Energy Healing: Reiki

"If your inner energy is misdirected, so will your whole life be."
~C. Astrid Weber

ENERGY HEALING (also known as spiritual healing, faith healing, energy medicine, or energy therapy) is a gentle technique that re-balances the energy field (or aura) that surrounds and penetrates the human body, along with realigning the seven major chakras (or energy vortexes) to clear energetic blocks that have or could lead to physical illness and/or disease.

In other words, spiritual healing is the channeling of healing energy from a Higher Source (God) by a healer delivering it via the hands to the client. Nevertheless, energy healing - regardless of the modality - is in no way a substitute for traditional medical care and treatment. Instead, energy healing can easily serve as a supplement to professional medical care and treatment.

What is Reiki?

A well-known method of energy healing is known as Reiki, which is a specific natural healing system that harasses universal healing energy, channeling it through the laying on of hands in hopes of alleviating spiritual, physical, and mental suffering in the recipient. It should be duly noted and understand that Reiki practitioners do not in any way, shape or form serve as licensed medical or mental health professionals - physicians/doctors, nurses, therapists, counselors, or the like; therefore, they do not diagnose, perform medical treatment, make any medical claims, or the like.

Physical & Emotional Benefits:

Easily combined with other modalities and used in conjunction with your current medical regiment as prescribed by your licensed doctor, physician, therapist, etc.

  • Reduces stress, depression, anxiety and other emotional distress
  • Creates inner harmony
  • Enhances creativity
  • Balances or increases energy level
  • Encourages emotional release
  • Unlocks suppressed feelings
  • Eases the grieving process
  • Promotes a peaceful outlook
  • Releases/clears toxin
  • Accelerates the body's ability to self-heal
  • Eases aches and pains of all types
  • Eases discomforts during pregnancy
  • Comforts those in hospice
  • Eases the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy
  • Promotes muscular healings


What Should I Expect?

In energy healing treatments, the Reiki practitioner will transmit Reiki to you through a series of hand positions. As a reminder, the practitioner is not the source of life energy, they are simply a vessel through which it flows. For in-person sessions, a client would lie down face-up fully clothed on an energy healing table while the practitioner proceeds to place his/her hands either on or near the body – one to two inches above – in various positions around the head, shoulders, heart, hands, stomach, and feet. The standard hand positions and timing for each can range from two to five minutes or as deemed necessary by the Reiki practitioner. This approach can also be used remotely for a distant healing session by visualizing the client in an energetic form. Whether near or far, a Reiki treatment can feel like a warm glowing radiance that flows through the body. For many, it is a very relaxing experience and some clients report the body feeling heavy as it relaxes and yet the spirit or emotions feeling light at the same time. Aside from warmth and relaxation, others could feel other sensations, such as tingling, sleepiness, or invigoration, along with heat, cold, or pulsing. Treatments usually release negative feelings or thoughts leaving the client feeling more positive, light-hearted, and with feelings of well-being.

Does Reiki Work for Everyone?

While almost everyone experiences relaxation and improvements of various kinds during a Reiki session, emotional or physical sensations along with healing results cannot be guaranteed. It should be duly noted Reiki should be used in conjunction with medical or psychological care performed by a licensed physician or other licensed healthcare professional. Reiki energy works in harmony with other forms of healing, including prescription drugs, surgery, psychological care and the like. Nevertheless, please don’t be discouraged if you do not feel anything either. This is not necessarily a reflection on you. As healing energy from a Higher Source (God), Reiki will continue to do its subtle work on all levels on your behalf. Please bear in mind that Reiki is about healing on different levels – emotionally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually. A natural part of this process involves facing your shadows (of the past, present, and/or future). If you are one who doesn’t feel anything or has a negative experience, this is also a natural part of the process. Pay attention to your moods and emotions and increase your water intake. Within a few hours (or day), you will begin to experience the positives that Reiki has to offer.  Please know that Reiki is a process not a “one-time fix” and therefore multiple sessions to help deal with various issues on all levels of one’s life. Between you and your practitioner, you’ll sense when the work is done and no more Reiki sessions are needed at that time.

Reiki Research:

For more information on Reiki, please explore the following resources:

  • Reiki: In Depth (Web)
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
  • Reiki: An Introduction (PDF)
    National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
  • Reiki Really Works: A Groundbreaking Scientific Study (PDF)
    By via UCLA Rehab
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