Have you heard people talking about Reiki but you are not sure what it is exactly?

Below you will find everything you need to know about Reiki, its benefits and what to expect during a Reiki session.

Reiki is a Japanese energy healing technique. It was developed by Dr. Mikao Usui in the 1920s. The term comes from two Japanese words: “Rei,” which means universal, and “ki”: life force energy which flows through all living things. Reiki is a form of complementary medicine in which practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above a person, with the goal of directing energy to help facilitate the person’s own healing response. Receiving Reiki doesn’t interfere with or alter the person’s spiritual or religious beliefs. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion.

It’s based on the notion that all humans have energy fields, or life forces, that keep us alive. According to the practice, physical, mental, and emotional issues can occur if this energy is low or becomes blocked. The purpose of Reiki is to promote good health by balancing these energy fields.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Reiki?

As Reiki works on the entire self – mind, body, and emotions – it may be helpful in all types of physical, emotional and mental healing.

There are many benefits of Reiki for your health and wellbeing in general. Reiki can:

1. Help You With Relaxation

The energy transfer you receive during a Reiki session may help you feel more peaceful and relaxed allowing then to be in touch with your inner self.

2. Help You Sleep Better

A blissful state of relaxation after a Reiki session will help you sleep better which will allow your body to fully regenerate. It is also not unusual to see people fall asleep entirely during a Reiki session.

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3. Help With Medical Conditions

People have been using Reiki with conditions like:

  • cancer
  • heart disease
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • stress-related illnesses
  • fatigue
  • chronic pain
  • insomnia or
  • headaches.

It is important to note that Reiki is not intended to replace any doctor-approved medical treatments. Reiki is not a cure for a disease or illness, but it may assist the body in creating an environment to facilitate healing process.

Some people with serious health conditions find Reiki beneficial as it helps them to relax. Reiki session has a calming effect when they feel overwhelmed with invasive therapy or are stressed and fearful due to the undergoing treatment. The relaxation state can help invoke body’s natural healing process.

4. Remove Energy Blocks Or Unbalance In Your Body

Energy blocks impede innate flow of energy which may result in health problems or negative emotions like anger or sadness. Regular Reiki sessions can help you with those blockages and allow for energy to flow effortless throughout your body.

It gently and effectively opens blocked meridians (energy pathways) and chakras (energy centres) and clears the energy bodies, leaving you feeling relaxed and at harmony.

Reiki also balances your internal body levels resulting in improved breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure among others.

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What Are The Side Effects Of Reiki? Is It Safe?

As a non-invasive healing therapy Reiki doesn’t have any known harmful side effects. Reiki is safe as long as it is treated as a complementary medicine, not an alternative one and is used alongside a conventional treatment plan.

How Does A Reiki Session Look Like?

Reiki sessions vary in length. A typical Reiki session lasts between 40 and 90 minutes. During your first appointment, the practitioner will explain to you the process and will discuss your intentions or a situation you hope to heal. You might want to let the practitioner know about any places in your body which are sensitive to touch or those you would like the practitioner to focus on.

A session can either be hands-on, where the practitioner touches you lightly, or hands-off where he or she hovers their hands slightly over your body. If you prefer not to be touched, then mention this to the practitioner before the session begins.

A typical Reiki session takes place in a relaxing environment or treatment room. There might be soft meditative music in the background. You will lie down on a treatment table (which looks like a standard massage table) fully clothed, with no shoes on. It is common practice to have one pillow placed under your head and the other under your knees, you might be also covered with a blanket.

What Should I Be Wearing During A Reiki Session?

Given you are going to spend the whole session fully dressed, make sure to be wearing something comfortable, loose-fitting, ideally made of natural fabrics (like cotton or linen). Also remove any jewelry or glasses. You may be able to change your clothes at the practitioner’s treatment room if needed but check in advance.

Generally, there is none or very little talk during the session, however, feel free to let the practitioner know if you experience any discomfort.

The practitioner will move their hands around your body. They will use a series of 12 to 15 different hand positions in specific energy locations. Each hand position is held for roughly 3 to 10 minutes; time is determined by the flow of energy through the hands at each location.

What differs Reiki from other touch therapies is that there is no pressure or massage involved in the process.

What Does Reiki Feel Like?

Expect to feel deeply relaxed during the session. You may experience or feel tingling, heat, warmth, cold, subtleness or steadfastness. You may also feel nothing, and that is perfectly normal as well.

After the session you may feel peaceful, energized or…tired. Make sure to drink plenty of water.

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Where Can I Get A Reiki Session And How Much Does It Cost?


In order to find a good Reiki practitioner, you can either check one of the Reiki organizations’ websites or google practitioners in your area and verify that they’ve been licensed or certified by one of these organizations.

Some of the professional associations worth checking: the International Association of Reiki Practitioners, the International Reiki Association, and The Reiki Alliance.


The cost of a Reiki session varies based on the duration of the session and where you live. In the United States you can expect to spend $50-$100 per session (check if there is a community Reiki center in your area as they might offer low-fee sessions), in the UK from £15 to £100 an hour. Some cancer centers and hospices in the UK offer free or low cost Reiki sessions for people with cancer.

Reiki treatment is generally not covered by health insurance, but it’s always worth checking with your insurance company.

What Else Can Reiki Be Used For ?

Reiki energy exists in everything. Apart from healing, you can use Reiki to help balance basically anything you choose in your life. Just use your imagination and intuition. You can use Reiki for:

  • animals
  • food and drink
  • plants.

You might also use it for:

  • setting your goals
  • finances
  • to receive inspiration
  • work related topics
  • to receive clarity or
  • help with relationships.

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