What is REIKI?

Updated: Aug 14, 2019

Reiki allows your wisdom to guide your daily life.

What happens in a Reiki session?

Reiki is best held in a peaceful setting, but it can be carried out anywhere. The patient will sit in a comfortable chair or lie on a table, fully clothed. There may or may not be music, depending on the patient's preference.

The practitioner places their hands lightly on or over specific areas of the head, limbs, and torso using different hand shapes, for between 2 and 5 minutes. The hands can be placed over 20 different areas of the body.

If there is a particular injury, such as a burn, the hands may be held just above the wound.

While the practitioner holds their hands lightly on or over the body, the transfer of energy takes place. During this time, the practitioner's hands may be warm and tingling. Each hand position is held until the practitioner senses that the energy has stopped flowing.

When the practitioner feels that the heat, or energy, in their hands has abated, they will remove their hands and may place them over a different area of the body.


Translated from Japanese, the actual word Reiki means 'Universal life-force energy'. Rei signifying 'universe' and Ki signifying 'life force'. This energy can be used to reduce stress, help relaxation and promote healing by using our hands in specific but simple hand positions that cover the most important energy centres (chakras), meridians, endocrine system and major body organs While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion.  It is  not dependent on any belief system, and will work whether you believe in it or not. We all have the ability to connect with the energy of Reiki, and it is quick and simple to learn and even easier to use. It is very effective and 100% safe. Reiki is used today in conjunction with, or as an alternative to, traditional medicine. It is one of several alternative modalities offered in prestigious hospitals across the world.  It supports both orthodox and complementary treatments of all sort. A growing number of veterinary practices and animal rescue organisations also use it for the benefit of the animals. 

Reiki is used alongside five principles created by Usui

Just for today do not worry

Just for today do not anger

Honor your parents, elders and teachers

Earn your living honestly

Show gratitude to every living thing


Reiki works in a holistic, all encompassing manner. It gently enters deep inside and heals us from the core while opening energetic blockages. Very often the cause of dis-ease will be communicated through an imbalance in our bodies. This imbalance is normally the symptom. It is not the cause. Reiki finds and heals the cause. It does this by working on 4 levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. You also don’t need to be in a state of dis-ease to benefit from reiki, it acts as a preventative medicine restoring daily balance and harmony within the body.

Receiving reiki is a very simple process. The recipient simply lies on a Reiki table, then through a series of 14 non-intrusive hand positions reiki energy reaches the recipient through the hands of the practitioner. Reiki will pass through anything, from metal to plaster casts. 

What does Reiki do?

Accelerated healing from injury/illness
Increases vitality and postpones the ageing processStronger immune systemClear trauma or emotional or behavioural issuesSurgical supportEnd of life issuesPromote spiritual growthReduces stress and promotes deep relaxationAids better sleepCan help with acute (injuries) and chronic problems (asthma, eczema, migraines, etc.) and aides the breaking of addictionsHelps relieve painRemoves energy blockages and adjusts the energy flow of the endocrine system bringing the body into balance and harmonyReduces some of the side effects of drugs, and helps the body to recover from drug therapy after surgery, and chemotherapyReduces blood pressure

According to the University of Minnesota, patients who have undergone a Reiki session

may say:

"I feel very refreshed and seem to be thinking more clearly."

"I think I fell asleep."

"I can't believe how hot your hands got!"

"I feel more relaxed than even after a massage."

"My headache is gone."

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