• Lantern Reiki

    Healing and intuitive guidance with Shelley Sweeney

  • How Reiki Helps

    Modern life is stressful. People are busy, working longer hours than ever before. Technology has become so pervasive that we are even forgetting what it means to have time to ourselves. It's no surprise that under such pressure, an increasing number of people are suffering from stress-related problems.


    This increase in stress has triggered the need for health professionals with a holistic approach. Western medicine often focuses on treating the symptoms of a problem. Reiki helps the whole person - mind, body and energy. When energy doesn't flow, it becomes blocked and can manifest into physical symptoms. Over time, Reiki empowers you with a heightened awareness of what your body needs in order to be healthy.


    Through Reiki, I can help you in a variety of ways. From a quick energy pick-me-up to a series of sessions to transform your wellbeing. The way we feel about ourselves and the world around us impacts on everything we do. A calming session of Reiki gives the mind space to breathe and brings the body back to where it belongs - a world where it feels connected to all living things. The gentle flow of Reiki can ease physical pain and help people to move beyond emotional stumbling blocks.


    It gives me immense joy to see people progress on their individual journeys, which is why I always take the time to get to know and understand my clients.


    If you find yourself relating to any one of these statements below, then Reiki can definitely help.

    • I often feel stressed/anxious.
    • I find it difficult to switch off and unwind.
    • I have an addiction to something that is harmful for me.
    • I have trouble sleeping and often feel too tired to get through the day.
    • I feel very low and don't know how to change this.
    • I have a chronic illness that is causing me pain.
    • I am struggling to balance my work and my life.
    • I have an unhealthy relationship with food.
    • I want to live a more meaningful life.
    • I am struggling with a sense of loss.
    • I am stuck in a rut and don't know how to move forward in my life.
    If you are on any medication for mental health, then please consult your GP or therapist first. Some practitioners recommend one form of healing at a time.
    The key benefits of Reiki
    • Instant relaxation.
    • Increase your mindfulness while you rest.
    • Helps your mind to tune into what your body needs.
    • Helps blocked energy flow to improve health and wellbeing.
    • Provides relief from physical and emotional pain.
    • Improves quality of sleep.
    • Gives clarity and calm to a busy mind.
  • How Reiki Works

    Reiki is a natural, vibrational, hands-on healing practice that supports the body’s self-healing ability. Reiki is a simple and safe, natural healthcare system.


    The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means 'universal energy' and Ki which is 'life force energy'. Reiki heals a person's ki energy by drawing on the greater universal energy that flows around us. If your energy is low, then you are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, you are more capable of being happy and healthy.


    Reiki sessions are a form of complementary therapy and can be integrated into any plan to support improved health and wellbeing. Reiki can reduce stress, pain and anxiety. Reiki can improve sleep and replenish energy.


    A treatment feels like a flow of warmth through and around the body. Reiki brings feelings of deep relaxation, peace, security and wellbeing.


  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Q. How is a Reiki treatment given?

    A. All you have to do to receive Reiki is relax fully clothed on my massage table under a warm duvet. It's very conducive to sleep and I won't be offended if you do. Reiki will work either way, but works best when you're relaxed. I give Reiki by placing my hands gently on and above you. I focus around the head and shoulders, the stomach, and feet. My massage table is adjustable for pregnant clients and anyone suffering from back pain or injuries.


    Q. What does a Reiki treatment feel like?

    A. It varies from person to person, but feelings of deep relaxation are usually felt by all. Many feel a calming flow of warmth around them. Reiki energy encourages you to let go of all tension, anxiety, fear or other negative feelings. This leads to a state of peace and well-being. At the end of the treatment, it is common to feel refreshed with a more positive, balanced outlook.


    Q. What can be treated with Reiki?

    A. Reiki can have a positive affect on all forms of illnesses and conditions (mental and physical). This includes minor things like head or stomach aches, bee stings, colds, flu, tension and anxiety, as well as serious illness like heart disease, cancer, leukemia, etc. The side effects of regular medical treatments have also been reduced or eliminated. This includes the negative effects of chemotherapy, post-operative pain and depression, as well as improving the healing rate and reducing the time needed to stay in hospital. Reiki always helps, but please be aware that it is not a miracle cure.


    Q. Do I have to stop seeing a regular doctor or psychologist in order to receive a Reiki treatment?

    A. No. Reiki works in conjunction with regular medical or psychological treatment. If you have a medical or psychological condition, it is recommended that one see a licensed health care professional in addition to receiving Reiki treatments. Reiki energy works in harmony with all other forms of healing, including drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method of alternative care and will improve the results.


    Q. Is it safe for pregnant women?

    A. Reiki can only do good. Many pregnant women have received treatments with great benefit to them and their unborn child. It has also been used during child birth. One pregnant client of mine told me that she felt especially bonded with her baby during and after our Reiki sessions.


    Q. What about babies?

    A. Babies love Reiki. It is very healthy for them. Don't worry about it being too strong. Reiki automatically adjusts to what the baby needs.


    Q. Are there any side effects from a Reiki treatment?

    A. Most of the time a person will feel relaxed and uplifted by a Reiki treatment. However, sometimes a person will have what is called a healing crisis. As a person’s energy goes up, toxins that have been stored in the body will be released into the blood stream to be filtered by the liver and kidneys and removed from the system. When this happens, sometimes a person can get a headache or stomach ache or feel weak. If this happens, it is a good idea to drink more water, eat lighter meals and get more rest. The body is cleansing as part of the healing process so this is a good sign.


    Q. Are there any scientific experiments that demonstrate Reiki works?

    A. Yes, see this UK article below from the The Guardian newspaper:


  • My Story

    Before I became a Reiki practitioner, I worked in film and

    television as a journalist and editor. I have always been

    fascinated by stories. What drives and inspires people has

    been at the heart of my work. While I still write about film

    and television, I also tap into this love of people and their

    stories through Reiki. A line of work where I can help and

    inspire clients to change their own life stories.


    Reiki came into my life at a time when I needed balance.

    Four years of being a mum with a lack of sleep had left

    me with long term post-natal depletion. I was breastfeeding

    my second son, a wonderful bonding experience, but my

    immune system and energy were low. My diet was filled with

    convenience foods and I developed food allergies, caused by

    adrenal fatigue. I felt stressed, anxious and overwhelmed.


    I searched for natural ways to boost my wellbeing and the instant

    calm of Reiki sounded ideal. I decided to try a session.Over the next

    few days, the calm feeling stayed with me and situations that would

    usually be stressful were easier to handle. With the sessions that

    followed, I felt more connected with what my body needed nutritionally.

    This moved me in such a way that I decided to become a Reiki practitioner

    and help others to improve their wellbeing too.


    I am a Reiki Master and registered member of the Reiki Association of New Zealand. I have been working with the original Dr Usai method of Reiki for several years and live in Grey Lynn, Auckland where I work as a Reiki practitioner and writer. I am grateful to have Reiki in my life. This gentle practice has empowered me to take charge of my wellbeing and live a more balanced lifestyle.

  • Sessions and Fees

    A session of Reiki is a great way relax and unwind. Regular sessions are recommended for those seeking a more transformative experience.


    Here in my Reiki room, all you have to do to is relax. I give Reiki by placing my hands gently on and above you. My massage table is adjustable for pregnant clients and anyone suffering from back pain or injuries. I'm based in Grey Lynn, central Auckland.



    Reiki Recharge 

    Take some time for you and relax with this rebalancing boost .

    $60 | 45min



    Mother and Baby Reiki 

    Bring baby along at nap time and recline together for this calming, bonding session.

    $60 | 45min For babies up to 6 months old only.



    Reiki with Guidance

    The session begins with discussing a goal or issue, followed by 40 minutes of Reiki.

    After Reiki we discuss how you can move forward with a fresh perspective.

    $80 | 60min



    Reiki with Guidance in-depth session

    The session begins with discussing a goal or issue, followed by 50 minutes of Reiki.

    After Reiki we discuss how you can move forward with a fresh perspective.

    $120 | 90min



    Reiki with Guidance - six session package (60 or 90min x 6)

    Available to anyone who has already come along for Reiki with Guidance and would like to continue in more depth. Every sixth session is free.

    $400 | 360min

    $600 | 540min

  • Testimonials for Lantern Reiki

    I always feel 10 times better after a reiki session with Shelley.

    Shelley’s clear passion for reiki and its benefits combined with her gentle and considered approach is what makes the session so unique and wonderful. I love how it leaves me feeling calmer, and more relaxed and refreshed. Shelley is an amazing listener with a calm and empatheticapproach. I particularly value her insightful, intuitive words of wisdom after the reiki.

    - Odile


    A session with Shelley is a very special treat you wish would never end. Every time, I leave feeling re-energized and centred. A good idea if you need a bit of help or want to offer a great pamper to a dear one.

    - Marion


    My first session with Shelley made a profound difference for me in my

    creative career. I was in a professional rut, and I asked her if she could

    help me figure out how to move forward. Since then I’ve followed an

    unexpected path, and not only have I made new contacts and received

    incredible feedback, but I’ve also learned that I’m definitely not alone on

    my journey.​

    - Heddi


    If you want to pamper body and soul then look no further. Shelley is

    friendly, warm and sensitive. You are promised a real moment of inner

    peace and deep relaxation

    - Axelle





  • Contact and Booking

    Don't be afraid to reach out. You + Reiki = Improved Wellbeing


    If you have any queries or would like to book a session I'd love to hear from you and will always respond within 24 hours. You can text me on 021 028 86727 or use the form below to send an email.


    Payment is preferred via electronic transfer 48 hours prior to each session and account details will be given at the time of booking. Cash is preferred for bookings made with less than 48 hours notice.

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