I was born and brought up in France, took an Honours Degree in English at the University of Haute Bretagne in Rennes, an M.A at the Sorbonne, and several Conservatoire Music Diplomas. I started teaching music aged 18.
 I moved to Oxford where I carried on teaching (French and Music) at the age of 24. 
In the early 1990s I attended a Healing Course run by a gifted Spiritual Healer called Les Gillam. Following that course, I was content with just giving healing informally to friends and relatives who needed it.
 But as my interest in healing in general grew, I qualified as a Holistic Massage Therapist (Oxford School of Massage, 2006), and extended my studies to Aromatherapy and Reflexology.
Then  I noticed the word 'Reiki' kept cropping up everywhere, so I took the hint, did  Reiki Level 1 and 2 with Reiki Evolution and completed their Master/Teacher Course in 2007.
 I never looked back... Not only did the treatments I gave friends become significantly stronger right from Reiki 1, but I was most impressed with thesimplicity yet great effectiveness of Self-Reiki.
To illustrate this last point, I would like to share this personal story with you:
In the spring of 2009 I was giving myself Reiki (routinely, for a few minutes several times a day), when I noticed that my right hand kept being drawn to my left breast/armpit and felt very hot - a standard response for places that need healing.
After 3 or 4 weeks of this repeated pattern, I visited my GP and asked her to examine my left breast. She didn't find anything abnormal.
Back home however, things hadn't changed: my hand kept being drawn to the same place and was burning hot, but this time I also noticed that one of the lymph glands in my armpit had swollen up.
I made an urgent second appointment with my GP, mentioned to her that I was a Reiki practitioner and strongly felt that something was wrong.
Alerted by the swollen gland, she gave me another examination and this time did feel something. As the tumour was an unusual (leaf) shape, even I could not really feel it through touch either. I was only able to pick it up energetically, through Reiki.
A few weeks later the results came back and yes it was cancer, a rare and aggressive form called 'micropapillary'.
During the operation that followed, 6 lymph nodes were routinely removed from my armpit. All full of cancer cells. Not great news...
I was promptly given scans of my whole body. To my astonishment and relief, although the cancer had clearly started travelling, 'oddly' it hadn't travelled any further than the lymph nodes. No trace of it was found anywhere else in my body...

When I emerged from the operation, being the inveterate 'Reiki explorer' that I am, I took this golden opportunity to investigate the effects of self-Reiki on pain. I told myself I wouldn't be stupid, and would ask for painkillers as soon as I needed them. Well, to my surprise and delight, thanks to -I admit!- very intensive self-Reiki, I didn't need ONE painkiller... Not one, either at the hospital, when the other ladies in the ward were given some every few hours, or during the recovery weeks back home. No pain was felt.

But that wasn't all...
Due to the very aggressive nature of this particular tumour, it was agreed that I would receive chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormonal treatment. On the whole I managed to deal with the news reasonably well, but one Sunday night, about a week before the start of chemo, I admitted to myself that I was rather anxious about the chemo part.
Barely a few minutes after this important acknowledgement, I suddenly realised -and announced to my partner- that I 'didn't have cancer', by which I meant the 'I' that I had spent so long reconnecting to and developing, the 'spiritual I', my spirit, my soul, whatever you like to call it, OF COURSE didn't have cancer!..... the cancer was only cells playing havoc in a specific part of my body, and could in no way ever contaminate my Inner Self.....
This simple insight was a turning point in both my personal and professional lives as it caused a huge  shift in my whole attitude towards illness. FEAR (the great killer) had simply vanished out of the equation. 
From that moment on, the Soul/Healer part of me was, calmly and lovingly, able to nurture my body through the poisoning hell that chemo is..
.. while the Teacher part of me, as soon as it was able to, used this experience and invited my Reiki students to practise on me (in all my bald glory!) and overcome their own fear of this sadly so common illness.
So now you can probably see why I think so highly of and am so grateful for Self-Reiki, and why I encourage all my students to use it regularly right from the start. Not only did it, in my case
  • detect the cancer
  • (almost certainly) stop it from spreading any further at the crucial early stages 
  • exceed all my expectations as a painkiller
  • but even more importantly, help me face my worst fears and reach an enduring sense of Inner Peace.


If you have any questions/comments, or personal accounts of Reiki healing you would like to share with me, please feel free to at ama.oxfordreiki@gmail.com 





   'REIKI for LIFE'

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