What is Reiki Healing and How Does it Work?


Mar 06, 2023

What is Reiki Healing and How Does it Work?

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Exactly what is Reiki healing?

As an ancient form of energy medicine, Reiki has been practiced for a long time. The premise is that your life's many elements are reflected in the body's energy centers. By channeling this universal life force energy, Reiki healers are able to enhance their patients' emotional, mental, and spiritual health. The concept of Reiki healing energy and its role inside the body's energy centers are explored more in this article. 

How does Reiki Healing work?

Reiki is a Japanese kind of energy medicine built on the idea that we each have a vital life force that can become blocked, resulting in a variety of undesirable health outcomes. Reiki practitioners can restore both physical and mental well-being by tapping into this life force energy. Practitioners often use the act of placing hands on or hovering over a patient at various points to promote healing. That's the "laying-on-of-hands" method, by the way. Reiki has been shown to improve health on all levels, including the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Methods, Theory, and Practices: A Look at Reiki's Origins

Originally developed in Japan, Reiki is a holistic healing method. Reiki derives its name from the Japanese characters for "spiritual life force energy" (Rei and Ki). Ki, or vital life force energy, is channeled through the hands of a Reiki master to the recipient. This age-old method is supported by three pillars: intent, method, and attunement.

For Reiki to work, one must first set an intention. A Reiki practitioner's belief system determines the kind of energy they bring to a healing session. 

  • This perspective includes the idea that one's own life energy can be used to alleviate physical, mental, and spiritual pain. A positive outlook that healing is possible, despite the severity of one's disease, is also essential.

The practice of technique is the second pillar of Reiki. 

  • This calls for mastery in directing the energy through one's body and hands. In order to accomplish this, professionals need to learn the most effective hand positions for working on different body regions. They also need to learn how to focus their breathing and their will to channel the energy.

The third tenet of Reiki is attunement. 

  • During an attunement, a Reiki Master transfers the Reiki energy to the student so they may practice Reiki themselves. A range of practices, such as hand placements, meditation, and visualization, may be used by a practitioner during an attunement to remove energetic blocks to wellness.

All successful Reiki healing sessions will involve these three elements. Accurate and potent patient care is contingent on the practitioner's command of these three foundations.

Reiki also Helps the Chakras

Those seven power spots, or chakras, radiate vitality and health in the body.

To channel the healing energy when practicing Reiki, one must concentrate on the seven energy centers, or chakras. The seven chakras correspond to certain areas of the body and perform specific functions.

The seven major energy centers, or chakras, are as follows:

  • The first chakra, or "energy center," is positioned at the base of the spine, and it governs survival instincts like hunger, exhaustion, and fear and called the Root Chakra.
  • The second chakra, called the Sacral Chakra is located just below the navel and is about expression and emotion.
  • The third chakra is the Solar Plexus Chakra controls self-awareness, motivation, and the ability to bring desires into reality.
  • The fourth chakra is the Heart Chakra is located in the physical center of the chest and controls feelings of love, compassion, and spiritual enlightenment.
  • The fifth chakra involves our ability to speak up for what we believe in, express ourselves creatively, and express ourselves freely through the Throat Chakra.
  • The sixth chakra, or Third Eye chakra, is linked to clairvoyance, insight, and wisdom, and located between the brows.
  • The seventh chakra is the Crown Chakra, located at the topmost pinnacle of the head, and is symbolic of one's connection to the divine or a higher force.

Stress, trauma, and limiting beliefs are just a few of the many potential sources of an energy blockage in any of the seven chakras. By clearing obstructions and opening the channels for Reiki energy to circulate, health and well-being can be enhanced.

The Reiki Hand Mudras

In Reiki, the practitioner uses a series of hand positions to channel healing energy in a specific direction. A general guideline for deciding where to put such things is provided by the seven chakras. These hand positions are typically done in a specific order because they serve as a map of the body's energy centers.

At the head, down the back, across the belly, and down to the feet are the seven basic hand locations. Each posture helps the healer direct the energy being channeled. Energy is thought to be sent to the higher chakras when one places one's hands on the crown of one's head, while energy is grounded and balanced when one places one's hands on one's feet.

Hands are held lightly, above the body, or directly on the body during a session. Hands can be kept immobile or softly moved in a circular motion to promote energy flow during the hand placement. One common method for increasing the flow of chi is slowly moving the hands up and down the body.

Typically, a Reiki Master will hold each position for 1-2 minutes before moving on to the next. Once the practitioner has a good idea of where the obstruction of energy is, the practitioner can make changes to the energy field. The phrase "closing" refers to the final placement of hands during a Reiki session and reinforces the healing.

Reiki's hand postures are a powerful tool for spreading healing energy and promoting holistic well-being. With practice, one can develop an acute understanding of where energy is needed to be directed, allowing for fluid transitions between positions as needs change.

What is a Reiki Treatment Session like?

During a session, a patient lies on a massage table while the Reiki practitioner employs various hand positions and motions to open meridians and channel chi.

The ultimate building block of reality is energy. Almost all researchers agree that your body mass is actually energy. Additionally, your brain produces electrical impulses in reaction to your mental processes, including your beliefs, attitudes, and emotions. The electrical impulses create electromagnetic wavelengths or brainwaves. The brainwaves and the energy in the body create an electromagnetic field around a person. The Reiki healer channels this electromagnetic field during a session.

Reiki healing works based on quantum physics. Quantum physics can be used to describe the behavior of a single electron or photon, and it can be used to describe the human mind and its contents. Theories such as entanglement, the uncertainty principle, and the particle-wave duality all give credence to how Reiki healing works. In addition, the zero-point field links us to our environment, the universe at large, and everything we've ever come into contact with. Here, the vitality of one individual can affect that of another.

  • The healing power of a healthy person's touch can help a sick person feel better and even help them recover from their sickness. Being around emotionally and spiritually stable people helps us in many aspects of daily life. 
  • The brainwaves of Reiki Masters have been shown to oscillate in the theta region, which is associated with a therapeutic state of mind. A patient’s mind and body may benefit from the REFLECTED person's brainwave frequencies as they serve to induce a state of deep relaxation in the patient.
  • A Reiki practitioner uses universal life energy to aid a patient in need. The Reiki practitioner functions as a channel for the patient's healing energy, enhancing their own well-being in the process. 
  • When I give a Reiki session, I can feel the Reiki energy flowing from my Crown Chakra and into my hands throughout a session. This creates a tremendous amount of heat and my hands feel like they are on fire. 

How does Distance Reiki Healing work?

Since quantum entanglement allows for communication at great distances, Reiki can be performed from afar. When two particles interact in a specific way, they form an invisible bond that allows one particle to affect the other even when it is not in close proximity to it.

To send Reiki long distance, I provide a full body treatment to a dummy and use the patient’s photo, name, date of birth, or address to channel the healing energy to the intended recipient. Distance Reiki healings have shown to be just as effective, if not more so, than in-person sessions.

The Healing Benefits of Reiki Treatment

Reiki is a Japanese healing art that has been around for centuries but is just now experiencing a resurgence in popularity. The purpose of this energy therapy technique is to restore harmony on all levels of being. It benefits you physically, mentally, and spiritually.

  • Pain is reduced and stress is melted away as a direct result of receiving Reiki. Increased blood flow, decreased inflammation, and accelerated tissue repair are all possible results of this strategy. It may improve the effectiveness of other medicines while reducing their possible negative effects.
  • The emotional benefits of Reiki include a reduction in stress and anxiety due to its ability to purge the body of negative energy. It also has the potential to help bring about peace and quiet.
  • Increased focus and creativity are two of the brain benefits. If you use it frequently, it can help you retain more knowledge and think more creatively.
  • An increased sense of oneness with the divine and fresh insights into life's greatest mysteries are Reiki's spiritual benefits. The ability to draw on one's own resources and have a more profound sense of spiritual connection are two further advantages.

As a whole, Reiki is a powerful healing practice that can drastically improve one's quality of life. It can help restore your body's energy flow, which in turn improves your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. If you are seeking peace and balance in your life, Reiki may be the way to go.

Learn more about Reiki or book your Reiki healing session with Lisa now!



Lisa is a Reiki Master, Certified Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner, and trained in the Bengston Energy Healing Method. Lisa is also a Certified Life coach and currently in her second year of graduate school for a Master of Social Work to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

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