Reiki is an energy healing modality.

Reiki practitioners act as a conduit for the Reiki energy, directing into the recipient.

The word “Reiki” is a combination of two Japanese words and means “universal life energy.” The energy does not come from the practitioner. It is, as the name says, universal. The concept of this universal energy is found around the globe.

The Reiki practitioner learns through training and attunements how to allow this life energy to flow through them and into the recipient.

Western countries are most familiar with Usui Reiki, developed Dr. Mikao Usui in Japan in the 1920’s. There are though, multiple disciplines that take the practitioner deeper into spiritual healing practices.

At its core, Reiki is spiritual in nature.

Reiki energy is spiritual energy, but the healing it provides operates on all levels:


  • Spiritual
  • Emotional
  • Mental
  • Physical


Reiki is subtle energy, but direct. It will go right to the source, or cause, of the issue for the recipient. These root causes are often spiritual/emotional in nature, and so effects may not be dramatic, but develop over time as the Reiki works from the spiritual level up to the physical.



Reiki is for…

Anyone. Really.

You. Your family. Your pets. Your plants.

Your worst enemy. That guy who just cut you off.

The trees and animals of your local park.

The lake you walk around every morning.

Reiki is supportive and restorative to the recipient’s energetic and spiritual nature, providing needed resources for emotional and physical wellbeing.

Reiki is energy. It is not physical. So it is not bound by the constraints of time and space. As the practitioner advances through the training, techniques for sending Reiki across distances and time are learned.

Reiki practitioners can and most do offer Reiki distantly to clients.

The Reiki energy replenishes a recipient’s spiritual energy.



Practitioners typically offer sessions in blocks of time. A session can be either in-person or remote.

For an in-person session –

The recipient can be either seated or lying down. Although Reiki is generally considered bodywork, along the lines of massage or acupuncture, it is done fully clothed.

The Reiki practitioner gently places their hands either on or directly above the body, depending on client preference, then moves through a series of hand positions. Generally, the session flows from the crown of the head to the feet, but often practitioners will return to, or focus on particular areas as needed.

All the client needs to do is relax and be open to receiving the Reiki. It is common for clients to fall asleep in a session.

For a distance session –

There is very little difference in the session, except that the practitioner and client are physically distant from each other.

Distance sessions are coordinated as to timing and duration. With technology and video conferencing these sessions have become quite common.

A Reiki session should include:

  • An intake or screening. The practitioner should at a minimum ask about past medical history and current concerns or areas of focus.
  • A description of what to expect and an opportunity to ask questions before starting.

For in-person sessions, it’s usual to advise a client prior to starting of the hand positions, how the practitioner will progress through the session, and determine client preference regarding contact.

Once the agreed upon time is complete, the practitioner should close the session with another brief exit interview to allow the client to ask any follow up questions.

Will I feel anything? Some do.

  • Hot
  • Cold
  • Tingles

The experience is highly individual because each client’s needs are unique to them. Some clients have immediate pain relief. Some feel nothing during the session, but later realize they’re less stressed, or see a resolution to problem they’d been worrying about.

The most reported response to a session is – relaxation. Also reported:

  • Decreased pain.
  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Sense of relief or release.
  • Decreased grief.



Reiki provides restorative energies. In today’s hectic and stress-filled life, we could all use a Reiki session for some much-needed replenishment of our spiritual wellbeing.

Reiki is a gentle and effective energy healing modality. It’s non-invasive, and compatible with any other healing regimen. There are no contraindications to Reiki.

If you’d like to try Reiki, online searches are your friend. Look for referrals, reviews, use all your good online discernment.

The really good news – Reiki is super easy to learn.

Many practitioners are also Master-Teachers and offer training. Once through the first attunement, the Reiki energy is always right there. Practicing Reiki is a beautiful way to explore your own spiritual growth, as well as bring in more much-needed healing energy to our currently stress-filled world.

See the video linked below for Ryan Stacey’s perspective of his first experience with Reiki.