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What is a Reiki Treatment Like ?

·   The practitioner will establish a calming, pleasant environment, using music and maybe incense.


·   Reiki clients are always treated fully clothed .   A full treatment usually lasts about an hour and is usually given on a standard massage table.

·   The practitioner will establish contact with the Reiki energy, often using some form of prayer.

·   The practitioner uses only light touch, not manipulation of skin or muscle tissue to transmit the REIKI energy.

·   Treatment starts with the head and proceeds down the body, often using the body's "chakras" as focal points (which are actually a "western" addition to the practice).

·   The practitioner functions as a "channel" for Universal Life Force Energy and directs the REIKI energy into the client, without manipulating the energy.   The client's body will use the energy where it is needed the most.


·   Clients usually feel extremely calm and peaceful during treatment – some may also feel heat or tingling from the healer's hands (this is the body's way of experiencing energy that it is not used to).

·   Clients may experience a delayed reaction to treatment – sometimes hours or days later.   There can be dramatic improvements to non-chronic conditions after just one treatment – every client's experience is different.

Benefits of Reiki Ryoho:

·  Heals the causes and eliminates the effects of imbalances

·   Does not conflict with religious beliefs


·   Is an alternative, natural healing & helping method

·   Can be combined with other healing methods

·   Minimizes feelings of helplessness when you are faced with a crisis situation

·   Releases accumulated daily stress

·   Lasts a lifetime (for Reiki teachers)


·   Promotes the qualities of loving, caring, growing, compassion, trusting, self-actualizing, goodwill, peace and serenity

·   Is an intelligent energy which goes to greatest need in a person's body or psyche


·   Reiki starts to flow when you touch something - it's always "on"

·   Reiki does not interfere with medical treatments; it enhances medications, quickens healing time and reduces the need for anesthetic

Where Did Reiki Originate ?

· "Rei-ki" is a Japanese word consisting of two kanji characters.   A literal translation reads: "Spiritually guided life force energy."

·   Reiki Ryoho (its proper name) is most likely a very old hands-on healing technique, probably dating back thousands of years to India and/or Tibet.   There are references to something similar in very old documents written in Sanskrit.

·   After many years of study, Mikao Usui, a Japanese businessman turned Buddhist monk, rediscovered the technique during a twenty-one day fast on a sacred mountain in Japan (Mt. Kurama) in 1921.   He was not an ascetic – he was a very practical person who wanted to help others.


·   Usui (who had already been a healer for many years) opened a clinic in 1922, healed thousands of people and taught thousands of students his methods.   He was honored by the Emperor of Japan and trained many officers in the Japanese Navy.   His original school still exists in Tokyo (though they will not talk to "western" teachers).

·   The first person to teach Reiki outside of Japan was Hawayo Takata, in Hilo on the Big Island in Hawai`i.   Unfortunately, she changed a lot of things from the way Usui taught them.

·   Though Reiki is often taught as purely a healing technique in the west, it was actually a Buddhist-based spiritual practice for Usui.   It has become a personal spiritual practice for me.   But… Reiki works equally well no matter how you approach it.

·   Many people are adding a lot of "new age" fluff (like channeling, for example) to Reiki and are also getting their egos wrapped up in it.   It's not a "new age" practice.   Reiki is very simple and very powerful and it works perfectly just as Mikao Usui originally taught it.

Is Reiki Supported by the Medical Profession ?

·   Yes, and at a rapidly accelerating pace !!

·   Throughout the United States, nurses are becoming the most important supporters of Reiki being accepted into hospitals.


·   Patients are beginning to ask for hospitals that are using "energetic interventions," like Reiki.

·   Hospitals are putting Reiki information on their websites.

·   Hospitals are starting to bring in Reiki trainers and doctors and nurses are attending the training.

·   Reiki is especially effective for pain management and is even being used DURING surgery, inside the operating room !!


·   Medical professionals have documented clinical observations of the effectiveness of Reiki.

·   Teaching hospitals are beginning to offer Continuing Education Units to staff who take Reiki training.

·   Health practitioners of all kinds are integrating Reiki into their "regular" practice.

Who Can Learn to be a Reiki Healer ?

·   Anyone can.   Reiki energy is a Universal Life Force Energy – nobody can own it or control it – all living things are entitled to it as a birthright.

·   Reiki cannot be learned from a book.   Learning Reiki is an initiatory process.   As a student, you are given "attunements" that open up your internal energy pathways so that you can receive the Reiki energy and then channel it to others.

·   One you are attuned, your ability to do Reiki will never go away.   However, like any other skill, if it isn't used regularly you will become less proficient with it, but you will never lose it.


·   Reiki is usually taught in three successive "levels."   Opinions differ as to how much time an individual needs to spend doing Reiki work before moving to the next level of training.   Some teachers teach all levels in a single weekend "Reiki Intensive."   This can be effective IF you are ready for it.

·   Hawayo Takata (the first Reiki teacher in the west) taught that the third level should cost $10,000.   That was not the founder's practice.   Levels I, II and III are often taught for $100, $200 and $300 respectively, which is reasonable and appropriate.

·   Taking a Reiki class is often a transformative experience.   You only need to take the first level to begin doing effective Reiki work.   Most people start out by giving free treatments to spouses, friends and relatives before doing treatments for hire (if they choose to do that at all

·   It's also very important to do Reiki regularly on yourself!