Frequently Asked Questions
We frequently get the following questions about Reiki from our students, clients, and clinical associates:
- What is Reiki and what can it do?
- Where does Reiki come from?
- Who can learn and use Reiki?
- How does it work?
- What is a Reiki treatment like?
What is Reiki and what can it do?
Reiki is a light-touch, energy-based healing technique that helps you feel better. It helps you relax, reduces your pain, and makes it easier for you to sleep so your body can heal itself. Reiki is a complementary healing technique that can enhance traditional medical treatments.
Reiki, the word, has two parts, Rei and Ki. Rei means "universal" and Ki means "energy of the universe." Therefore, the word Reiki means "Universal Energy."
Reiki is not associated with any religion or religious belief. It is accepted and practiced by members of virtually all religions.
Reiki works with people, animals, homes, work, plants, food and vitamins, situations, and almost anything else.
Where does Reiki come from?
There is no single simple answer to this question. Some believe Reiki was practiced by Buddhist monks in Tibet, as long as 2,500 years ago. Today, there are many varieties of Reiki, associated with the particular beliefs and experience of the Reiki teachers. HOwever, most current Reiki practices are based upon the teachings of Mikao Usui who discovered (some say rediscovered) Reiki and started teaching it in Japan in 1922. He continued teaching and practicing his Reiki until his death in 1926. Usui's Reiki was carried on by Dr. Chujiro Hayashi after Usui's death. Hayashi taught Usui Reiki to Hawayo Takata in 1936 and she became a Reiki Master in 1938. Mrs. Takata went on to introduce and teach modern Usui Reiki in the west. Her students went on to spread modern Usui Reiki throughout the world.
Who can learn and use Reiki?
Anyone who is "open and willing" to let this healing energy flow through them can learn and use Reiki. How do you know if you're open and willing? Basically, if you're visiting this website you are open and willing, and you can learn and use Reiki. Most people knew Reiki as a child but forgot it as they grew older. As a child, when you hurt yourself, your first reaction typically was to grab or hold the injured area or rush to your mother who would kiss it to make it better. That was Reiki!
How does it work?
Reiki heals by moving universal energy through the Reiki practitioner into the client. A Reiki practitioner uses their intention to contact universal energy, channel it through them, and deliver it to their client. A Reiki practitioner always intends the Reiki energy be used for their client's greatest good. Reiki can never do harm!
What is a Reiki treatment like?
During a Reiki treatment, you are fully clothed and fully aware of all that is occurring. Reiki is usually performed while the receiver is comfortably lying down and involves the Practitioner's hands resting for several minutes at designated positions around the head, shoulders, stomach, and back. During a session you may talk, ask questions, express feelings or you may rest quietly until its completion. The treatment begins and ends with a consultation between the Practitioner and receiver.
A standard Reiki treatment will vary depending on circumstances. The effects of a treatment will vary from individual to individual, but will usually continue to work for hours even days following a treatment.