What is Reiki

Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy.

Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners, like myself, understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.

A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional. A session is pleasant and relaxing and is often utilized for one’s personal wellness.

What is Reiki used to Treat?

Reiki is a great tool for stress reduction and relaxation. Many people use Reiki for wellness. Reiki is not a cure for a disease or illness, but it may assist the body in creating an environment to facilitate healing. Reiki is a great tool to use as a complement to traditional medicine and is practiced in many hospitals and medical care settings.

What does a session look like?

A session is usually 30 – 60 minutes long and may last longer upon request.  A discussion will usually take place during an initial session around what to expect and offer the opportunity for the client to discuss any particular problems or issues they are experiencing and ask them what they are hoping to achieve from their session.

During a Reiki session, clients rest comfortably on a massage table on their back with their shoes removed. Unlike massage therapy, no articles of clothing are removed and a client is always fully clothed; loose, comfortable clothing is suggested. Most commonly, Reiki is offered through light, non-invasive touch with my hands placed and held on a series of locations on the head and front and back of the torso. If a client prefers not to be touched it should be communicated  prior to the start of a Reiki session.

The session will then proceed with me moving through specific standard Reiki hand positions beginning at the person’s head or feet.  A recipient of Reiki might feel a warming sensation or a tingling during the session or nothing at all but sheer relaxation. The session should be very pleasant, relaxing and invigorating.  I am a Second Degree Reiki practitioner.


Note: It is important to be aware that complementary and alternative therapies are not substitutes for diagnosis and/or treatment by a doctor, or for orthodox medication. They may, however, support any form of conventional therapy and the natural healing process.