Reiki Therapy facilitates natural healing and balance at all levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
My clients report many benefits:
- Help with healing after surgery or injury
- Reduction of side effects from chemotherapy
- Calming of upset feelings
- Greater mental clarity and relaxation
- Feeling more integrated
- A greater sense of well-being
- Less pain and anxiety
Reiki (ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning “universal life energy.” A Reiki treatment is a gentle, effective process whereby its practitioners act as conduits for Reiki (life energy) to promote well-being and healing.
Reiki therapy, like therapeutic touch, is used on its own and to support other therapies like chiropractic treatments, psychotherapy, massage, surgery, and cancer therapy.
Practitioners provide it in many settings including hospitals, hospice, private practice, and in self-care.
Answers to Commonly Asked Questions
What is a treatment like?
You remain clothed during a treatment. You lie down on a massage table or you may sit in a chair. The practitioner places her hands lightly on or above you, beginning with your head, then your front and back body. It usually takes about an hour. It’s a very quiet, peaceful experience.
Though gentle, it is quite powerful.
Is it safe?
Reiki is safe…there are no side effects.
Does it work with other medical therapies?
Yes, practitioners use it alone or as a complement to other therapies including medical treatments like surgery and cancer therapy.
What are its benefits?
Reiki’s benefits are as varied as the people who receive it. People commonly report:
- Deep relaxation and peace
- Stress and tension reduction
- Pain may lessen or disappear
- Greater clarity about life issues
- Help with depression or feeling “stuck”
- Feeling more whole and integrated
- Some don’t notice anything, then over time they just “feel better”
Is it religious?
Reiki is spiritual in nature in that love and compassion are an important part of its practice. It is not religious, although members of many religious groups including Christians, Buddhists, Jews, and others find it compatible with their religious beliefs. It can deepen your spiritual beliefs and connection to whatever tradition(s) you practice.
Does it work?
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine reports that Reiki clients may experience a deep state of relaxation and may also feel warm, tingly, sleepy, or refreshed during a session. NCCAM provides funding for continued research on Reiki.
The Journal of American College of Cardiology published a Yale University study on the use of Reiki for patients who suffered a recent heart attack. The study found that 20-minute Reiki treatments improved the patients’ mood on all indicators and improved their heart rate variability (HRV). HRV is a critical concern in heart health and stress reduction.
For more research see Reiki Research.
This Therapy has helped support the healing process of thousands throughout the world. We hope that you too will enjoy Reiki Therapy.
Where Can Your Get Reiki?
You can find certified Reiki Therapists by using the resources below.
Nancy Moore, PhD, RN, provides Reiki Therapy at in Redmond, Oregon.
Nancy is a Reiki Master attuned and certified in the Usui/Tibetan system of healing by The International Center for Reiki Training. She has practiced holistic energy healing for over 25 years.
Sources and Resources
Reiki Therapy service page.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, “backgrounder, Reiki: An Introduction” at http://nccam.nih.gov/health/reiki.
Rachel S.C. Friedman, Matthew M. Burg, Pamela Miles, Forrester Lee, and Rachel Lampert, “Effects of Reiki on Autonomic Activity Early After Acute Coronary Syndrome,” Journal of American College of Cardiology 56 (2010): 995-996.