What is Reiki?

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I have to say it was the most relaxing experience I ever had. For this service you don’t even remove your clothes. Shoes are removed at the door. You just enter the room and lay face up on the table. Then close your eyes and take deep cleansing breaths. Relax. When I walked outside everything was a vibrant glow.


Reiki Origin

It has been circulating some thousands of years. Reiki originated from Japan in 1922 by Mikao Usui, a Buddist. The practice has become popular in the US. During my esthetician course it was referred to as Hands-on Healing.

Mikao Usui (Usui Sensei), founder of the Reiki System of Healing used with permission https:www.reiki.org

So what is it?

Reiki is a type of alternative, holistic medicine (like Yoga). It may be referred to as energy healing or a natural healing. A Reiki practitioner uses the palms to transfer energy to the patient encouraging the body to heal.

A practitioner is trained to understand chakras. Crystals, chimes, essential oils or pendulums may be used. These help to balance chakras.

Charged magnetic energy from the practitioner helps to open blocked chakras. A blocked chakra is where energy has collected and caused congestion. It results in energy stagnation. And this is believed to lead to illness or disease.

Like acupuncture, Reiki can help open up these blocked areas. This improves the flow of energy in the body.


  • Helps find state of relaxation
  • Encourages our body to heal itself
  • Promotes emotional, mental and spiritual wellness


What Happens

A practitioner may offer services out of the home or a rented space. It is similar to a salon/spa setting. The practitioner may have a medical or salon/spa background.

You enter the room and remove your shoes, if you haven’t already. You are instructed to lay face up on the table fully clothed. You may be asked a series of questions. A blanket is offered encase you get cold. The temperature may fluctuate. There may be soft music piped in. The lights are dimmed to help you relax.

You are instructed to take deep cleansing breathes. Inhale through the nose to expand your stomach then exhale through your mouth to flatten it.

While you continue this the trained practitioner will use different hand shapes. Hands are placed lightly or above areas of the head, limbs and torso. The hand positions are usually palms down with the fingers spread. You are encouraged to repeat deep breaths. The hands can be placed in 20 different positions for anywhere from 2-5 minutes each.

As the practitioner’s hands are above or lightly on your body the energy is transferred. The practitioner is attuned to sensations. Each hand position is held until the feeling of energy is gone.

Crystals, chimes, essential oils or a pendulum may be incorporated into the session for added benefits. The session may be 15 and 90 minutes long. The number of sessions depends on the reason for the service. Some come for relaxation to help with stress management. And others want to work on a certain issue; this may be chronic pain, muscle tension or feelings from trauma.

The session ends and you are offered water to hydrate. At this time you may have questions or want to discuss how you feel.


Training may vary depending on the level achieved. Training can involve three levels (Master being the highest). Classes can be a couple days to a couple years. Many different schools are available. No credentials are needed to practice. Some schools may offer a Reiki certificate or license of their own. Most countries have no Reiki regulations. Research continues about this field of healing and its claims concerning different illnesses.

Disclaimer: No endorsements for pay or otherwise are included in this blog.

This website is for informational purposes and not for diagnosis.

If you have a health condition or a concern, please consult your doctor.

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