What is Reiki?

As I write this introduction to Reiki, pronounced ray-kee, I’m exactly one week in since I received my first degree in Reiki training.  A lot of you are asking questions that hopefully I will answer here, if not, please ask me.

Whilst on the subject, I need to practice daily on myself and I need to practice on others.  Please contact me if you would like to book a session.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a universal healing energy that is administered by the hands, either via touch or holding the hands near the body to allow the flow of healing energy. 

It synchronises and energises vital meridian points while aligning and balancing the major chakras.  The practitioner who delivers Reiki is a channel for connecting with the universal life force energy to flow through to the receiver.  

What are the benefits of Reiki?

The main benefits of Reiki are as follows: –

  • Releases stress that if allowed to remain can lead to illness
  • An effective way to create a high level of well-being by balancing the mind and emotions
  • Heals body, mind and spirit
  • Develops positive attitude
  • Expands creativity
  • Enhances personal growth
  • Increases energy
  • Balances energy and chakras
  • Very calming and relaxing
  • Reiki can help to relieve pain and insomnia
  • Reiki can speed up recovery from surgery or long term illness

What does Reiki feel like?

We are all different and therefore people will experience different sensations or emotions.  It all depends on what the individual requires at the time of the session.  The most common reported sensations are: –

  • A deep relaxation
  • Feel sensations of heat
  • Sensations of tingling
  • Seeing colours
  • Feeling emotional, which is OK as this means harmony is being restored

What happens during a Reiki session?

  • A session can last from 30 to 90 minutes
  • You can have Reiki stood up, sat down or on a massage bed
  • You remain full clothed
  • A relaxing, calming, soothing and balancing environment will be created
  • Some practitioners may use crystals (I do!)

Are their any side effects from Reiki?

None.  A receiver may feel dizzy or emotional during or after a treatment and it is the release of toxins from the body.  It’s the same as receiving a massage and you should drink plenty of water afterwards and not drive straight away.

Due to the flow of healing energy, you must not be under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs

Can Reiki be used instead of medical treatment?


A Reiki practioner will never diagnose an illness and Reiki does not replace a doctor or regular treatment.  It can be delivered along side treatments to aid physical and psychological healing.

Is Reiki a religion?


Reiki is spiritual in nature and is not a religion although it’s important that the practitioner lives and acts in a way that promotes harmony.

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