What is Reiki

Reiki is a form of alternative therapy. Just like Acupuncture, it is based on the concept of Qi, a universal life force within all beings and surrounding everything in the universe. You could say it is Acupuncture without the needles! In Japanese Rei means “ soul” and  Ki means “vital energy”. Thus the word Reiki loosely translates to “spiritual energy”.

History and Origin 

Reiki owes its origin to Japan. It has been practiced in Japan for thousands of years. Mikao Usui is recognized as the creator of the Usui Reiki healing system. It is Reiki as we know it today.  However, before he created and practiced his form, researchers suggest that there were many other original forms of energy healing systems in Japan. Older techniques had different names but no matter what the name, all techniques revolve around managing the energy within the body. So all techniques that involve Reiki energy can be defined as Reiki. 


Why and How is Reiki Performed

In essence, Reiki is a form of energy healing. Practitioners use hands to help people’s bodies heal themselves by modifying the body’s energy field. The treatment is believed to balance  ”qi” or “life force energy” within the body. The treatment is usually performed by hands. The practitioners place their hands near or lightly on the body. They may place hands near the head, shoulders, stomach, legs, feet, or any other part of the body that needs energy adjustment. Usually, only hands are used to navigate and transfer energy within the body. But sometimes practitioners may use crystals to release energy blockages. For the most part, the hands float over the body, but sometimes light touching is used to release any energy blocks found in the nervous system and body. Most sessions are performed in person. Sometimes practitioners use a proxy or visualize to send Reiki energy to their patients.

In Reiki energy is handled and modified by hands
Hands float around the body to manage and release energy blocks

What is Reiki good for?

According to National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), “Reiki therapy is a way of guiding energy throughout the body to promote the recipient’s self-healing abilities.” Reported benefits range from better sleep to better focus. Here are some of the most commonly reported  benefits

  • Better Sleep
  • Better pain management
  • Improved focus
  • Stronger immune system
  • Alleviate symptoms of  depression 

These are just some of the benefits and not a comprehensive list of benefits. Read more about other forms of alternative therapy in YogChakra Blog


The patient is not required to do anything in Reiki. They have to be open to energy transfer through gentle touch and have a positive mindset. According to all the opinions and studies, one fact seems to be clear there are no physical dangers in undergoing Reiki treatment. It does not seem to have any negative side effects. However, there is also no evidence or scientific proof to back its healing claims. Despite the lack of scientific proof, Reiki seems to be a popular form of complementary therapy. It is offered in many medical centers all over the world.

You can find a list of Reiki Practitioners on our directory here.




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