My name is Susan Phillips and I am a UK Reiki Federation Master Practitioner Member.
I was first introduced to Reiki at the Oldham Carers Centre in 2004 where I learnt the First and Second degree in that year. At that time I was a full-time carer for my mum who had mobility problems and had started with dementia. Being able to treat myself and my mum was a godsend and it helped me cope with the day to day problems of being a carer. Sadly she deteriorated with the dementia to a stage that I could no longer care for her at home so she went into nursing care and died in October 2009.
It was in 2009 that I studied for the Masters, also known as the third degree, followed by the apprenticeship course to enable me to teach the First Degree.
I am retired now and able to devote more time to Reiki. I have a practice in Rochdale at S1, 18 Drake Street, Rochdale, OL16 1NT. Reiki for me is not only about healing but also a spiritual journey. I have always had a caring and compassionate nature and it was lovely to be with like-minded people learning Reiki and helping others.
I volunteer one day a week at the Oldham Carers Centre where I give mini treatments at the drop-in for both the carers and cared for (the staff love a treatment too, if there is time). It is wonderful to see them become less stressed and more relaxed. They are a great bunch of people to work with.
I give talks on Reiki to different groups and associations, after which I give mini Reiki treatments; there is always an element of surprise on how enjoyable a treatment is and how relaxed they feel.
I continue to develop my skills by reading Reiki books and informational websites, watching videos, taking courses, treating myself and meditating. I love singing and I am in a choir and occasionally do some folk singing.
My desire is to help others in the same way that I have been helped with Reiki, and there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a client improve on their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual journey.
During my trip to India in December 2012 to January 2013, I was honoured to spend five days with Savitri M Gajjar, a Reiki Grand Master, in Bhuj, Kutch, Gujarat. During my stay I was trained to the Masters level of Karuna Reiki, which will enable me to teach level 1 and level 2 in Karuna Reiki.