What is Reiki

I am certified as a Reiki I & II practitioner through the International Center for Reiki. I will receive Reiki Master certification at the end of February. Once certified as a Reiki Master, I will begin teaching Reiki I & II and Reiki Master classes, so stay tuned!


Reiki is a method of healing that involves balancing and restoring the body's natural energies for the purposes of increasing vitality, balancing emotions, and improving health and well being.

Many of our largest hospitals have been offering Reiki as part of their overall team approach for the last decade, with many studies proving that patients who receive reiki as part of their overall plan of treatment have improved outcomes as compared to the group who did not receive Reiki as part of their team approach.

According to the Mayo Clinic:

Reiki is hands-on natural healing using the universal life force energy. The term comes from the Japanese words “rei,” meaning from God or universal, and “ki,” which means vital life force energy, which flows through all living things. Reiki, an abundant, gentle spiritual energy is not tied to any specific religion or nationality.

What are the Benefits of Receiving Reiki Treatment?

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, people use reiki for relaxation, stress reduction and symptom relief, in efforts to improve overall health and well-being. A reiki treatment may do the following:

  • Bring about a peaceful, deep state of relaxation
  • Dissolve energy blockages and tension
  • Detoxify the body
  • Support the well-being of a person receiving traditional medical treatment that is debilitating (e.g., chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, kidney dialysis)
  • Supply universal life force energy to the body
  • Stimulate the body’s immune system
  • Help to relieve pain
  • Stimulate tissue and bone healing after injury or surgery
  • Increase the vibrational frequency on physical, mental emotional and spiritual levels
  • Decrease inflammation

Reiki, which is used all over the world including in many hospitals and hospices, aids in healing by helping people become more balanced physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

What Conditions Can Be Treated by Reiki?

Reiki is not specific to any particular type of disease or condition. Because it works on the entire self, mind, body and emotions - it may be successful in all types of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing.

Reiki helps patients to prepare for surgery, which may help boost recovery afterward.

Reiki addresses the following conditions, among others:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Infertility
  • Digestive problems
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Stress-related diseases
  • Psychological illnesses

Will I Benefit From Reiki if I Am in Good Health?

Yes. If you are in good health already, regularly applied reiki treatments (about once a month) enhance your ability to respond to unhealthy elements in your environment and help you to handle stress. By promoting the harmonious distribution of energy, reiki is an excellent form of preventive medicine.

Can Reiki Replace Traditional Medical or Therapeutic Treatments?

No. Reiki complements all other types of medical and therapeutic treatments. Reiki treatment should not be used as a substitute for consultation or a physician, a practitioner or natural therapeutics or a psychotherapist. Reiki can increase the efficacy of other types of healing.

WHAT TO EXPECT: How Does Reiki Work?

The Reiki practitioner is the conduit between the patient and the source of the universal life force energy; the energy flows through the practitioner’s energy field and through their hands to the patient. (The energy does not come from the practitioner; rather it comes through the practitioner from the universal source. There is no energy drain on the practitioner).

Reiki treatments typically last about 60 minutes. During the treatment, the patient lies on a massage table, fully clothed. The reiki practitioner gently places their hands palm down on or hovers just above the patient’s body in a specific energy location and uses a series of 12 to 15 different hand positions. The length of time that the practitioner leaves their hands in each position is determined by the flow of energy through their hands at each location. There is no pressure, massage or manipulation involved. 

The patient may experience the energy as sensations such as heat, tingling or pulsing where the practitioner has placed their hands. Sometimes, the sensations are felt moving through the body; some people do not perceive any sensations at all. Most people feel very relaxed and peaceful, and many fall asleep during the treatment.

Studies have shown that when our energy field becomes depleted from illness, injury or physical and emotional stress, this can begin to cause physical illness in the body. Receiving reiki treatments in conjunction with Myofascial Release is very important in maintaining the physical and energetic health of your body.