What is Reiki and How it Really Works

Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on energy healing technique that has captured the interest of many seeking to improve their overall health and well-being.
In the realm of alternative therapy, this practice has gained widespread recognition for its profound effects on relaxation, stress reduction, and symptom relief.

There are many Reiki Masters like me, and yet again we all have our way of using the healing energy.
The following is my take on Reiki therapy which comes from my experience, as an energy healer, for more than 20 years.

What is Reiki?

At its core, it is an ancient Japanese practice that emerged in the early 1900s, developed by Mikao Usui (thus Usui Reiki) The term “Reiki” is a combination of two Japanese words – “rei,” meaning “universal,” and “ki,” which refers to the vital life force energy flowing through all living beings.

It is still the Reiki Usui used and taught, that we use today.

What is Reiki
What is Reiki?

Practitioners channel this universal energy through their hands to promote healing and balance within the recipient. The fundamental principle of it revolves around restoring the harmonious flow of energy, aiming to align the body’s various facets – physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

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The Boundless Benefits of Reiki

The transformative effects extend far beyond relaxation; its therapeutic potential encompasses a wide array of health benefits.

Reiki Benefits:

  • Inducing a Meditative State
    It serves as a gateway to achieving a meditative state, allowing individuals to experience profound inner peace and tranquility. The gentle touch and focused energy facilitate a sense of calmness, quieting the mind and fostering mental clarity.
  • Facilitating Healing after Injury or Surgery
    Through its healing touch, it can expedite tissue and bone healing, aiding in post-injury or post-surgery recovery. Stimulating the body’s natural healing processes supports swift and efficient recuperation.
  • Strengthening the Immune System
    Reiki practitioners empower the body’s innate ability to defend itself by stimulating the immune system. Encouraging a robust immune response can fortify the body’s defenses against illnesses and infections.
  • Promoting Natural Self-Healing
    The essence lies in its capacity to trigger the body’s inherent self-healing mechanisms. Optimizing the flow of energy empowers the body to address imbalances and restore its equilibrium.
  • Alleviating Pain and Tension
    One of the most celebrated benefits is its potential to relieve pain and tension. The therapeutic energy dissolves energy blockages, releasing physical and emotional strain, leading to increased comfort and well-being.
  • Enhancing Conventional Medical Treatments
    It functions harmoniously with traditional medical treatments, enhancing their effectiveness. For individuals undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or kidney dialysis, it can provide valuable support to improve the overall treatment experience.
Can Reiki Therapy Replace Traditional Medicine
Reiki Therapy

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Can Reiki Replace Traditional Medicine?

Multiple studies show, that healing treatment can facilitate feelings of:

  • Peace.
  • Relaxation.
  • Security.
  • Wellness.
  • Sleepiness

Its holistic approach renders it beneficial for addressing various physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual challenges.

It may be particularly helpful for:

  • Chronic Pain
    Those suffering from chronic pain can find solace in Reiki’s energy flow, which may ease discomfort and improve their overall quality of life.
  • Infertility
    Its ability to promote relaxation and reduce stress may be advantageous for couples navigating the challenges of infertility.
  • Digestive Problems
    Rebalancing the body’s energy might help alleviate digestive issues and contribute to digestive system harmony.
  • Parkinson’s Disease
    The gentle touch could potentially enhance the well-being of individuals managing Parkinson’s disease symptoms.
  • Psychological Distress
    Depression, anxiety, and stress-related illnesses may find relief through energy healing, which offers a holistic approach to emotional well-being.
How Does Reiki Work

How Does Reiki Work?

At the heart of a session lies the intimate connection between the practitioner and the recipient.
Practitioners act as conduits, channeling the universal life force energy to the recipient’s energy centers called chakras.

This energy flow is not governed by the practitioner but by the recipient’s needs. This unique characteristic ensures that healing aligns perfectly with each individual’s requirements, creating a personalized and empowering experience.

Therapy Session Experience

A treatment typically lasts around 50 minutes, during which the recipient lies fully clothed on a massage table. The practitioner gently places their hands, palms down, on or just above the recipient’s body, focusing on specific energy locations, typically following the flow of Chakras from top to bottom.

The length of time spent in each position is dictated by the flow of energy through the practitioner’s hands. Unlike other touch therapies, it involves no pressure, massage, or manipulation.

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The Profound Connection

During the session, recipients may experience various sensations, such as warmth, tingling, or pulsing in areas where the practitioner’s hands rest. These sensations represent the energy flowing and working through the recipient’s energy centers.

Each person’s experience is unique, and while some may feel pronounced sensations, others might experience a subtle yet profound shift in energy.

Reiki Masters work with Chakras or Energy Centers
Reiki Masters work with Chakras or Energy Centers

Final Thoughts

Reiki therapy stands as an empowering practice that embraces the essence of universal life force energy to foster healing and harmony. From inducing a meditative state to alleviating pain and tension, its therapeutic potential is vast and profound.

Although not a substitute for medical or psychotherapeutic consultation, it harmonizes perfectly with traditional medicine, enhancing efficacy and supporting individuals on their journey to optimal health.

It can guide you towards a state of holistic wellness, where your mind, body, and spirit unite in perfect harmony.


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