Photo by Alec Jones

Reiki has been a part of my life for over 25 years now and I have been so grateful to have this wonderful healing ability literally in my hands.  It gives me such joy to be able to teach others and see the transformation it brings to their lives too.

I was born in Coventry and grew up there and in Birmingham.  After taking a degree in English Literature and Philosophy in Hull, I followed my love of theatre, and in particular, mime to study theatre in Paris.   I came back to Birmingham in 1986 (a bit depressing after 2 years in Paris!) and started my own theatre company.  Shortly after that I began learning Tai Chi and met my future husband.

I first experienced Reiki in 1987 after spraining my ankle during rehearsals but realised its true potential when I received further treatment after the sudden death of my father.  I found Reiki comforting and that it also helped me to heal old emotional issues.

Having discovered that it was as simple to learn as it is to receive, I took a First Degree Reiki class in 1989 with Martha Sylvester, moving on to Second Degree with her later that year.  I think she recognised my passion for Reiki, so she invited me to become a Reiki Master.  At the time I didn't consider myself to be 'spiritual' enough to be a Reiki Master, but I had a strong desire to help others with Reiki and saw that being able to teach them would make this more possible.

After a year's apprenticeship, which included lots of Reiki practice, I became a Reiki Master in November 1991.  I taught my first class the following month and have been teaching regularly ever since!

I attended the inaugural meeting of The Reiki Association in 1991 and from 1992 to 2004 I worked as their Administrator.  I saw it grow from a small group of 200 practitioners to an community of 1,000 members.  Being so involved with the Reiki community, both in the UK and internationally, through this job gave me wonderful opportunities to learn more about the practice of Reiki in all its forms. In 2004 I left the job because I realised that I was not at peace in my work/life balance and needed more time to devote to my Reiki practice.  This has given me time to develop my Reiki practice and gain more experience in giving treatments.

"If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our society, will benefit from our peace"

Thich Nhat Hanh 

I continued to be involved with The Reiki Association, including representing them in helping to develop National Occupational Standards for professional Reiki practitioners.  I was also The Reiki Association representative on the Reiki Regulatory Working Group (RRWG) until June 2007, when I changed places to represent the Reiki Alliance instead.  Until recently I was a member of the Deepening Practice Network team, a voluntary group which is part of The Reiki Association and organises events to support Reiki practitioners - click here to visit our website.  In March it became clear that Reiki had another job for me and I was elected onto the Reiki Association Council.

In January 2010 I was appointed by Reiki Council to act on the Profession Specific Board of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Counci - I was re-elected to this post in late 2015.

I am also a member of the Reiki Alliance, a community of Reiki masters committed to teaching Usui Shiki Ryoho in its defined form.

I have a particular passion for the public practice of Reiki, wanting to see people able to find a reliable practitioner and for the practitioners to be confident and supported in what they do.  This comes from my early experiences as a Reiki practitioner and also my belief that Reiki should be enough on its own - by which I mean that Reiki practitioners should be able to earn their living just with Reiki, without having to learn another complementary therapy to survive.  I do not mean that Reiki should not be used alongside other treatments - it is often very good for supporting conventional treatments.  I also have great faith in Reiki's ability to improve people's well being, whatever problem they are facing in their life.

As well as being my work, Reiki is my spiritual practice.  I am guided by the Reiki principles and Reiki philosophy in my daily life.  I have now had the honour of teaching Reiki to over 1,000 people and have enjoyed teaching Reiki more as each year passes and my understanding and experience deepens.

I live in an old cottage on Titterstone Clee Hill in Shropshire, where we have views for up to 70 miles on a clear day.  I share my life with my husband, who teaches tai chi.

I love to share my enthusiasm for Reiki!


I also have an alter ego:

as a clown called Bonzo Mary!