About Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese hands-on technique which gently facilitates the release of stress and tension, promotes deep relaxation, and supports physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and healing.

Japanese characters for rei - ki

Reiki was named by Master Mikao Usui who discovered how to access, use and share this healing energy in Japan in 1922.  In Japanese, “Rei” (pronounced “ray”) means “universal” and “Ki” (sounds like “key”) refers to the vital life force energy which is within and connects all living things.  “Ki” is recognized in many cultures and religions and is referred to in various ways including “Chi” (Chinese); “Light” / “Holy Ghost” (Christianity); and “Prana” (Hindu).

We are not always able to respond to physical and/or emotional pain effectively in the moment.  Denying or suppressing pain is a natural, pragmatic response which allows us to carry on; however, unfortunately, at the same time, it disrupts the flow of energy in our bodies.  Over time, if we do not acknowledge and clear disrupted energy, the blockages can manifest as “issues in the tissues” or, in Japanese, “byoki”; with “byo” referring to a malady and “ki” to energy.

In my practice, I have seen reiki provide support and relief for a range of issues including:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • insomnia/fatigue
  • fertility
  • pregnancy
  • feeling stuck in one’s work / career
  • marital / interpersonal challenges
  • parenting / caregiver depletion / burnout
  • childhood pain / family of origin issues
  • emotional distress/trauma
  • injury / surgery recovery
  • chronic health conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis
  • serious illnesses including cancer
  • grief

To find out what it’s like to receive reiki, please see Your Reiki Session and Reiki Stories.

To work with reiki energy, you must be attuned by a qualified Reiki Master Teacher. Anyone can receive an attunement and learn how to work with reiki energy to treat themselves and others.

Many types of reiki have arisen from Master Usui’s original teachings.  I am trained and certified to teach traditional Usui, and Holy Fire II / Karuna Reiki®.

Reiki is not a religion, although its precepts are consistent with many spiritual traditions:

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