What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese form of stress reduction with many healing benefits that work on every level. The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words – Rei and Ki, which translate as “God’s Wisdom” or the “Higher Power”, and “Life Force Energy”. So, Reiki can be translated as “Spiritually Guided Life Force Energy”.


  • Reiki reduces stress and helps to relax the body.
  • Reiki assists in revitalizing the mind ~ body ~ spirit to heal (re-balance) itself.
  • The gentle energy of Reiki complements and enhances traditional as well as alternative medicinal modalities, expanding treatment options.
  • Reiki is easily adapted to most medical conditions and may be used safely by people of all ages, including the newborn, pregnant mothers, surgical patients, the frail and the elderly and all animals, in any situation.
  • Regular Reiki treatments promote a calmer response to life’s challenges thru inner harmony and balance.
  • Reiki enhances everyday living, and regular sessions help to promote development of a healthier, more resourceful state of being.


Just as there exists in writing a literal truth and a poetic truth, there also exists in a human being a literal anatomy and a poetic anatomy. One is made of bones and teeth and flesh; the other is made of energy and memory and faith. But they are both equally true.


Not just the physical

Eastern medicine has always recognized and worked with this energy, known as ‘ki’ in Japan, ‘chi’ in China and ‘prana’ in India, which flows through all living things and is vital to well-being. Acupuncture, T’ai Chi and Yoga are also based on the free flow of this energy in a person.

Why Reiki?

There are many reasons why Reiki is ideal as an alternative or complementary support to an individuals health/wellness program. The flow of Ki in our bodies affects our overall state of well-being. Reiki relives stress, fatigue and chronic pain. It assists the healing of body~mind~spirit and recovery from surgery, chemotherapy and other physically debilitating treatments, and is of equal value when dealing with life transitions: loss, depressions, anger, addictive behavior and personal growth.


If I could feel this way all the time I think I could achieve anything.


—H.C. Parsons Green, London, England

Renewal from the inside out

Reiki taps into this infinite energy for the mental and physical well-being of both the practitioner and recipient. The Reiki practitioner is merely a conduit or “Hollow Bone” through whom the energy flows into the recipient, and the practitioner has the happy advantage of benefiting from the session too. Reiki treatment is non-manipulative and no pressure is applied. The practitioner simply places their hands gently on or over the body. The recipient automatically draws in only as much Reiki as is needed, using it in whatever way is most appropriate at the time. Privacy, modesty and dignity are always respected. A session is carried out with the recipient lying down fully clothed, in a comfortable and peaceful environment.

Reiki has a deeply relaxing and profoundly calming effect and recipients may experience physical, emotional, and spiritual release during a treatment. Reiki is often felt as a flow of energy, a mild tingling, a warmth, or coolness. Each session has its own quality.

One session can make a difference

Even one single Reiki session can make a difference; however, a course of regular treatments may be more effective. These may be weekly, fortnightly or less often depending on the needs of the individual. A treatment plan will be discussed with you, and reviewed as necessary. This will always be subject to your own preferences, and can be changed at any time according to progress.

Origins of Reiki

usuiAlthough there are mythic explanations for the way Reiki came into being, “Reiki” as we know it, was originally introduced in Japan early in the 20th century by Mikao Usai, a Tendai Buddist, whose lineage continues through his students in Japan and in the West. Over time the origins of the practice and the factual history of Reiki are coming to light, and make for fascinating study. Different schools and styles of Reiki have evolved over time, and while practitioners may choose to study with several different masters, adding variety and complexity to their practice and lineage, all will trace their lineage back to Mikao Usui in the history of this healing art.

Today, Reiki is practiced and taught all over the world, and is being used in various settings including: private practice, complementary therapy centers, health clinics, hospitals, hospices, cancer support groups, post-operative recovery, drug rehabilitation, prisons, HIV/AIDS centers, and in the care of the elderly.

For a more comprehensive look at the history of Reiki in the East and West check out and