What is Reiki? (Frequently Asked Questions)

Here are some answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions about Reiki.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is an ancient form of holistic healing, often considered to have been used by Jesus and the Buddha, which was rediscovered by a man named Dr. Mikao Usui. Reiki is a combination of the Japanese words Rei (meaning “Universal” or “God’s Wisdom”), and Ki (meaning “Life Force Energy”).

Reiki is simple, natural and safe for humans (and animals!) of any age.  It is a wonderful complement to other medical/therapeutic treatments to assist with side effects and promote in recovery.

How does Reiki work?

The Reiki practitioner works as a channel for the Universal Life Force Energy, focusing on specific chakras or areas of the body in order to promote healing. The practitioner does not heal you; rather, your body uses the amplified energy in order to heal itself.

Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind, and spirit. Recipients claim many benefits, including relaxation, peace, improved sleep, and general wellbeing.

What are the main components of Reiki?

  • Reiki Principles (daily meditations to release the ego)

  • Attunement (“tuning in” the practitioner so that they have the ability to channel the energy)

  • Techniques (to increase the energy flow)

  • Hands-on Healing (placement of the hands during a Reiki session)

  • Symbols/Mantras (to establish a connection with the Reiki energy)

What are the 5 Principles of Reiki?

  • Just for today, I will not worry.

  • Just for today, I will not be angry.

  • Just for today, I will be grateful.

  • Just for today, I will do my work honestly.

  • Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.

Is Reiki a religion?

Reiki is spiritual in nature, but it is NOT a religion. Practitioners and recipients come from many backgrounds and hold many different beliefs.

Why would someone seek a Reiki treatment?

Reiki has been known to help with many conditions, including:

  • Pain

  • Stress

  • Weakened immune system

  • Negative thoughts/feelings

  • Anger

  • Depression

  • Insomnia

  • and much more!

What is a Reiki treatment like?

For a Reiki treatment, the recipient will sit or lie down, fully clothed. The practitioner will place their hands over or on you in a series of positions in order to channel the energy to specific chakras or areas of the body.  Typical treatments last anywhere from 30-90 minutes.

Treatments often feel like a wonderful glowing radiance, moving through and around you. Reiki energy encourages the recipient to release tension and anxiety, and to find a sense of peace.  (If you are uncomfortable being touched, or unable to be present for a session, long-distance Reiki is also an option.)

For best results, at least 3 sessions are recommended.