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What is Reiki?

Updated: Aug 2, 2021


Reiki, meaning “sunlight energy” in its translation, is a Japanese spiritual healing therapy. Like acupuncture, cupping and gua sha, reiki unblocks qi (pronounced “chee”), a Chinese philosophy of energy medicine that regulates spiritual, emotional, mental and physical balance. Reiki uses this energy flow to promote relaxation, ease stress and tension, and connect people with their own healing energy.


Reiki is not a massage, nor is it affiliated with any religious practice or based on a belief system. Rather, it is a practice of guiding energy to promote healing and the free flow of energy throughout the body.


This integrative therapy is meant to bring balance to the entire body instead of focusing on one specific condition, although it is often used to decrease stress and anxiety in patients and their loved ones and can be performed in hospital rooms and waiting rooms. Reiki is also beneficial for all stages of pregnancy including conception and childbirth, and works on both the mother and the child.


What is Reiki? Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is an ancient, gentle, "laying on hands" healing art used for stress reduction and relaxation. Simply put, Reiki helps you feel better and heal better. Reiki means Universal Life Force~ the healing energy of the universe. Dr. Mikao Usui, of Japan, is the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing and he rediscovered this healing method in his study of ancient Tibetan texts. While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion and has no dogma. Anyone can learn & use Reiki. Reiki healing energy is both subtle and powerful to relieve stress and anxiety while promoting healing on all levels of our being including mental, emotional and spiritual. Reiki is deeply relaxing which helps to create a sense of well-being, stimulating your body's innate healing resources, which can help reduce physical pain, and promote the body's healing process. Reiki energy encourages peacefulness, inner harmony & emotional balance which promotes personal growth & heightened awareness. Reiki is passed down thru an attunement process & training program with a Reiki Master. This attunement empowers you to transmit Reiki Universal Life Force energy through your hands for a return to well-being. Once you are attuned, you will keep this heightened healing ability for life & can use this hands-on healing system to promote balance & harmony for all levels of your being and to facilitate the well-being of others. Dr. Usui recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures and are guidelines for living a gracious life. These virtues are worthy of practice for their inherent value.

"The secret art of inviting happiness & the miraculous medicine of all diseases... Just for today, do not anger

  • Do not worry and be filled with gratitude

  • Devote yourself to your work. Be kind to people.

  • Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer.

Pray these words to your heart and chant these words with your mouth." Usui Reiki Treatment for the improvement of body and mind. The founder, Mikao Usui Dr. Usui passed on this healing attunement and in 1973, Mrs. Takata brought this healing system to the U.S. where it has been passed down from attuned Reiki Masters ever since. Reiki classes are taught all over the US and in many parts of the world.

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