Meet Melanie Glanville

“Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good.” ― Malcolm Gladwell

An interview with Usui Reiki Master, Melanie Glanville, on her Reiki life journey and transformational moments.
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About Melanie Glanville, Reiki Master

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Full Name: Melanie Glanville

Years: 62

Lives:  S.W London, UK

Occupation: Usui Shiki Ryoho Master and Practitioner, Metamorphic Technique and Ear Candling Practitioner,  and Business Manager at ReCentre  Health Therapy Rooms in Balham

I first met Melanie Glanville, Reiki Master, in the Spring of 2012.  

I was working in a stressful city job and I was desperately seeking something to help me feel better.  

A colleague mentioned Reiki and I found Mel through The Reiki Association website, and so began my journey with Reiki.

Mel was raised by two doctors and spent the majority of her childhood in Southhampton and Oxford.

Competing a Diploma in Citizenship, Mel moved to London and worked in advertising and PR roles , later finding focus and enjoyment within HR departments.

I met my now husband when we worked in the same advertising agency in 1986, and in 1991 we had a daughter, Georgia. With a new life to care for, crazy-long work hours were unsupportable. I found my feet with a part-time role at British Heart Foundation’s and stayed there for six years.

In 2008, having already enjoyed the Reiki world as a client for nine years, Mel, found herself suddenly and inexplicably drawn to attending a Reiki Level 1 class.

I contacted Reiki Master Tripuri Dunne, who had taught me Metamorphic Technique many years prior. Despite now living in Norfolk, it just so happened that she was teaching that weekend in London! I completed Reiki Levels 1 and 2 in a matter of months and I can only say it felt like coming home.

October 2009 was a turning point.  Georgia started University and on the same morning Mel was offered two new jobs – one was with a top Investment Bank in the City and the other was at ReCentre Health. 

It was the difference between £50/hr and £9/hr – a pivotal moment in her life. 

By chance I was swapping Reiki with a friend that day and, following the treatment, my decision was made with absolute certainty and ease to move away from the corporate sector.My husband and I were equally shocked!

So Mel followed her heart and Reiki and hasn’t looked back since.  

In 2011 she embarked on the path of Mastery with Tripuri Dunne as her teacher, competing her training in 2014.  

Mel is now enjoying her eighth year of teaching and embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Japan with Phyllis Lei Furumoto (Grand Master and former lineage bearer of the Usui Shiki Ryoho system of Reiki), and is part of the Connecting Reiki with Medicine team of Reiki practitioners at St George’s Hospital in Tooting.

What have been the toughest parts of your life journey so far and how have you overcome them?

Going through the heartache of three miscarriages.  The sadness and loss I experienced has rippled through life since my 30s.  Like a pebble thrown in a pond, the ripples radiate outwards and soften with time, while leaving space to honour the souls that weren’t ready to incarnate.   

My mother died whilst Georgia was very young (I was only 36) and that was a turbulent time of great sadness for the whole family, knowing we were going to lose her to cancer.  

Being able to self-treat with Reiki touches depths within myself that I cannot access from consciousness and, while the feelings of sadness and loss have not completely gone, I have come a long way in the healing of my experience.  

“In Reiki, I have learnt that every experience is my teacher.”

What makes your heart sing?


Spending time with my beloved family, my husband and my daughter.


In particular teaching it and being with the Reiki community.  Reiki has infused and informed every aspect of my life.  As we change internally, life and influences around us will change to reflect this.  Everything in my experience with Reiki happens with ease and flow, whether it feels comfortable or not.  It’s a simple practice to learn, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy!


Working with like-minded complementary therapists at ReCentre.  It’s a joy to work within a clinic that completely aligns with my core values, where visionary thinking and a loving approach runs through everything we do.

What do you believe about our life here on Earth?

I believe that our time here is an opportunity to touch on and explore our mission and purpose.  We are going through an interesting time on this planet environmentally, politically and energetically.  Humans, collectively and as individuals, are being challenged to be conscious enough to understand our footprint on Earth and what we leave behind (our legacy).

I believe that we are here to share the gifts that we have incarnated with and to develop those.  I believe in the eternity of our souls.  

Three key pieces of advice that you want to pass onto readers about living their full potential / life’s purpose:

Learn to live with an open heart

Aim to focus inwardly to your heart centre as your “go-to” wisdom and let that inform and guide your responses in life. 

Connect to your higher ‘self’ with honesty and consideration, rather than focusing on the easier habits we sometimes cultivate (e.g. cynicism, bias,  judgement). 

Pause.  Breathe. Let love in.  Only then act/speak/write …

Let go of your ego

Allow your self-esteem to let you be proud of your achievements.  If things don’t go well, find time for helpful reflection and move forward with this new teaching.

Find and develop a regular spiritual practice

Practice gratitude, mindfulness and/or Reiki self-treatment daily.  Before I sleep, I make a sincere inventory of a few things I’m grateful for in that moment – friends, experiences, a great cup of herbal tea …  

And finally, any 'miracle moments' you would like to share?

  1. Meeting my husband and becoming a mother.

2. Accepting the job at ReCentre-health after a Reiki treatment.  

It was a most irrational decision considering the analytical, left-brain person I was back then.  Very out-of-character for me.  I had even bought the new clothes for the bank job before I made this decision, and I haven’t looked back since.

3. The morning I received an email from Phyllis Lei Furumoto about the trip to Japan. 

I booked at once and then agonised about going.  I made up many outlandish excuses in my head about why I should pull out.  At a Reiki 2 share I was asked by a student whether I had sent Reiki to it (I hadn’t!), so I did, and all my fears and anxiety dissolved.  The money side of things worked out too and I embarked on a journey that affected my life in profound and transformational ways.

Do less, be more.

“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.” - Ovid

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