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What is Reiki?

An Ancient Science

A treatment that uses hands to deliver energy to your body, improving the flow and balance of energy to support healing.  Reiki leaves patients feeling relaxed and renewed. Reiki is an energy healing technique that promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety.

Reiki aims to help the flow of energy and remove blocks in a similar way to acupuncture or acupressure. 

Mikao Usui developed Usui Reiki Ryoho, the most current form of Reiki, in 1922. However, people have practiced Reiki for about 2,500 years.

Usui developed reiki, deriving the term from the Japanese words rei, meaning “universal,” and ki (pronounced chi), which refers to the vital life force energy that flows through all living things. This is the same energy involved in tai chi exercise. Now, reiki is used all over the world, including in hospitals and hospices, to complement other forms of health treatments.

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:

  • Peace.

  • Relaxation.

  • Security.

  • Wellness.

Conditions that people have used Reiki to help treat include:

  • cancer

  • heart disease

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • chronic pain

  • infertility

  • neurodegenerative disorders

  • autism

  • Crohn’s disease

  • fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Stress


It is important to note that Reiki should never take the place of medical treatments.

However, people living with certain health conditions may be interested in trying Reiki alongside their regular treatment. For instance, some people with cancer may find Reiki beneficial as it may help them relax. The gentle nature of Reiki therapy may have a soothing effect on patients who find that they become overwhelmed with invasive therapy, fear, and stress.

Individuals report different experiences. Some say that the practitioner’s hands become hot, others report cooling hands, and some feel pulsating waves. The most common reports are of a release of stress and deep relaxation.

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.

Some facts about Reiki:

  • Reiki works with chakras and meridians

  • Reiki is source, infinite love

  • Reiki can be done in person or at a distance

  • Reiki can be used on plants, animals, people, situations, and goals

  • Reiki can be done on a group of people

  • There are many different forms of Reiki, different modalities, and alternative names for Reiki

  • Reiki is not massage and isn't always done hands on

  • Reiki is not association with any religion

Reiki Principles

Just for today...
I will let go of anger
I will let go of worry
I will do my work honestly
I will give thanks for my many blessings
I will be kind to every living thing

Image by Vino Li
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