Reiki: Healing, Holistic Health, and Well-being

What is Reiki?

Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing art used to promote good health and well-being.

Ki, which translates to “life force energy”, channels through the body of those who are practicing the healing. By laying hands on the body or simply touching the aura, the energy helps to balance the patient’s chakras (energy centers), balancing the person’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual state of being. In addition, Reiki has been known to reduce stress, enable the release of toxins and remove energy blocks.

Through the activation of the body’s natural ability to heal, people have been known to benefit on a variety of levels ranging from minor stress to major disease.

Reiki is not affiliated with any religious group, though many experience a strengthening in their spirituality through regular practice. It may foster spiritual growth and aid in emotional clearing.  It is not to be used in replacement of medical care, though it may enhance treatment and help in creating a more speedy recovery.

What are the benefits of Reiki?

The benefits of Reiki are numerous.  Reiki enhances the body’s natural ability to heal itself.  It does this by:

  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Enhancing personal awareness
  • Reducing stress
  • Promoting creativity
  • Releasing blocked, suppressed feelings
  • Aiding meditation and positive thinking
  • Clearing toxins
  • Relieving pain

Reiki creates deep relaxation, which promotes better sleep, lowers blood pressure, aids in digestion, increases focus, and can help with acute injuries as well as chronic problems, such as asthma, eczema, and headaches.  A Reiki treatment may help reduce some of the side effects of drugs.  It can help the body to recover after surgery, and help decrease the length of inpatient hospital stays.  It can help flush out the toxic effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

Reiki alleviates pain.  It can soothe tight muscles, relieve leg pain, and ease lower back and sacral pain.  It helps those individuals who are in any type of chronic pain, with conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia.

Reiki can aid in addiction recovery.  Reiki supports individuals going through alcohol and drug rehab.  It helps remove energy blockages while bringing the energy flow of the body into balance and harmony, boosting the immune system, increasing vitality, slowing the aging process, and raising the vibrational frequency of the body.

Reiki is safe and gentle for adults, children, and pets.  It can be performed anywhere.  It supports and complements the patient/physician relationship, as well as medical treatments.  Reiki is beneficial during pregnancy, labor, and delivery.  It supports those receiving palliative end of life care.  Reiki is effective in first aid situations, and helps to reduce injuries in the workplace.   It can be calming for those who are experiencing the loss of a loved one.

Overall, Reiki promotes deep relaxation, healing, and a balance of the body, mind, and spirit.  It works regardless of a person’s religious beliefs.  It even works whether or not you are skeptical about the efficacy of Reiki!

Reiki and Weight Loss

As you now know, Reiki is a form of energy work.  Since its purpose is to balance the energy flow in and around the body, it may aid in weight loss.  It can help stabilize your appetite and make you more aware of your body’s nutritional needs.  It can help you make healthier, more mindful choices, and also remove unhealthy cravings.  Reiki can help you feel better about yourself, which in turn helps you let go of weight that you have used to create a barrier, or “shield,” to protect yourself. To lose weight, you will still have to adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle, but Reiki can be a wonderful support for you while you make natural, healthy changes in your relationship with food and taking care of your body.

What can you expect during a Reiki session?

A Reiki session is an individualized experience that is relaxing, gentle, and safe for all.  When you meet with your practitioner for the first time, you will be asked to read and acknowledge that you understand that your practitioner upholds the highest ethics, and also that your personal information remains confidential. The practitioner will begin by explaining Reiki to you and what she or he will be doing.  Your safety and comfort are always the main consideration.  If at any time during the session you have any concerns, you should let your practitioner know so that appropriate adjustments can be made.

You should wear loose comfortable clothing, limited jewelry, and shoes that are easily removable to your session.  Treatments are done on a padded treatment table, fully clothed.  Depending on your preference, the Reiki practitioner will place her hands above your body, or lightly touching you. This is never intrusive and you will begin to feel very relaxed as you allow the energy to flow to the areas where it is most needed by your body.  It is at this stage that people usually begin to feel the stress lifting.  Reiki always works by meeting the needs of your body, mind, and spirit at the time of the treatment.

If you are having problems in specific areas, your practitioner can concentrate more energy there.  Reiki always goes where it is needed most. For many people, the effects of the treatment are immediate, while others may not notice anything for a few days. Many clients report that they feel calm, relaxed, and sometimes even tingly during their session. It is not uncommon for a client to present with pain and leave with none or very little. Reiki does not promise to cure any illness or condition or replace any medical treatments or therapies.

The 5 Reiki Principles

The five principles were written by the founder of Reiki, Dr.Mikao Usui.


Just for today:

I will not worry,

I will not anger,

I will do my work honestly,

I will be kind to every living thing,

I will give thanks for my many blessings.

Living by the five Reiki principles each day will bring happiness and many positive things into your life.