What is Reiki?

The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Spiritual or Universal” and (Ki) which means “Energy.” Reiki is a form of alternative therapy commonly referred to as energy healing. It emerged in Japan in the early 1900s and involves the transfer of universal energy from the practitioner’s palms to their client. Every living thing is made up of this universal life force energy.

What is the process?

A Reiki practitioner gently moves their hands just above or on the clients clothed body, helping reduce stress and promote healing by encouraging a healthy flow of energy. Reiki opens an energy channel between the practitioner and the client so the transfer of healing energy can flow, restoring the client both mentally and physically. The Reiki practitioner does not cause the healing, nor are they the source of that healing energy; they are merely a channel for the energy to flow.

How can Reiki help me?

Research suggests that Reiki helps your body return to a state of relaxation, which allows it to heal from damage brought on by stress, injury, or disease.  There is evidence that suggests if Reiki is used as a complementary therapy with other standard medical techniques that it can help people recover after surgery and manage symptoms of cancer and other diseases.

Will it cure my disease?

Keep in mind that Reiki is not a cure for a disease or illness, but it may assist the body in creating an environment to facilitate healing. Reiki should never replace conventional health care, but rather accompany it. Reiki is used to alleviate physical, emotional and spiritual distress brought on by a specific disease. Please see your medical physician if you are ill.

What can I expect in a Reiki session?

A typical Reiki session lasts between 30 and 90 minutes. When you meet your practitioner at your first session, you will have a short discussion about the process and your expectations or intentions. Let your practitioner know about any symptoms you want addressed or if there are places in the body on which you would like them to focus on. Also, let the practitioner know if you have any injuries or places that are sensitive to touch (or if you want a hands off session).  After the short discussion, you will be instructed to lie down on a massage table (or chair, if needed). The practitioner will cover you with a blanket and begin to scan your body (more precise, your aura) by moving their hands down your body beginning at your head. During this part, the practitioner is not touching you. Once the body scan is complete, the practitioner will begin the session at the top of your head and move down your body. They may touch you lightly or have their hands just above your body.

For the most part, there is no talking during the session. But please feel free to let your practitioner know if there is something you need to feel more comfortable or to share what you are experiencing. You may experience sensations in the body such as heat or tingling. Some people report seeing visualizations such as colors or pictures, or having memories appear. Try to allow whatever arises to pass without attaching too much meaning to it. Your experiences may become deeper the more you continue with Reiki.

The 5 Reiki Principles

(by Dr Mikao Usui)

  1.  Just for today do not anger
  2.  Just for today do not worry
  3.  Just for today express gratitude
  4.  Just for today work honestly
  5.  Just for today be kind to all living things

Distance Reiki


During training, one of the symbols that Reiki practitioners are attuned to is the “Distance Healing Symbol”.  This symbol is thought to allow the practitioner to send healing Reiki energy across time and space.  It allows practitioners to not only clear blockages from someone’s past, but also perform Reiki on someone who is not physically present.  Distance Reiki can be sent to anyone, anywhere, at any time with prior permission from the recipient.  If you are interested in a Distance Reiki session, sign up for a regular Reiki session and let me know your preference during the pre-session information gathering.

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