What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the principle that Qi energy flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.

Reiki (靈氣 in Japanese Kanji characters) is comprised of two Japanese characters that when put together means Universal Qi. This is the life energy that exists and flows all around us and is distinct from the various other forms of Qi that; in traditional Chinese medicine theory; exists within in our bodies (see this article on our TCM website for more information about what Qi is).

How does Reiki work?

Reiki is based on the principle that Qi or life energy exists and flows all around us. In our own bodies, it flows through a series of channels known as meridians and is particularly strong in certain acupoints knowns in traditional Chinese medicine as Dantian (or Chakras in common Western Reiki terminology). Qi nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. When this flow of Qi is disrupted, it causes diminished function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body.

Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the Qi and charging them with positive energy. It raises the the energy field in and around the physical body where the Qi disruption. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the Qi pathways, thus allowing Qi to flow in a healthy and natural way.

Is Reiki a religion or faith system?

No. Religions are usually involved with issues such as the afterlife, sin, salvation, etc. and have a doctrine or code that one must believe in in order to be a part of the religion. Reiki does not deal with these things. Reiki is a simple healing technique. It does not require one give up one’s religion or change one’s spiritual beliefs in any way to practice or receive it.

Our Reiki practitioner, Bob Kee practices Reiki in a faith-neutral manner without the use of chants, symbols, crystals, or the invoking of spirits and guides.

Can Reiki really heal my condition?

First of all, a distinction must be made made between healing and curing. Healing is when you go to the root of the problem and restore the body’s balance. Curing is what is normally considered done when you actually remove the problem (but maybe not the cause). When you have surgery you can remove the “sick” organ or tissue but this might not solve the problem as the procedure often does not solve the underlying problem. One can also be healed but not cured, i.e. your body is in balance but you still have a medical problem.

No promises can be made about the outcome of the use of Reiki (or any other healing system). It all depends on you, your intent, your background and the nature of your problem. Healing is a different experience and has different effects on every individual.

A big step towards healing yourself is to actually realize your need for healing!

How is Reiki treatment given?

You will receive Reiki fully clothed while lying down on a treatment table. If you are uncomfortable with lying down, Reiki can also be received while being comfortably seated down.

Reiki is offered through light, non-invasive touch with the practitioner’s hands placed and held on a series of locations on the head and front and back of the torso. The placement of the hands should never be intrusive or inappropriate, nor should there be any pressure. In most cases, no direct contact is involved between the practitioner and you.

How does Reiki feel?

A Reiki session is a unique experience for everyone, but you may feel certain sensations when receiving Reiki. Common sensations are heat, tingling, pulsing and cold, just to name a few. Some people feel no sensation of any kind at all. Sensations, or the absence of it, simply relate to the person’s sensitivity to energy. Reiki flows regardless of whether you feel it or not.

What happens after a Reiki session?

Do not expect a diagnosis, as that is not part of Reiki. The practitioner may make common sense suggestions for after-care, such as drinking water and following your body’s needs.

Although people typically leave a Reiki session feeling refreshed, sometimes they notice feeling more tired in the evening than usual. This is not viewed as an adverse reaction, but rather as the body’s natural healing response, something to be heeded. People commonly report a sense of calm and mental clarity and sleeping well after Reiki.

Can I stop seeing my doctor or stop my medication after Reiki?

No. Reiki works in conjunction with regular medical or psychological treatment. If you has a medical or psychological condition, it is recommended that you see a licensed health care professional in addition to receiving Reiki treatments.

Reiki works in harmony with all other forms of healing, including drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method of complementary therapy like traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture and will improve the results.

If you have any further questions about Reiki, please contact us. We may put your question up on this FAQ page.