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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.  


What does Reiki mean?

Reiki is the unity of two Japanese words Rei and Ki.  Rei is God Consciousness and Ki  is life energy.   There- for, Reiki can be defined as spiritually guided life force energy.


Is Reiki a Religion?

It is not a religion.  It has no Dogma adhered to.   There is no belief system in order to receive or learn Reiki.  It will work whether you believe it or not.  Reiki goes beyond both intellect and science affecting spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical imbalance.  One can continue with any religion or beliefs they choose.

Where does Reiki energy come from?

Reiki energy is a subtle energy which comes from the Higher Power, which exists on a higher dimension other than the physical world.  Reiki energy appears to enter the top of the practitioners head after which if flows through the body and out the hands.  Reiki exist within all living things which are connected to an infinite supply of healing energy. 

How Does Reiki Work?

When the life force which flows through our physical body and the energy field around our body, it nourishes the organs and cells supporting them in their vital functions.  When the flow of life force is disrupted, the function of our vital organs and tissues are diminished.

Reiki assists in ones healing by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way.


Because Reiki is guided by the God-consciousness, it can never do harm. It always knows what a person needs and will adjust itself to create the effect that is appropriate for them.  It is always helpful.


What can be treated with Reiki?

Reiki can have a positive effect on all forms of illness and negative conditions. This includes minor things like head or stomach aches, bee stings, colds, flu, tension and anxiety as well as serious illness like heart disease, cancer, leukemia, etc. The side effects of regular medical treatments have also been reduced or eliminated. This includes the negative effects of chemotherapy, post-operative pain and depression as well as improving the healing rate and reducing the time needed to stay in the hospital. Stress reduction with some improvement in one’s physical and psychological condition are what most experience.

Does one have to stop seeing a regular doctor or psychologist in order to receive a Reiki treatment?

No. Reiki works in conjunction with regular medical or psychological treatment. If one has a medical or psychological condition, it is recommended that one see a licensed health care professional in addition to receiving Reiki treatments. Reiki energy works in harmony with all other forms of healing, including drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method of alternative care and will improve the results.

What does one experience during a Reiki treatment?

The experience for the recipient varies from person to person.  Generally, one may feel a deep state of relaxation and well-being.   One might experience peace, the release of tension and clarity of mind.  One is left feeling refreshed, more positive, and balanced.


What does it feel like to give a treatment?

When giving a Reiki treatment, the Reiki energy flows through the practitioner before leaving the hands and flowing into the client. Because of this, the practitioner receives a treatment also. As the Reiki energy flows through the practitioner, she/he will feel more relaxed and uplifted. Spiritual experiences sometimes take place. The practitioner sometimes receives insights about what the client needs to know to heal more deeply.

I have heard that Reiki can be sent to others at a distance. How does this work?

At times Reiki can be requested by someone not in the practitioner presence.  Reiki can be sent to heal an individual or a situation at a distance.  The practitioner uses empowered Reiki symbols with the use of a picture, a written name, or a thought to send healing.  Because Reiki is Divine energy, it will go to the person or situation.  A. With the use of empowered Reiki symbols, a practitioner, can use a picture, a written name or by thinking of a person or a situation for distant healing. 


Are there any side effects from a Reiki treatment?

Most of the time a person will feel relaxed and uplifted by a Reiki treatment. However, sometimes a person will have what is called a healing crisis. As a person’s vibration goes up, toxins that have been stored in the body will be released into the blood stream to be filtered by the liver and kidneys and removed from the system. When this happens, sometimes a person can get a headache or stomach ache or feel weak. If this happens, it is a good idea to drink more water, eat lighter meals and get more rest. The body is cleansing as part of the healing process which is a good sign.

How much does a treatment usually cost?

A Reiki treatment usually will cost between $65.00 and $120.00 for individual sessions.  Group rates are determined by group size and duration.  However, some practitioners offer treatments free of charge or for a donation.