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Reiki Healing

 What is Reiki?


Reiki is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy.  Many ancient cultures embraced the belief that life energy flows through the body, deeply affecting our entire being. Current research strongly suggests that energy does extend throughout and beyond the physical body, and that disruptions or imbalances in its flow correlate to physical, mental and emotion illness.  The healing art of Reiki (pronounced “RAY-key”) addresses these imbalances to support your good health and well-being.

Reiki is a gentle method of hands-on healing that taps into this energy.  Reiki is not massage, hypnosis or a tool for diagnosing illness.  Reiki is a technique that addresses both chronic and acute conditions, gently and powerfully promoting balance among all the body’s systems and the regenerative processes of body and mind.


To receive Reiki, most people lie on a table fully clothes (so wear comfortable clothing); however the technique is so adaptable that you can receive it in almost any setting, in a chair or hospital bed, and trough casts and bandages.

Still and focused, the practitioner will simply place his or her hands on or above your head, shoulders, back, chest, stomach and limbs.  Practitioners routinely follow a series of hand positions, but can place their hands anywhere you would like them to, for example over an injury or other area of discomfort.  The teachings say that universal energy flows, not from the practitioner, but rather through the practitioner, to you.  You will receive the amount of energy you need to bring your mind and body into balance.

Though Reiki techniques appear to be simple, the effects can feel profound.  Most people experience deep relaxation.  You may also feel tingling, pulsing, a feeling of warmth and comfort, or you may fall asleep.

Results can be subtle.  Some recipients say they feel little during the session, but afterwards enjoy a sense of calm and well-being, and a deep restful sleep. It is possible you could experience powerful sensations or emotions during or after a session.  Your practitioner will want to hear about your response to the degree you are comfortable sharing them.


Used by a rapidly growing number of hospitals all over the world, Reiki complements medical treatment, psychological counseling and massage therapy.  Reiki is appropriate for patients in any state of health and is easily practiced in all hospital environments from outpatient clinic to intensive care.

Reiki is gentle enough to offer support and reduce the discomforts of pregnant women and can help ease the pain of childbirth.  Hospitals such as the Tueson Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Pennsylvania’s St. Mary Medical Center have Reiki practitioners available to a range of patients, including those with cancer or recovering from surgery.  Reiki is especially appreciated in hospice care due to its ability to alleviate pain and anxiety for both patient and family members.


Studies of Reiki show significant reduction of pain, including cancer pain, following treatment.  Patients also report increased feelings of relaxation and a sense of well-being.  One study cited improvement in immune and nervous system function and increased mobility in patients with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, and fibromyalgia.  At Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire, surgical patients decreased their use of pain medications, stayed for shorter periods, and reported increased satisfaction with pre-and post surgical Reiki sessions.


Reiki can alleviate pain and stress and promote restful sleep, healing and relaxation.  Relaxation in itself promotes a host of benefits for the mind and body, including a heightened sense of well-being, lower blood pressure, release of painful muscle tension, and relief from anxiety and depression.  In addition, relaxation has been shown to help restore immune function and improve circulation, enhancing healing throughout your body.

Reiki is not only healthful, put pleasurable.  One of its greatest benefits may be the opportunity to let go and enjoy the experience of being nurtured and cared for.


Your Reiki practitioner will be glad to answer any question about his/her background, training and experience.  Always let your practitioner know any health concerns you have and if you are uncomfortable in any way during a session.  Ask questions at any time, including during your session and the days following a session.


The gentle art of Reiki draws on Universal Life Energy to benefit people of any age and in any state of health.  Whether at home, clinic or hospital, sessions adapt easily to any situation.  Reiki offers comfort, nurturing, and support for the good health and balance of your mind, body and emotions.

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