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What is Reiki Treatment?

Updated on May 12, 2013
Getting Reiki Treatment
Getting Reiki Treatment


Complimentary Medicine

Reiki is an alternative form of medicine, to be used as a therapy without invasive treatment.

Reiki was originally developed in Japan by Buddhist Mikao Usui in 1922. Since then it has adapted but the therapy works on healing mind and body using palm techniques.

The thought is that the body has energy centres called Chakras to help the energy flow and assist our spiritual well being. Then the energy meridians and nadas act as rivers to help with physical healing.

The Reiki practitioner is the one who channels energy from the recipient to balance it out in a way to heal. The soothing effects of the treatment allow the energy to flow freely relieving stress, illness and cleansing the body of toxins. It is uplifting for body, mind and spirit.

Reiki is used for:

  • Relaxation and to relieve stress
  • Aid sleep
  • Improve the immune system
  • Help the body to heal itself quicker
  • Helps with chronic problems, such as eczema, asthma and headaches
  • Can help with addictions
  • Clears toxins
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Helps to relieve pain

Reiki Sessions

Each Reiki session lasts for around an hour and a half. The person who receives treatment either lies on a couch or sits comfortably to they can relax. The practitioner will then place their hands in a sequence of positions, holding for a few minutes at a time. They will work over the whole body in the session rather than focusing on one problem area.

The person receiving Reiki remains fully clothed, as the energy can pass through it. The practitioner will begin at the head and work over the body towards the feet. The seven main charkas and the vital organs will be focused on.

During the session the practitioner will work on the front of the body and then onto the back. The feet will always be worked on last, as the energy needs to go to the soles in order to bring us back to the earth.

Unlike massage, it doesn't include manipulation. It focuses on the flow and release of energy as an alternative or complimentary form of medicine.

The After Effects of Reiki

Reiki can be quite effective with immediate relief of the problem. There may just be some improvement and therefore a series of treatments will be needed.

There are a recommended number of Reiki sessions, which are three to four in the first two weeks, and then once every week or two until the problem resolves.

How Does Reiki Make You Feel?

Every person has a different experience with Reiki. Some people have a warm feeling when it is being performed or have a floating sensation. Others feel hot and cold, depending on the problem area. Some people do not feel anything, although it is thought it is down to how well they open up to Reiki.

Money Plant
Money Plant

Who can use Reiki?

Reiki is safe for anyone. It can be used on babies, adults and pregnant women. It can be useful for a boost of energy, stress relief or pain.

Reiki can also be used on animals as a non-invasive therapy to prevent suffering and pain. It can be used on any animal and even on fish in an aquarium.

It can also be used on plants and flowers to aid growth. Reiki can be performed on seeds by holding them in one hand and performing Reiki in the other. It can also be focused on the roots of a plant to help it grow and flower.

Trees can also benefit from Reiki. By placing hands on the trunk of a tree, it can heal and give it energy to grow.

Reiki on Inanimate Objects

There is a belief that Reiki can be used on anything, as everything is created by energy.

This includes, Reiki on electrical objects, on food to increase nutritional value and in rooms to cleanse and charge the energy!


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Who can Perform Reiki?

Reiki can be learned by anyone willing. It can be learned alongside other therapies or as a technique to use for relaxation.

Many places offer courses for Reiki. The courses run on different levels, which include:

  • First Degree, which is physical learning
  • Second Degree, which is emotional and mental learning
  • Master Degree, which is spiritual

The training consists of comprehensive learning as well as practical, alongside other students.

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Reiki Hand Positions


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    • Emma Harvey profile image

      Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Thanks starbright and krsharp05 for your kind comments. Yes, give Reiki a try, it could be beneficial :)

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      Kristi Sharp 5 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      emma, excellent hub! I've never heard of Reiki until now and it seems really cool. Very informative hub. I may have to give it a try! -K

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      Lucy Jones 5 years ago from Scandinavia

      Awesome hub and very interesting. I've also heard about this being used for cancer patients with good results for their inner well being. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up as useful.

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      Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Leah - that's really interesting to hear. It's good for patients to have something else to help with treatment. Thank you.

      urmilashukla23 - thank you for voting and sharing!

      healthylife2 - I guess Reiki is for those who are open to it. Thank you for your comment.

      HouseBuyersUS - thanks for stopping by and voting :)

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Excellent explanation of Reiki. I've always considered trying it and wonder if people do benefit.

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Interesting hub. You have provided a good information. Need to try this.

      Useful, voted up and shared.

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      Leah Lefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      My aunt worked with a Reiki practitioner in a cancer unit - the patients who used it said it made them very calm and centered. Great hub!

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      Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Fantastic MarleneB, especially as it's your first experience.

      You may want to go to a practitioner next and see if it is any different..

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Interesting! This is my first experience with Reiki. Great hub. The videos are wonderful. I participated in the second one and can see why it helps to relax and heal.

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      Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi joan, it really is an interesting subject to look into!

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi, great read! Voted up, awesome and interesting! I didn't know Reiki could be self applied, thanks for this information, I will be looking into it.

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      Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Thank you so much ALUR for commenting. It's nice to hear from someone who practices Reiki. I will come over to you and visit your hubs!

      Thanks for sharing :)

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      ALUR 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for enlightening many of this form of energy. I am a level 2 Master and not only can I attest to it's healing powers for friends/clients, it helps me as well! Going to share it with those that are intimidated easily by "new" alt treatments!

      You're welcome to read/rate my hubs as well.

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      Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Thanks Riverfish24 and Om. I think more people are opening up to the ideas of alternative medicine these days.

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      I had heard about Reiki before but didn't know we could use it on objects and food, too! How interesting. Rated up!

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      Riverfish24 5 years ago from United States

      Interesting info, I've heard of this and know many people who practice as well as receive it. Nice work Emma!