What is Reiki?


The word “Reiki” comes from the Japanese ideograms “Rei” (spiritual wisdom) and “Ki” (life force). The meaning of this word is spiritually directed life force energy.

“Ki”, also known as Chi or Qi in Chinese or Prana in Sanskrit, is life energy and is present everywhere. It surrounds and flows within all life, keeping living things alive and healthy. When Ki becomes deficient in a person, which can happen as a result of stress or trauma, he or she becomes susceptible to illness.

Centuries-old and well-established methods of health care around the world are based on the cultivation and balancing of Ki. It is a central part of Chinese medicine, including acupuncture. Chi is also practiced in the martial arts, such as Tai Chi, and in many meditative practices, like Pranayama. It is used as a path to enlightenment.

In a Reiki session, the therapist channels Reiki through her body and hands to the person receiving the treatment. Reiki is energy and can be transmitted across any distance. It is effectively sent remotely via distance healing. As Reiki circulates, the recipient often experiences a release of pain and tension. This restores balance and stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal itself. 

Reiki safely treats the whole person, body, mind, emotion and spirit. People describe it as peaceful, relaxing, nurturing and energizing. Some say that if feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that surrounds and fills them. It provides many benefits, such as reducing pain and anxiety, accelerating recovery from diseases and injuries, clearing the body of toxins, overcoming addictions, assisting in healthy grieving, bringing balance between mind & body, and promoting overall well being. Many experience profound physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing during and after a session.

A research study at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, found that Reiki improved patient sleep by 86%, reduced pain by 78%, reduced nausea by 80%, and reduced anxiety during pregnancy by 94%. Additionally, nurses report that Reiki helps patients heal faster with less pain, reduces stress and improves mental attitude, improves appetite and reduces negative side effects of chemotherapy, radiation and other medical procedures.

Reiki enhances all forms of health care and so is often used in combination with them. There are no known contraindications. Because of the restorative and rejuvenating effects of Reiki, it helps to heal every type of physical, emotional and mental condition, including arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, migraine, gastrointestinal disorders, cardiac problems, cancer, brain trauma, cognitive impairment, anxiety, depression and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).