Reiki – What is it?

What is Reiki?
Reiki is a safe, gentle non-invasive form of energy based healing. Hands are placed just above the body.
Reiki promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety through gentle touch. Reiki practitioners use their
hands to deliver energy to your body, improving the flow and balance of your energy to support healing.

Mikao Usui developed reiki in the early 1900s, deriving the term from the Japanese words rei, meaning
“universal,” and ki, which refers to the vital life force energy that flows through all living things. Now,
reiki is used all over the world, including in hospitals and hospices, to complement other forms of health

“Reiki aids in healing by helping people become energetically balanced — physically, emotionally,
mentally and spiritually,” Bodner says.


The Health Benefits of Reiki:
Reiki promotes relaxation, stress reduction and symptom relief to improve overall health and well-being.
It can:

Bring on a meditative state.
Foster tissue and bone healing after injury or surgery.
Stimulate your body’s immune system.
Promote natural self-healing.
Relieve pain and tension.
Support the well-being of people receiving traditional medical treatments such as chemotherapy,
radiation, surgery and kidney dialysis.
Studies show that reiki treatment may create feelings of:



Can reiki replace traditional treatments?
No. Reiki treatment should not be used as a substitute for the consultation of a physician or a

“Reiki complements other types of medical and therapeutic treatments, and it can increase the efficacy
of other types of healing,” Bodner says.

If you’re already in good health, though, regular reiki treatments can enhance your ability to respond to
stress and serve as a form of preventive medicine.


What conditions does reiki treat?
“Because it works on the entire self – mind, body and emotions – and because it is universal life force
energy, reiki may be successful in all types of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing,” Bodner


What happens during a reiki session?
During a session, you’ll lie on a massage table fully clothed, as your reiki practitioner gently places their
hands, palms down, on or just above your body(client preference) in specific energy locations. They
use a series of 12 to 15 different hand positions.


What does reiki feel like?
“You may experience the energy in the form of sensations like heat, tingling or pulsing where the Reiki
practitioner has placed their hands,” Bodner says. “Sometimes, people feel sensations moving
throughout the body, while other people do not perceive any change at all.”

Most people feel very relaxed and peaceful during reiki treatment, and many fall asleep during the


(Credit: V. Bodner at Cleveland Clinic)

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