Many ancient cultures believe that energy flows through our entire body affecting our entire being. Recent research have found that there is energy that flows throughout the physical body and a disruption in the flow of energy creates the imbalances which are the causes of physical, mental and emotional illness.

Mikao Usui was the originator of what we today call Reiki. Usui sensei studied and traveled to western countries and China several times. At some point in his life he became a Tendai Buddhist Monk/Priest. Mikao Usui found that the healing techniques contained within his spiritul system worked well on various ailments. In April 1922 he opened his first school/clinic in Harajuku Tokyo. His school/clinic was formed not just for the spiritual teachings but it was also a way for people to obtain healing. Dr Mikao Usui passed away on March 9th 1926 at the age of 62. He is buried in Saihoji Temple in Suginami-Ku, Tokyo.


The meaning of “Reiki”

Reiki is a Japanese word meaning “universal life energy” or “spiritual energy” which is utilized by a practitioner for the purpose of healing. Reiki is a gentle method of hands-on healing that uses this energy to enhance the body’s natural healing ability and promoting wellbeing such as stress reduction and relaxation. Reiki is a technique that addresses both chronic and acute conditions, gently promoting balance among all the body’s systems and the regenerative process of body and mind.

What is a Reiki session like?

To receive Reiki, most people lie on a table fully clothed. No pressure is applied and the treatment is very adaptable and can be given while the patient is in as sitting position, on a hospital bed and through any casts or bandages.

The practitioner will gently place the hands over different areas of the body that requires treatment, such as head, shoulders, chest, stomach, and legs. Practitioners usually follow a series of hands positions but they can be placed anywhere else where is required, for example over an injury or other area of discomfort. The “universal energy” will flow in the right amount through to the practitioner to the client according to individual needs, so as to restore the physical and emotional balance.

The first Reiki session usually takes between 60 to 90 minutes which includes an initial interview to assess how best to treat the individual, lifestyle questions, any current medications being taken and a medical history. Generally, subsequent treatments take an hour to carry out.

Effects after a Reiki session

Though Reiki techniques appear simple, the effects can feel profound. Most people experience a deep relaxation state during the treatment and afterwards. People may also feel tingling, pulsing, a feeling of warmth, comfort and even fall asleep.

Results might be subtle, however after a Reiki session people experience a sense of calm, wellbeing and a deep restful sleep. The experience is unique according to each individual’s physical and mental state. It is possible that people could experience powerful sensations and emotions during or after a session. The practitioner will hear people’s personal experiences to a degree they are comfortable sharing them, with the aim of offering the best support and help.

Reiki in health care

Reiki is well known worldwide for complementing all type of medical treatments, psychological counselling and massage therapy. Reiki is being used in a growing number of hospitals and is appropriate for patients in any state of health. In addition, it is practiced in any medical scenario, from outpatient clinics to intensive care.

According to medical studies, some of the most significant benefits of reiki are:


– Significant reduction of pain in medical conditions such as cancer, pre and post-surgical pain management, and musculoskeletal disorders.

– Release muscle tension.

– Increase mobility in patients with conditions like multiple sclerosis, lupus and fibromyalgia.

– Complementary management of chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.

– Beneficial in hospice care scenarios alleviating pain and anxiety in both patients and family members.

– Increase feelings of relaxation and a sense of wellbeing.

– Improvement in immune and nervous system function.

– Relief of anxiety, depression, stress, and fatigue.

– Aids with the recovery of any type of trauma and grief.



Reiki as alternative/complementary medicine

Reiki treatment stands on its own as a healing practice and is also safely used to support orthodox and complementary medicine. Reiki doesn’t interfere with or diminish the intended effects of other health or medical practices. It nurtures you by bringing the balance of your mind, body and emotions

“People with high anxiety and /or depression who received Reiki showed a progressive improvement in overall mood and reduction of stress levels” – Psychology Department, Goldsmiths, University of London, U.K.