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 calm the nervous system and provide relief and support for a range of issues including:

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

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. 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 all levels of Usui / Holy Fire III reiki both in-person and online, including Karuna Reiki®.

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


For more information, download my brochure.