Reiki FAQ


What is Reiki? 

Reiki is the Japanese name of the life force energy inherent in all beings and the formal name for the 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. Together they mean Spiritually Guided Universal Life Force Energy. Reiki therapy is simply described as a gentle non-invasive relaxation or stress reduction technique that promotes self-healing.

How do You Experience Reiki? 

A Reiki 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 guide the Reiki energy with their hands to benefit the client. As the energy is absorbed and travels through the client’s body, they may feel it in a variety of ways including warmth, energy waves and tingling or simple relaxation, and as a reduction in pain and tension.


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 local 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. Reiki has evolved to a globally respected holistic healing 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 available as students determine they are ready. 


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. Many Teachers prepare their students with a guided meditation prior to the ceremony to initiate the process.

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 your body realigns itself to the influx of new energy. This higher vibratory energy entrains (rebalances) any energy imbalances or blocks, 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 per day, 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 chakra’s, 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 facilitate energy flow and self healing after the first class.