Reiki FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions


What is Reiki? 

Reiki is the Japanese name for the life force energy inherent in all beings and the formal name for an energy therapy treatment through which we experience it. The word Reiki is comprised of two kanji (Japanese pictographs) Rei and Ki. Rei means universal &/or spiritual. Ki means life force energy. Combined they mean Spiritually Guided Universal Life Force Energy. Reiki is simply described as a gentle non-invasive relaxation or stress reduction technique that promotes self-healing. Reiki is a therapy that can be easily self administered.

How do You Experience Reiki? 

A practitioner will place their hands in a series of standard positions on or slightly above a client who is relaxing on a treatment table or chair. The practitioner will observe and guide the energy with their hands to benefit the client. As the energy is absorbed and travels through the client’s body, they may feel or experience it in a variety of ways including warmth, energy waves, tingling or simple relaxation. They may experience reduction in pain and tension and generally feel more comfortable.

Where did Reiki Originate?

Mikao Usui, Sensei developed the Reiki energy therapy practice in the early 1900’s in his home country of Japan. He received the ability to facilitate and teach energy healing during a three-week meditative retreat at a Buddhist Monastery on Mt. Kurama. He opened a clinic and school called the Usui Reiki Gakkai Ryoho where he practiced Reiki healing and taught many students. He initiated a total of sixteen Reiki Master Teachers who continued his legacy by passing down the healing tradition through many generations of Reiki Masters. Reiki has evolved to a globally respected holistic modality over the past century.

Who can learn Reiki? 

Anyone can learn Reiki. The ability to learn is not dependent on age, education, intellect or talent. It is passed from the teacher to a student during a simple ceremony during a training class. There are several levels of Reiki classes, each one more advanced than the one before. When anyone completes the basic Level I class, they have the ability to perform hands-on Reiki for the rest of their life, for themselves and others. Advanced training is readily available as students determine they are ready to learn and experience more. 

What is an Attunement? 

A Reiki Teacher will pass or transfer the ability to access Reiki energy during an individual attunement ceremony with each student. The ceremony itself is about 5 minutes in length, but is a powerful process as the higher vibrational Reiki energy is gently introduced within the student’s energy system. It is similar to an embodied meditation.

What happens during an attunement?

The attunement process clears the student’s energy centers (Chakras) to enable the energy pathway and initiates the flow of Reiki energy as the body realigns itself to the influx of new energy. This higher vibratory energy entrains (rebalances) any energy imbalances, working through each of the seven chakras and radiating out throughout the entire subtle energy system. The attunement raises your energies and begins your balancing process. Your energy field will strengthen, empowering you to heal yourself and assist others. The more you self-treat, the more rapidly the healing process progresses. We recommend giving yourself one full Reiki session every day.

How does Reiki Heal? 

Everything in our universe, including ourselves, is made of energy. We are alive because life force energy is flowing through us. In our body, the energy flows through energy pathways called chakras, meridians and auras and along the body’s nervous systems. When the energy flows freely the body is healthy. When the flow of energy is disrupted, constricted or blocked, it causes reduced functioning, imbalances or illness in the body. When Reiki energy is introduced into the body, it identifies the disruption of the body’s energy flow as slower vibration. It then gently balances and disperses the blockages, facilitating the body’s natural healing process. Every Reiki Practitioner has the capability to observe and facilitate energy flow and self healing after the first class.