What is Reiki?

Reiki is an energy healing technique developed in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui in the late 19th Century. It has been practiced in the U.S. since the 1930s, and has become a popular healing modality because of its easy, instant ability to relieve stress and induce deep relaxation.

The word “Reiki” combines two Japanese words, “rei” which means “life force” or “universal energy,” and “ki,” which means “personal energy.” It is the word Dr. Usui coined to explain this safe, simple technique. A Reiki treatment allows the recipient to absorb more universal energy to boost their own personal vitality, thus relieving stress, improving their physical health and energy, and creating greater balance in body, mind and soul.

How Can It Help Me?

Reiki is an excellent way for healthy individuals to manage stress on a regular basis. Because it is so deeply relaxing, Reiki allows the body to restore itself naturally, enhancing a sense of well-being and new vitality. Unlike other personal practices that reduce stress, such as meditation or tai chi, Reiki requires no efforting process or dedicated focus. The individual simply receives, relaxes and feels refreshed.

For those with health challenges, Reiki is an excellent support to other healthcare practices, including surgery, medications, chemotherapy and psychotherapy. Extensive, peer-reviewed research shows that Reiki boosts the immune system, relieves pain, and dramatically accelerates healing, which is why Reiki is now used in so many hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and integrative medical centers around the world. Reiki can strengthen the benefits received from all other health interventions.

What Happens During A Reiki Treatment?

A typical Reiki treatment lasts about 60 minutes. The recipient lies fully clothed on a massage table while the practitioner places their hands in a series of positions along the front and the back of the body, placements that are aligned with the chakras as well as the endocrine system. Unlike massage, there is no muscle manipulation; the practitioner simply lays their hands gently on the body. Treatments can also be given while the recipient is seated or standing.

The recipient’s breathing becomes slower and more comfortable as he or she moves toward a deeper state of relaxation. Recipients may feel a variety of gentle sensations during a Reiki treatment, particularly a sense of warmth from the Reiki practitioner’s hands. Those who are more sensitive to energy may feel a soft wave of subtle pulsations flowing through their bodies. Some have emotional releases during a treatment, especially if they are experiencing emotional challenges at the time. Many people become so relaxed they fall asleep during the treatment. After a treatment, they generally feel a sense of peace and contentment, greater mental clarity, relief from pain they may have been having, and a refreshing sense of relaxation.