Understanding Reiki

21 July 2021
 Categories: Health & Medical , Blog


Reiki is a type of alternative healing therapy. Often called "energy healing," the therapeutic practice began centuries ago in Japan. It is based on the belief that a practitioner's hands can transfer energy from the universe to the body of a patient.

Here is some additional information about Reiki to help you better understand it.

What Does the Word "Reiki" mean?

The root words that form the word "Reiki" are of Japanese origin and mean "universal" and "life energy."

What Are the Benefits of Reiki?

Practitioners believe that the energy of the body can become stagnant, especially where the body has incurred physical or emotional injury. Additionally, they believe that over time, the energy stagnation can cause the patient to become ill.

Reiki is performed to help the energy move as it should, eliminating the stagnation. The improvement in the energy flow is said to aid in relaxation, accelerate healing, reduce discomforts, and improve the overall health of the patient.

 How Is Reiki Performed?

Practitioners usually perform Reiki in a peaceful environment. The patient can lie down or sit comfortably. If the patient prefers, music can be played during the session.

The Reiki practitioner holds their hands over various areas of the patient's body while producing certain hand shapes. As the practitioner's hands glide lightly across the body, an energy transfer is believed to take place. The practitioner can recognize the transfer by the sensation that they experience in their hands. They continue with a hand position until they sense that the flow of energy has stopped.

The Reiki practitioner may feel warmth or a tingling sensation in their hands as they perform Reiki.

How Long Does a Reiki Session Last?

A typical Reiki session may be as brief as 15 minutes, or it can continue for over an hour.

Do Reiki Practitioners Use Instruments During Reiki Sessions?

Some Reiki practitioners only use their hands. However, others may also use special instruments, such as crystals and healing wands. They believe that these devices can help healing happen more easily. They may also employ these instruments to aid in producing energy vibrations.

Do Hospitals Offer Reiki?

There are hospitals in Europe and the United States that offer Reiki.

What Conditions Can Be Treated Using Reiki?

Reiki practitioners may treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • General anxiety
  • Heart disease
  • Chronic depression
  • Pain disorders
  • Cancer
  • Crohn's disease
  • Infertility

Patients who experience a Reiki session often state that they feel less discomfort at the end of the therapy.

To schedule a Reiki session, contact a practitioner in your area.