What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced ray’ kee) is a Japanese form of hands-on, holistic healing most commonly used for stress and pain reduction. The term comes from the Japanese words “rei,” which translates into universal, and “ki,” which means energy. It is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us all, restoring and balancing our ki (energy).

Reiki healing stimulates energy to the chakras clearing away energy “blockages” so that the energy can flow freely. Reiki restores, balances, repairs and recharges the healing levels of life force energy to bring balance and harmony to the individual.

Reiki was developed by a Japanese Buddhist priest, Dr. Mikao Usui. It is said that along his spiritual quest, he went to Mt. Kurama, where he fasted and meditated for 21 days. On the last day of his fast, he saw a great light and achieved spiritual enlightenment. When he achieved enlightenment, he acquired an ability to heal through the laying of hands. He spent the remainder of his life healing people in Japan before passing along his knowledge to Dr. Chujiro Hayashi. Therefore, the traditional form of Reiki is referred to as Usui Reiki. Over the years the practice of Reiki has evolved to include different methods and symbols; however, all are based on Usui Reiki.

Benefits of Reiki

Reiki is not specific to any particular diseases or conditions; therefore, it can be as specific as to treat an ailment or as broad as to initiate a feeling of well being. Reiki will flow to the areas where it is most needed; always moving towards balance. Examples of the use of Reiki include, but are not limited to:

  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Psychological Illnesses
  • Chronic Pain
  • Personal Growth
  • Detoxification
  • Digestive Problems
  • Fertility issues

Reiki complements all other types of medical and therapeutic treatments. However, it is not a substitute for consultation with a physician or mental health professional.

What Happens During A Reiki Treatment?

Reiki sessions may be conducted in a variety of locations, such as one’s home, Practitioner’s home, or office. The environment is peaceful and relaxing. The client lies down on a massage table with pillows and blankets. The client remains fully closed. The Reiki practitioner channels invisible (vibrational) life force energy to their client through a variety of gentle laying-on-of-hands patterns and methods, thus stimulating the positive flow of energy to your chakras. The energy is not the practitioner’s; rather, it is “universal”.

Scheduling A Reiki Session

If you are interested in scheduling a Reiki session or expanding your understanding of Reiki, please visit our "Find a Practitioner" or “Find a Class” page for a location near you.