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Revisiting Reiki

As Reiki has become more popular, I feel the need to revisit and explain what Reiki is. Reiki is a form of alternative therapy that involves the transfer of energy through the hands of a practitioner to promote healing and balance in the recipient. The term "Reiki" comes from the Japanese words "rei," meaning universal, and "ki," meaning life energy.

Here are some quick key points to answer the majority of questions I receive.

What is Reiki?

1. Energy Healing

Reiki is based on the concept that there is a universal life energy that flows through all living things. Practitioners believe that when this energy is balanced and flowing freely, a person is in a state of good health. When it is blocked or depleted, it can lead to physical, emotional, or spiritual imbalances.

*For Western minds, the relationship between our energy/experiences and how our bodies carry them can be more deeply explained in the book, The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel A Van Der Kolk, MD.

2. The Practice

Reiki sessions typically involve the recipient lying down fully clothed while the practitioner places their hands lightly on or just above the body in various positions. The practitioner channels energy through their hands to the recipient, which is believed to facilitate the healing process.

3. Non-Invasive and Holistic

Reiki is non-invasive and can be used alongside conventional medical treatments. It aims to help the whole person release what no longer serves them and be open to addressing their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of self.

Benefits of Reiki

1.  Complementary Therapy

Reiki can be used alongside other medical treatments and therapies to support holistic health. It is often used in hospitals and hospices to help patients cope with illness and treatment side effects.

2. Stress Reduction and Relaxation

One of the most common benefits of Reiki is its ability to promote deep relaxation and reduce stress. This can help alleviate tension and anxiety, creating a sense of calm and well-being.

3. Improved Sleep

By reducing stress and promoting relaxation, Reiki can also improve sleep quality. Better sleep contributes to overall health and well-being.

4. Emotional Release

Reiki can help release emotional blockages and facilitate emotional healing. It can assist in processing emotions, improving mood, and fostering a more positive outlook on life.

5. Enhanced Healing

Reiki is believed to support the body’s natural healing processes. It can aid in recovery from illness, surgery, or injury by promoting relaxation and reducing stress, which can enhance the body's ability to heal itself.

6. Improved Sleep

By reducing stress and promoting relaxation, Reiki can also improve sleep quality. Better sleep contributes to overall health and well-being.

7. Spiritual Growth

For some, Reiki is a spiritual practice that can foster a deeper connection with their inner self and the universe. It can enhance spiritual awareness and personal growth.

Example Scenario

Imagine someone experiencing chronic stress and anxiety due to a demanding job. After one or several Reiki sessions, they might notice a significant reduction in their stress levels, improved sleep quality, and a greater sense of emotional balance. This can lead to improved overall health and a better ability to manage daily challenges.


Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that aims to balance the body's energy and promote overall well-being. While scientific evidence on its efficacy varies, many people find it beneficial for reducing stress, enhancing relaxation, and supporting their overall health. It is important to approach Reiki with an open mind and consider it as part of a broader wellness plan that may include conventional medical treatments and other complementary therapies.

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