What Is Reiki?

What Is Reiki?

What is Reiki? Reiki is a hands-on healing modality that started in Japan. Reiki Practitioners are taught during our training that the translation of the word Reiki is Universal Energy. But what is Universal Energy?  The translation of the word Reiki can bring up more questions!  

To explain Reiki as simply as I can, I'll ask you to think back to when you were little . . . did you ever fall and get a bump or a scrape, a skinned knee or elbow? Were you ever feeling sad or angry that you were excluded from the kick-ball game? How did you feel when your favorite toy was broken or lost?

Those sad, anxious or low feelings all associate with your energy being out of balance.  What made you feel better at that time? It may have been a loving little pat on your back or a rub on your head, or maybe it was a big hug. 

That hug from your mom or dad didn't magically make the injury disappear, but it sure did make you feel better. All that love (insert "energy" here) when you were wrapped up in your parent's arms, or snuggled on their lap made you feel much better. The energy calmed you. It made you relax.  Maybe you even fell asleep in their arms.

That gentle, calm, Universal Energy brought your energy back in to balance. So a simple explanation of Reiki is that Reiki is like a big love-filled hug!

When you have a Reiki session your practitioner shares energy with you through gentle touch. You will lay on a massage table, fully clothed and covered by a soft blanket.  You don't have to do anything but breathe! 

  • Sessions usually last about 60 minutes.
  • Reiki encourages your body to relax so that your mind clears and your spirit is calmed.
  • As the noise and stimulation of the world fade away, you will probably feel less stressed and more grounded.
  • You may notice your blood pressure drop as you deeply relax.
  • You may fall asleep.
  • That state of deep relaxation allows all of the systems in your body to balance.
  • You may gain clarity on an issue you had been wrestling with as your thoughts stop racing.

The results of Reiki are always positive, you receive the energy which you need at that particular time.  Many people leave a Reiki session with the same feeling of relaxation as if they had had a full body massage!

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress management and relaxation, but for me Reiki, Universal Energy, is the same as "Hug Energy" and everyone can use a hug.