Reiki is a subtle vibrational energy therapy that uses light touch to balance an individual’s biofield, stimulating the body’s natural healing ability. The biofield is an energy field, or matrix, which surrounds and interpenetrates the body, and is associated with cellular activity and communication, as well as human health. The biofield is believed to be a continuum from the deepest vibrational level to the physical level as part of the universal consciousness and vital life force energy.
While evidence of energy healing dates back thousands of years, Reiki is widely thought to have been established in Japan by the Tendai Buddhist, Mikao Usui (1865-1926), in the early 20th century. Mikao Usui taught that spiritual practice was necessary to connect with the universal consciousness and intelligence that sustains all life, and that energy healing, through the manipulation of the vibrational field, can balance life force energy, releasing the mind and body of illness and disorder, and increasing resistance to stress.
The word Reiki is derived from the words “rei” and “ki”. Rei refers to the universal intelligence that penetrates, sustains, and guides the functioning of all living and non-living matter. Ki is the vital energy that flows through and around living systems, creating health and vitality. It is believed that a disruption in the flow of Ki causes equal disruption and restriction in the natural functioning of the organs and tissues, consequently, leading to disease and illness.
Another important aspect of Ki is the mind/body connection, whereby thoughts and feelings manifest in the body. For example, positive thoughts and feelings enhance the natural flow of Ki, promoting health and wellbeing, whereas negative thoughts and feelings disrupt the flow of Ki, leading to disharmony, disorder and disease.
Reiki practitioners channel the vibrational life force energy to the recipient according to the recipient’s needs. For example, touch is maintained at various positions on the body until the practitioner senses a shift in the vibrational force, an indication that Ki is once again flowing freely. At this point, the practitioner moves to another position, continuing the treatment until the natural flow of Ki is restored throughout the body. There are typically 12 hand positions for the head, front torso and back. However, practitioners may vary their technics according to their patients’ needs.
While research has yet to discover the mechanisms of action involved in Reiki therapy, preliminary studies suggest that Reiki can be effective in:
- Reducing cancer-related symptoms
- Reduce heart rate and blood pressure
- Reduce pain
- Decrease fatigue
- Reduce stress
- Reduce anxiety
- Reduce depression
- Increase heart rate variability
- Enhance physical relaxation
- Increase self-esteem
- Increased physical functioning
- Enhance quality of life
- Enhance one’s sense of wellbeing
Below you will find some of our frequently asked questions about Reiki. If your question is not answered, please feel free to contact us!
Reiki is a passive practice using light touch on several areas of the body, typically 12 positions on the head, front and back of the body. Participants are fully clothed, and seated in a chair or laying on a treatment table. Hands may also be placed directly on the site of an injury, or hover a few inches above the affected area as desired by the participant. Session lengths may vary, but are generally between 45 to 75 minutes.
Because Reiki is an individualised holistic therapy, the speed of healing and recovery is also dependent on the individual. However, practitioners suggest that a minimum of 4 full treatments are required for individuals with chronic conditions.
While courses vary depending on the school and Master, first degree Reiki training typically requires 8 to 12 hours of class time, involves four initiations, and a recommended minimum of 3 months of practice. Second degree training also requires 8 to 12 hours of class time, includes the use of specific symbols for distant healing, and involves one initiation. Master training traditionally involves one initiation and a one-year apprenticeship.
Participants have reported vibrational flow, tingling, heat or cool sensations, and waves of relaxation.
Yes, there are several schools and practitioners in Canada that offer Reiki certification.