What Is Reiki

The Practice of Reiki sounds almost too good to be true doesn’t it?

Reiki is a form of energy work based on unblocking and balancing the flow of universal life energy in order to bring about physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing.This healing system was developed by Dr. Mikao Usui (1865-1926), a Japanese scholar. Dr. Usui was fascinated by spiritual healing and intensively studied many ancient texts that dealt with the subject.

Reiki is based on the concept that every living thing has an energy field that must be balanced in order to maintain proper mental, physical, and spiritual health. Illness, including chronic pain, occurs when this energy field is either blocked or weakened. Reiki practitioners through special training can unblock universal energy or transfer it from themselves to someone else, thus promoting healing. Normally, unblocking and energy transfer are done through touch. Advanced practitioners can perform reiki healing without touch, either by holding their hands close to the body or, if the patient is far away, through visualization.


What Happens During Reiki Healing? 

A trained reiki master will conduct the reiki healing session. Sessions can take place in an office, clinic, or home and usually last from one to one-and-a-half hours. When beginning treatment, the patient often has three or four sessions on consecutive days, followed by less frequent sessions. Reiki sessions are often not covered by conventional medical insurance.

In order for reiki to be effective, the patient is asked to bring the correct attitude of acceptance, openness, and responsibility to the reiki session. The patient lies down fully clothed, usually on a massage table. Starting at the head, the reiki master places his or her hands on the body with the fingertips touching. Without applying any pressure, the healer uses concentrated mental visualization to send focused energy to the places where the patient needs it. The hands remain still to allow energy transfer. Hand positions are held for about five minutes, and then a new site is selected.

Reiki for Pain from Injuries

Pain from injuries, whether chronic, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries, or acute, such as a sports injury, can be alleviated or moderated through the use of reiki. The healer directs energy toward the site of the pain, stimulating healing. Reiki can be used either alone or in conjunction with other healing therapies to treat injuries.

How Does Reiki Help Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain can arise from many sources, both physical and emotional. These include pain from stress; psychological, spiritual, and emotional distress; from injuries and physical overwork; and pain caused by disease.

By opening up a channel between healer and patient to transfer energy, a reiki healer restores the body both physically and mentally. Muscles are relaxed and energy flow is unblocked. This helps reduce physical tension and pain. Anxiety and stress also are reduced, helping to unblock and release emotional pain. Although the patient may not be completely pain free, he or she feels relaxed, refreshed, and is better able to cope with his or her condition.

About Reiki Practitioners

Reiki practitioners undergo a series of sessions under the direction of reiki masters in which they learn to tap into their own universal life energy and transfer it to others. These sessions are called attunements. The first level of training usually consists of four three-hour sessions during which the basic hand positions are taught. A second level of training is offered that allows practitioners to intensify their healing powers to the degree that they can perform long-distance healing through visualization.