Understanding How Reiki Works


Reiki is a new age type of alternative healing, but it isn’t new. This is a form of energy healing that has been around since ancient times. Reiki is known to balance energy and to bring healing to the qi or ki.

Understanding Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese word that means vital life force energy. This is the energy that flows through living things. All living things have energy and Reiki is a way to balance the energy without needles or other tools.

Reiki is an alternative medicine where the practitioner will put their hands above the part of the body that is unbalanced, and the energy of their own body will heal the energies that are blocked.

Energy blocks stop the flow of energy from happening and it can cause negativity in the body and can cause there to be health problems. Not only that, having negative energy flow can affect your finances and your relationships. All energy blocks can be healed through Reiki and the practitioner focuses on where the energy is blocked and opens it for the client.

History of Reiki

There are over 30 different kinds of Reiki but most of it is called Usui. This has been taught in Japan since the 1900’s and was formed by Dr. Makao Usui. This kind of Reiki became more popular in the 1930’s and was a way to heal the mind and the body. It was also used to heal physical conditions of the lungs, the nervous system and more. The healings that have been done have caused people to want to know more about Reiki.

There are over 22 training students that are taught by Takata, which was a Reiki that was established by a Reiki master in California.

What Happens During Reiki

Reiki is something that can be done in one session. The sessions can be short or long. There is no massage unless the practitioner does this kind of therapy as well. During the Reiki session, the practitioner will do remote healing.

The practitioner and the client will be in the same room and the client will lay upward with their clothes on. They will talk about what they are feeling and then they will talk about the healing process. The session can start with meditation and there will be hand movements that go over the clients body, usually not touching them. Sometimes the client will need to lay face down.

The practitioner will do what is best for the client and they will visualize the client being healed. They will set positive intentions for what is good for the client. Reiki will do the healing that is needed.

Most of the sessions will last around 30 minutes to an hour. This will be a good amount of time to spend talking and finding what kind of blockages are there.


Most Reiki involves relaxation which can help the body to heal. When patients are put into session of Reiki, they are shown how to relax and they will even be listening to relaxing music to help them. This will calm the nervous system and help them to regulate their breathing and their blood pressure.

People that have had a heart attack in the past might want to try Reiki because it can teach them how to control their heart rate and to use relaxation as a benefit to their entire body.

Sleeping and Mood

Reiki can help to regulate and boost sleeping and the mood. Getting Reiki can lessen depression and stress and can get rid of pain. Reiki can also help people that have a hard time sleeping. Those that get Reiki a couple times each week will have a significant change in their depression and in their sleeping habits.

Physical Pain

Reiki has helped to get rid of pain after surgery. This can be pain in the shoulders, the knee and more. This can improve the quality of life for patients that have experienced a lot of pain. People with rheumatoid arthritis or those that have cancer treatments can also benefit from this.

Research has even shown that those that get reiki will have a better life and they will have less pain than those who don’t get it.

Side Effects of Reiki

There are no side effects of getting Reiki. This is because the treatment is non-invasive and the client doesn’t even feel anything sometimes during and even after the session. Some will report having more energy or feeling heat. This can help with emotions though and can help the client to learn to relax better.

Reiki practitioners don’t have to take licensing or boards but there is a code of ethics that they follow. You can reach Reiki master which is the highest Reiki training that you can get. It is important to connect with someone that you trust when doing Reiki.

One risk of Reiki is that it is not something that should replace medicine or medical help. This should just be used as a therapy and is not a substitute for real doctors or surgery that is needed. Also, it is important to note that Reiki is a spiritual practice just like yoga and if you aren’t wanting to be put into a spiritual situation then this isn’t a good idea for you.

Reiki Studies

Some believe that Reiki can help with different things including pain, stress, depression and more. Research doesn’t show that this is true, but people will say that it has helped them.

Some believe that there are statistics that show that Reiki can help people in their mind, body and emotions. Studies have shown that there is no real known basis that Reiki can benefit people that need healing or that need to be free of pain.

Reiki practitioners will warn you that this isn’t something that should be used to cure your sickness or disease. They suggest that you use it in lieu of going to the doctor or getting the treatment that you need.

Cost of Getting Reiki

Reiki can go from $80 to $175 dollars. This can be an hour session. You can find Reiki practitioners around you by looking up the Reiki Alliance or the International Reiki Association or the International Association of Reiki Practitioners. They offer a tool to help you find people close to your area.