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About Reiki

About Reiki

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese word that roughly translates to “universal energy” (“rei” meaning “spiritual” or “universal” and “ki” meaning “energy”). The word Reiki is used to describe a hands on (or distance energy channeling) balancing technique for stress reduction. Reiki supports the body’s natural balancing process. Since it increases the relaxation response, Reiki helps alleviate many physical and emotional issues, allowing the body to reset (facilitating the healing process).

Numerous variations (or schools) of Reiki have been developed and are currently practiced, but they all – in more or less degree – can be traced back to the teachings of Mikao Usui in Japan during the early 20th century. Usui’s teachings also included meditative techniques and other practices, but later students ended up focusing and developing the energy channeling practice, placing less emphasis on the meditative techniques.

Many other cultures and practices recognize the presence of energy in some way, such as chi (Chinese), prana (Hindu), manu (shamanic Hawaiian), rauch (Hebrew), and so forth. They also recognize that it affects our behavior, even though we might not be able to see it or understand the process in a scientific way.

Reiki is based on the idea that there is a universal (or source) energy that supports the body. Reiki practitioners seek to access this energy, and channel it to the recipient, allowing it to flow to the body and facilitating the body’s innate healing process.

Reiki is a Japanese word that roughly translates to “universal energy” (“rei” meaning “spiritual” or “universal” and “ki” meaning “energy”). The word Reiki is used to describe a hands on (or distance energy channeling) balancing technique for stress reduction. Reiki supports the body’s natural balancing process. Since it increases the relaxation response, Reiki helps alleviate many physical and emotional issues, allowing the body to reset (facilitating the healing process).

Numerous variations (or schools) of Reiki have been developed and are currently practiced, but they all – in more or less degree – can be traced back to the teachings of Mikao Usui in Japan during the early 20th century. Usui’s teachings also included meditative techniques and other practices, but later students ended up focusing and developing the energy channeling practice, placing less emphasis on the meditative techniques.

Many other cultures and practices recognize the presence of energy in some way, such as chi (Chinese), prana (Hindu), manu (shamanic Hawaiian), rauch (Hebrew), and so forth. They also recognize that it affects our behavior, even though we might not be able to see it or understand the process in a scientific way.

Reiki is based on the idea that there is a universal (or source) energy that supports the body. Reiki practitioners seek to access this energy, and channel it to the recipient, allowing it to flow to the body and facilitating the body’s innate healing process.

Reiki is a Japanese word that roughly translates to “universal energy” (“rei” meaning “spiritual” or “universal” and “ki” meaning “energy”). The word Reiki is used to describe a hands on (or distance energy channeling) balancing technique for stress reduction. Reiki supports the body’s natural balancing process. Since it increases the relaxation response, Reiki helps alleviate many physical and emotional issues, allowing the body to reset (facilitating the healing process).

Numerous variations (or schools) of Reiki have been developed and are currently practiced, but they all – in more or less degree – can be traced back to the teachings of Mikao Usui in Japan during the early 20th century. Usui’s teachings also included meditative techniques and other practices, but later students ended up focusing and developing the energy channeling practice, placing less emphasis on the meditative techniques.

Many other cultures and practices recognize the presence of energy in some way, such as chi (Chinese), prana (Hindu), manu (shamanic Hawaiian), rauch (Hebrew), and so forth. They also recognize that it affects our behavior, even though we might not be able to see it or understand the process in a scientific way.

Reiki is based on the idea that there is a universal (or source) energy that supports the body. Reiki practitioners seek to access this energy, and channel it to the recipient, allowing it to flow to the body and facilitating the body’s innate healing process.

Now that I’ve explained everything to you, let me tell you this: because Reiki is universal energy, of course you could access it yourself (I know, terrible salesperson, right?). The thing is: it takes study and practice, plus being present in the moment. Most people don’t have the time or stillness or patient to do that, especially if they find themselves in the midst of some turmoil. Reiki practitioners are trained and attuned to be an optimal channel, allowing us to deliver a huge flow of energy to you – always the right amount in the right places

My goal is always to help my clients to find their connections to the source and over time use less and less of my services . However – even being a Reiki Master – I still hire other Reiki practitioners to do Reiki for me on a regular basis – because it’s so relaxing to effortlessly receive and also because sometimes we can be trapped in our rational mind and it’s always good to have a second heart to scan us and tell us what they can feel. It’s a treat for myself as I invest most of my time taking care of others to also have someone taking care of me. It’s a surrender exercise.

Now that I’ve explained everything to you, let me tell you this: because Reiki is universal energy, of course you could access it yourself (I know, terrible salesperson, right?). The thing is: it takes study and practice, plus being present in the moment. Most people don’t have the time or stillness or patient to do that, especially if they find themselves in the midst of some turmoil. Reiki practitioners are trained and attuned to be an optimal channel, allowing us to deliver a huge flow of energy to you – always the right amount in the right places

My goal is always to help my clients to find their connections to the source and over time use less and less of my services . However – even being a Reiki Master – I still hire other Reiki practitioners to do Reiki for me on a regular basis – because it’s so relaxing to effortlessly receive and also because sometimes we can be trapped in our rational mind and it’s always good to have a second heart to scan us and tell us what they can feel. It’s a treat for myself as I invest most of my time taking care of others to also have someone taking care of me. It’s a surrender exercise.

Now that I’ve explained everything to you, let me tell you this: because Reiki is universal energy, of course you could access it yourself (I know, terrible salesperson, right?). The thing is: it takes study and practice, plus being present in the moment. Most people don’t have the time or stillness or patient to do that, especially if they find themselves in the midst of some turmoil. Reiki practitioners are trained and attuned to be an optimal channel, allowing us to deliver a huge flow of energy to you – always the right amount in the right places

My goal is always to help my clients to find their connections to the source and over time use less and less of my services . However – even being a Reiki Master – I still hire other Reiki practitioners to do Reiki for me on a regular basis – because it’s so relaxing to effortlessly receive and also because sometimes we can be trapped in our rational mind and it’s always good to have a second heart to scan us and tell us what they can feel. It’s a treat for myself as I invest most of my time taking care of others to also have someone taking care of me. It’s a surrender exercise.

“It can be difficult to describe what Reiki is to someone who has not come into contact with it, but it may be helpful to think about how you would describe the wind to someone who has never experienced it. You cannot actually see the wind; you feel and see its effects. You feel its warmth or coolness against your skin when a breeze is gentle, and you see its strength when trees and homes are leveled during hurricanes. Wind musses your hair, sweeps and scatters leaves about, waves flags, and so on. It is a force you feel outside of your body. In contrast, Reiki can be compared to an internal wind: its life source ebbs and flows within your body.”

Excerpt From: Adams Media. “The Healing Power of Reiki.” Tweet

“It can be difficult to describe what Reiki is to someone who has not come into contact with it, but it may be helpful to think about how you would describe the wind to someone who has never experienced it. You cannot actually see the wind; you feel and see its effects. You feel its warmth or coolness against your skin when a breeze is gentle, and you see its strength when trees and homes are leveled during hurricanes. Wind musses your hair, sweeps and scatters leaves about, waves flags, and so on. It is a force you feel outside of your body. In contrast, Reiki can be compared to an internal wind: its life source ebbs and flows within your body.”

Excerpt From: Adams Media. “The Healing Power of Reiki.” Tweet

Reiki benefits

Allopathic health care in general seeks to alleviate symptoms through scientifically documented methods and we must be grateful for that! Can you imagine a life without antibiotics?

Complementary health care such as Reiki is devoted to holistic well being – meaning body, mind, emotion and spirit. Because of this effect on the whole body, it influences – in a more subtle level – multiple systems simultaneously: nervous system, circulatory system, hormones, etc. and that is one of the reasons why it’s so hard to do research on Reiki.

Other factors that make that difficult to measure the results of all energy treatments are: lack of funding opportunities, lack of adequate equipment to measure subtle energies and not setting up the adequate methodology (we need researchers that are willing to hold hand with practitioners) – the study need to be blinded, have a control group, a placebo group and enough patients to be statically relevant.

The scientific evidence is still insufficient, however, being a hard task has not discouraged many scientists and practitioners, including Ann Baldwin, that wrote a really instructive book about this process and how we have papers being increasingly published. I quote her evaluation of the papers:

Reiki benefits

Allopathic health care in general seeks to alleviate symptoms through scientifically documented methods and we must be grateful for that! Can you imagine a life without antibiotics?

Complementary health care such as Reiki is devoted to holistic well being – meaning body, mind, emotion and spirit. Because of this effect on the whole body, it influences – in a more subtle level – multiple systems simultaneously: nervous system, circulatory system, hormones, etc. and that is one of the reasons why it’s so hard to do research on Reiki.

Other factors that make that difficult to measure the results of all energy treatments are: lack of funding opportunities, lack of adequate equipment to measure subtle energies and not setting up the adequate methodology (we need researchers that are willing to hold hand with practitioners) – the study need to be blinded, have a control group, a placebo group and enough patients to be statically relevant.

The scientific evidence is still insufficient, however, being a hard task has not discouraged many scientists and practitioners, including Ann Baldwin, that wrote a really instructive book about this process and how we have papers being increasingly published. I quote her evaluation of the papers:

“The most rigorous data suggest reiki’s positive effect in four areas: Acute and chronic pain; Pain and well-being during cancer treatment; Stress, anxiety and depression; Practitioner well-being”

Excerpt From: Ann Baldwin. Reiki in Clinical Practice: A science-based guide. Tweet

How much Reiki do I need?

One question that I get a lot is how frequently do you need to do Reiki in order to have lasting results. Is it like an every day like meditation? It has a cumulative effect?

I’d like to divide this answer in two:

  • How much Reiki is necessary to see some results? 

I’ll quote a book on that: 

One question that I get a lot is how frequently do you need to do Reiki in order to have lasting results. Is it like an every day like meditation? It has a cumulative effect?

I’d like to divide this answer in two:

  • How much Reiki is necessary to see some results? 

I’ll quote a book on that: 

One question that I get a lot is how frequently do you need to do Reiki in order to have lasting results. Is it like an every day like meditation? It has a cumulative effect?

I’d like to divide this answer in two:

  • How much Reiki is necessary to see some results? 

I’ll quote a book on that: 

"Reiki is an integrative therapy that treats the whole person, mind and body. Usually, between one and four 30-60 minute sessions are sufficient to reduce fear and anxiety, ease chronic and acute pain, relieve side effects of chemotherapy, help cancer (and hospice) patients come to terms with their diagnosis, improving challenging relationships, speed up recovery after surgery and reduce length of hospital stay post-surgery. In addition, Reiki puts the patient in a calm state so that other medicines and treatments can work more efficiently"

Excerpt From: Ann Baldwin. Reiki in Clinical Practice: A science-based guide. Tweet
  • How much do you need to have lasting results?

Well, this answer will depend on the receiver: is he doing other practices to keep his Energy in balance? Is he being able to avoid new negative situations and thought? 

Me personal perception from experience is that the Reiki – either as a practitioner or as a receiver is always a gateway for change. A good first step to a more continuous change process and that can always support you along the way.

  • How much do you need to have lasting results?

Well, this answer will depend on the receiver: is he doing other practices to keep his Energy in balance? Is he being able to avoid new negative situations and thought? 

Me personal perception from experience is that the Reiki – either as a practitioner or as a receiver is always a gateway for change. A good first step to a more continuous change process and that can always support you along the way.

What about Distance Reiki?

Distant Reiki works the same as in person. You can go to our Reiki 1:1 page to see some testimonials, but here are some book quotes for you as well:

What about Distance Reiki?

Distant Reiki works the same as in person. You can go to our Reiki 1:1 page to see some testimonials, but here are some book quotes for you as well:

Reiki healing can be shared long-distance. It might be hard to wrap your brain around that thought, but yes, indeed, distance healing is a thing. Quantum physics discusses the concept of nonlocality and what Einstein has termed “spooky action at a distance,” and somewhere around these terms may be the key to how distance healing works. In a blog piece for The Huffington Post, Deepak Chopra explains: “Quantum entanglement is another term for the principle we want to understand in this post, quantum nonlocality, by which tiny objects initially interact, then move any distance apart and still impact one another.”

Excerpt From: Valerie Oula. “Little Bit of Reiki: An Introduction to Energy Medicine.” Tweet

“In using Reiki, my current understanding over the years is that Reiki is absolutely capable of being where it needs to be because it’s already there—it’s universal. There is no such thing as traveling for Reiki, because it is here—and there.”

Excerpt From: Melissa Tipton. “Living Reiki.” Tweet

“Every Reiki treatment is proof that we are connecting with a person on a deeper level, even if we keep our hands away from them. A particularly spectacular result of this ‘applied oneness’ is the ability to send Reiki over vast distances

Excerpt From: Torsten Lange. “Reiki Made Easy.” Tweet

Curious and want to learn more? Check out these helpful resources on the topic.

Book:

Reiki in Clinical Practice: A science-based guide

Recent articles:

Reiki in the relief of chemotherapy-related biopsychoemotional signs and symptoms – 2019 – “Conclusions: the studies presented evidence that Reiki can exert beneficial effects in the relief of the side effects of chemotherapy, contributing with yet another tool to relieve the effects of the chemotherapy.”

The effect of reiki on pain: A meta-analysis – 2018 – “Conclusion: Consequently, this meta-analysis revealed that Reiki was an effective approach in relieving the pain”

Effects of Reiki on Pain, Anxiety, and Blood Pressure in Patients Undergoing Knee Replacement: A Pilot Study. – 2017 – “This blinded, controlled pilot study investigated the effects of Reiki on 46 patients undergoing knee replacement surgery. Of the 3 groups, Reiki, Sham Reiki, and Standard of Care, only the Reiki group showed significant reductions in pain, blood pressure, respiration rate, and state anxiety, which provides evidence for a full-scale clinical study.”

Effectiveness of implementing the reiki method to reduce the weaning failure. A clinical trial – 2016 – “CONCLUSIONS: Reiki reduces the agitation of patients. A decrease was objectively observed in the number of days of Mechanical Ventilation, length of stay, lower doses of sedatives, and a slight decrease in the weaning failure in the GI. No statistically significant difference was found in the main variable.”

Effect of Therapeutic Touch in Patients with Cancer: a Literature Review. – 2016 – “CONCLUSION: Based on the results of this study, an affirmation can be made regarding the use of TT, as a non-invasive intervention for improving the health status in patients with cancer. Moreover, therapeutic touch was proved to be a useful strategy for adult patients with cancer.”

Links:

https://www.clinicaltrials.gov  – type“Reiki” in the search box and have access to past studies

https://iarp.org/

https://www.reiki.org

Book:

Reiki in Clinical Practice: A science-based guide

Recent articles:

Reiki in the relief of chemotherapy-related biopsychoemotional signs and symptoms – 2019 – “Conclusions: the studies presented evidence that Reiki can exert beneficial effects in the relief of the side effects of chemotherapy, contributing with yet another tool to relieve the effects of the chemotherapy.”

The effect of reiki on pain: A meta-analysis – 2018 – “Conclusion: Consequently, this meta-analysis revealed that Reiki was an effective approach in relieving the pain”

Effects of Reiki on Pain, Anxiety, and Blood Pressure in Patients Undergoing Knee Replacement: A Pilot Study. – 2017 – “This blinded, controlled pilot study investigated the effects of Reiki on 46 patients undergoing knee replacement surgery. Of the 3 groups, Reiki, Sham Reiki, and Standard of Care, only the Reiki group showed significant reductions in pain, blood pressure, respiration rate, and state anxiety, which provides evidence for a full-scale clinical study.”

Effectiveness of implementing the reiki method to reduce the weaning failure. A clinical trial – 2016 – “CONCLUSIONS: Reiki reduces the agitation of patients. A decrease was objectively observed in the number of days of Mechanical Ventilation, length of stay, lower doses of sedatives, and a slight decrease in the weaning failure in the GI. No statistically significant difference was found in the main variable.”

Effect of Therapeutic Touch in Patients with Cancer: a Literature Review. – 2016 – “CONCLUSION: Based on the results of this study, an affirmation can be made regarding the use of TT, as a non-invasive intervention for improving the health status in patients with cancer. Moreover, therapeutic touch was proved to be a useful strategy for adult patients with cancer.”

Links:

https://www.clinicaltrials.gov  – type“Reiki” in the search box and have access to past studies

https://iarp.org/

https://www.reiki.org

Still Have Questions?

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Still Have Questions?

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DISCLAIMER: Reiki is not an alternative to, but is a  complementary support of traditional medical care. The content of this site or any service provided here is not intended as medical advice or as a replacement to traditional medical care. It’s strongly recommended that consult your  doctor  prior to starting any new therapy and to discuss your health challenges. Reiki treatments should not be received while using machinery or driving. Since everyone’s energy is different, results may vary and are not guaranteed.

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