What is Reiki?


Have you ever walked into a room and felt like something was off? Maybe you have met someone and felt they had a good or bad vibe before they even spoke? A Certified Reiki practitioner is trained or attuned to recognize these feelings. Attunement helps them refine their intuitive gifts to become a vessel that allows them to heal others. Reiki is an ancient healing art and around 100 years ago Dr. Mikao Usui founded the Reiki System so it would be easier to teach others.  The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words- Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “Life Force Energy”.1 The Life Force Energy is the fundamental energy in all living things. No one can govern Ki except God/Goddess, Source, or Universal Consciousness, and it is not a religion. The Reiki practitioner allows Ki to flow through them from their energy field (electromagnetic field) to the client being healed. This can be described as the interaction of one soul with another. 

In a healing session, the client will lie on a treatment table fully clothed or covered unless another holistic therapy is being incorporated such as Acupuncture or massage. The Reiki practitioner will place their hands on the client or just above them to pass the healing energy on to them from head to toe. The practitioner will spend more time on a specific area of the client’s body if a certain concern needs to be addressed. The intention for each client is to guide the mind, body, spirit, soul, and ego into a more tranquil and harmonious state. Hospitals around the U.S. such as The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Mayo Clinic have incorporated Reiki into their integrative medicine programs to provide their patients a more holistic approach to healing.2,3 Reiki treatment can be performed for anyone at any age. Practitioners of Reiki do not diagnose or claim to cure diseases, and it is always recommended that clients see a medical physician to be diagnosed. 


  1. “What Is Reiki?” Reiki Energy-What Is It?-How Does It Heal?, www.reiki.org/faq/whatisreiki.html.

  2. “Reiki and USA’s Top 3 Cancer Hospitals”, https://www.humanfrequencies.com/reiki-usa-top-cancer-hospitals/

  3. “ Reiki Really Works: A Groundbreaking Scientific Study”, https://www.uclahealth.org/rehab/workfiles/Urban%20Zen/Research%20Articles/Reiki_Really_Works-A_groundbreaking_Scientific_Study.pdf