free to contact me for any further information. Mobile call or text: 07897 434423 or Facebook: Dragonfly Reiki, or you can email me on christinef90@hotmail.com. If you would like to request an appointment, please click on the link below to be taken to my calendar booking system. If you require disabled access please also let me know at the time of booking. I will confirm your appointment by return.

I request that cancellations be notified at least 24 hours before your appointment to avoid a full charge being due.

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