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What Is Reiki?

Reiki is a method of stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. The technique
was developed in Japan and is administered by the laying on of hands. It is based on the idea that
all living things have a special energy flowing through them called life energy. When your life
energy is high, you'll feel strong and confident, be more relaxed and centered and less likely to
get sick. When it is low, you'll often feel tired, be more easily affected by stress and less resistant to illness.


Reiki is a Japanese word that comes from two words - Rei and ki. In the Japanese language,
these words can mean different things depending on how they are used and how they are
combined with other words. When they are used together for the practice of healing, the word
Rei means universal spirit, Higher Power or God. The word ki refers to the life energy that flows
through all living things.
Therefore, Reiki means life energy that is guided by God. Some also feel this is just another way of saying Holy Spirit.


A Reiki treatment is a way of increasing your life energy. A practitioner will transmit Reiki to
the client through the hands. The hands are lightly placed on or near the body in various
positions around the head, shoulders, stomach and feet. Sometimes a practitioner will also treat above the body.


A treatment can feel like a warm glowing radiance that flows through the body. 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. A treatment will usually release negative feelings or
thoughts leaving the client feeling more positive, lighthearted and with feelings of well-being.


Healing often takes place and people have reported recovery from minor things like headache,
stomachache, bee stings etc., but also major illnesses have been affected with some people
recovering from heart disease, cancer, leukemia etc. While almost everyone experiences
relaxation and improvements of various kinds, healing results cannot be guaranteed. It is
recommended that if one has an illness or other medical or psychological condition that in
addition to getting Reiki treatments, clients also consult a licensed physician or other licensed
health care professional as Reiki works well in conjunction with all medical or psychological care.


The ability to do Reiki is innate within everyone. By taking a Reiki class, an attunement is given
to the student which is like turning on a switch that in affect turns on ones Reiki energy. After
that, all that is necessary is to place one’s hands on oneself or another person and Reiki healing
energy automatically begins flowing. Because of this, Reiki is very simple to learn and is taught
in a weekend class. (Rand, William. “What Is Reiki?” Reiki, www.reiki.org)

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