About Reiki

I decided to add a little bit about Reiki, since it is my primary modality at this time. Reiki is a holistic healing practice, that promotes relaxation, stress reduction and self-healing. Practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above the body, with the goal of transmitting energy and initiating a healing response. The facilitator, in a safe and quiet space, can aid the person to be more aware of areas of their body that are not functioning optimally and help remove or alter stagnant energy in those areas.

Key points

  • Reiki promotes relaxation, tranquility and overall wellbeing.
  • Reiki may aid in reducing symptoms of diseases and conditions.
  • Reiki is an excellent complementary modality to aid in treating chronic conditions.
  • Reiki will provide a cleansing of emotions or negative energies stored in the body.
  • Although Reiki can be spiritually healing, the practice is not associated with any religion.


The current common Reiki practice was founded by Mikao Usui in Japan in 1922. The word “Reiki” originates from Japanese kanji, interpreted as: Rei, spiritual wisdom, and Ki, life energy. One of Usui’s students, Chujiro Hayashi, further developed the healing practices. Miss Hawayo Takata (Takata Sensei) brought Reiki to the Western world in 1937. Other students have since expanded and promoted the practice.

Reiki is based on the idea that there is a universal energy force that flows through us and can become disrupted, causing issues with the physical body. Western culture is becoming more aware that our thoughts and feelings can affect our wellbeing. The purpose of Reiki treatment is to stimulate the body’s innate healing abilities by helping promote a healthy flow of life-force energy. Practitioners facilitate this energy, and help remove blockages. If the body does not need the energy, it will simply travel through.

Other forms of energy healing have been practiced for thousands of years in many different countries and cultures. This type of healing modality is becoming more popular and researchers continue investigate how energy can be conveyed, transformed and utilized.

What happens in a Reiki healing session?

In a Reiki session, the client (fully clothed) lies down or sits comfortably. The practitioner’s hands are placed lightly on or just above the client’s body, palms down, using a series of different, non-invasive hand positions. Each position is held for about 2 to 5 minutes; Clients may feel sensations such as heat, tingling, or twitching muscles.
Practitioners may use methods such as meditative breathing and blowing. Other tools can be used to facilitate the flow of energy, such as aroma therapy or places stones or crystals on the client’s body.

Some people may prefer to lie still and enjoy the relaxation and quiet, while other may wish to participate in the healing process by providing feedback, such as sensations, emotions or thoughts that arise. This can help with building a client’s self-healing awareness and assist with targeting areas of the body that are being affected.

What happens next?

The client may feel dehydrated, dizzy or disorientated after a treatment. Drinking water after an appointment is encouraged. Sensations or self-healing may continue after the appointment as the energy may continue to shift.

The number of sessions depends on the health needs of the individual client. It is advised that individuals receive more than one treatment to be most effective. There is no limit to the number of treatments an individual can receive and further treatments should be discussed with the practitioner. Clients are encouraged to confer with their physician about any alternative treatments they are receiving, including Reiki.

Reiki is a valuable alternative healing practice and is an excellent complement to a client’s health and wellbeing regiment.