The Healing Properties of Reiki

I am a Reiki Master/Teacher, which is the most advanced level in the discipline.

Reiki is a healing modality which involves balancing the energy field. Adherents say that it has been around since the beginning of time, but it was rediscovered in Japan in the late 19th century. The theory behind this technique is that universal life force energy, or ki, is present throughout the body and is constantly moving. When there are no blocks in this energy, it will flow unimpeded and the person will remain healthy. If there is a blockage in the energy field, illness or injury will result. These blockages are generally caused by negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions.


The Reiki energy works to unblock these areas of congestion and restores the client to good health. The practitioner places his or her hands on various positions throughout the body in order to balance the energy of the client, and serves merely as a conduit for the universal life force energy.


Reiki has been shown to have cured illnesses and injuries from the common cold to serious, life-threatening situations such as cancer. Most clients experience a feeling of deep peace and relaxation at the very least. As a Master/Teacher, I have had clients who have been either cured or experienced a significant improvement in horseback riding injuries, emotional traumas, severe headaches, shoulder pain, depression, and severe anxiety.

A number of hospitals around the country, including some of the most reputable ones, have begun using Reiki. The well-known Dr. Mehmet Oz has had Reiki practitioners with him in the operating room during complicated heart surgeries. He has stated that none of the patients who were assisted with Reiki experienced a rejection of the transplanted heart. This is described more fully in an article entitled, “Reiki in Hospitals” on the web site of the International Center for Reiki Training(ICRT) in Southfield, Michigan(


Hospitals using Reiki have found that patients experience less pain, thus needing less pain medication; less anxiety; shortened time in the hospital and in the recovery room; and the ability to sleep better. These benefits have been well documented. It is therefore all the more difficult to understand why Reiki is not in universal use in traditional health-care settings.


The following story was told to me by a prominent Reiki practitioner in New York City. She has worked to introduce Reiki into several hospitals. In addition to her regular work as a registered nurse, she performs Reiki at an HIV/AIDS establishment. I talked with her on the telephone and asked her if it was difficult breaking new ground at these hospitals. She told me that in the beginning, the professional medical staff was not sure how Reiki would benefit patients. However, as time went on, the results began to be seen. The patients felt less anxious and required less pain medication. After a time, the nurses began to look forward to the arrival of the Reiki practitioners because it guaranteed that they would have a quiet afternoon.


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